What difference does it make?

Throughout this class we have learned about the progression of music since Africans were first brought over to America as slaves. Although it would be easy to say that we studied black music because we only focused on African American artists and movements of music in the African American music, one of the biggest take […]

What difference does it make?

In the past class, we thought about the importance of music today versus past melodic kinds that aided impacted the present music, for example, jazz, blues, common and the sky is the limit from there. The melody we investigated was Gucci Gang. As I would see it, music is indispensable in the African Diaspora by […]

What Difference Does It Make?

Many Americans downplay the role that music plays in our lives, and exactly where these styles stem from. Over time, African Americans have paved the way for all music whether slavery, Civil Rights, or just plain protests. While this has been the case since the beginning of time, our people have not received the credit […]

What Difference Does It Make?

Music has a powerful influence no matter what type of music it is and who the music is coming from. However African American music has a different type of impact and influence on the listener. It attaches the person who is listening to it with the soulful feel of it. African American music has developed […]

The Black Music Experience: What’s the Difference?

Taking a class like Survey of African American Music was very important in my progression as a student of music and life at large. Music is expression and is always a reflection of the times whether its right or wrong. Black music is very much so apart of the American cultural experience. The difference between […]

Music and Me

Music has played a huge part in everyone’s life whether it was through direct interaction of music or hearing a loved one sing a certain song, and now that song holds a special place in your heart. Music is and has always been a major factor in our history from slave songs all the way […]

What Difference Does it Make

As African Americans, music is incredibly important to our culture. When our ancestors were brought over as slaves, it was expected that their culture and, along with it, music would be lost but this was far from true. The slaves used their music as a form of communication and rebellion. It was a source of […]


African American music is the root of many musical genres. Many of these genres embody the struggle, empowerment, human rights and perseverance of the African American community. Although, many White artists have gotten the credit for our unique sounds it is important to understand the foundations of genres such as gospel, rock and roll, soul, […]

What Difference Does It Make?

“Nothing crosses racial barriers more easily than music” a phrase that is accurate on the most superficial level of the musical experience. Attending a Hip Hop or Rap concert now a day has become a more culturally inclusive experience than ever before; people of all races, ages, and ethnicities all in one space just enjoying […]

What Difference Does It Make?

Within the African American, music has made a huge difference. Music has been the center of African communities, in every social setting including ceremonies, holidays, family, church, and/ or work. Music is used to uplift their spirits, celebrate love, and even signal despair. It has provided numerous outlets.  In todays age, music influences so many aspects of people lives, whether […]

What difference does it make? By Ivy Watkins

For people of color/ people of the African diaspora, music has meant everything to us. To call music, sound, and dance a saving grace for our culture and generations is an understatement. Because we were captured from Africa, forced across the Atlantic Ocean, and enslaved for years! Our history was supposed to be lost when […]

What Difference Does It Make?

For me, the answer to this question is pretty simple, music makes all the difference. It’s no secret that Black people have had a very difficult history in the Americas and have always had to do everything with added difficulty. But, music was the way that Black people expressed their cares, feelings, interests, etc. Music […]

What Difference Does It Make?

Throughout history and to this day, music has played a huge role in the development of society. Music has the power to influence those who listen and has shaped how we think and how we act. In the times of slavery, negro spirituals developed a sense of hope and community amongst slaves. When it seemed […]

Why Music Matters

When observing historical events in America, there is an apparent correlation with the evolution of music. At the beginning of the transition of African music to African American music in America following during slavery, negro spirituals and ring shouts were heavily monitored by the white Slave owners, causing them to “calm down” their performance. Later, […]

What Difference Does It Make?

African American music such as negro spirituals has united black people and created a sense of kinship. Negro spirituals incorporated a sense of community among slaves as they were going through hardships. More specifically speaking, African American music has made major contributions and has really evolved through the years. Rap music specifically has played a […]

What Difference Does it Make?

Music, especially in the African American community, has been a central part of life. Music marks major life events, transitions, and celebrations. In the African American community, there is seldom a moment where music is not an underlying part of life, both at the individual and community levels. To me personally, music has been a […]

What Difference Does it Make?

Growing up  I listened to the native songs of Sierra Leone. My parents made a strong effort for my brothers and I to understand and identify with the music of our country. I think it is very important for us to think as music as form of communication. Everyone in their own way can define […]

Does all music need to be meaningful? What difference does it make?

Music and societal happenings have always been intertwined. Music holds the power to reflect and create social conditions — including those that advance or impede progress. Therefore, music is a powerful medium. In social groups it facilitates communication that goes beyond mere words and promotes the creation of group and national identities. In an individual […]

Brief post on why IT matters

Studying music brings me to realize that there is not much of a difference to me because analyzing music does not have much affect on the music I listen to. I do recognize however that there is more that meets the eye with the background in many artist’s music. Sometimes people make music about their […]