How to Write a Blog Post

A great blog post takes an idea, planning, and execution. Dr. Johnson provides great tips for your writing success on Black Music Scholar. Your ideas are important to the worlds understanding of the gift of African American Music.


Always keep the thesis in mind. Your writing should advance your idea and support your argument. A thesis will unite and organize your ideas.


Create an outline based on a draft, or form an outline early in the writing process. Outlines make it easier to define the main ideas and how to arrange them.


Which ideas are most important? Emphasize what is most important and write less about less essential parts.


Related ideas should be written in the same or adjacent paragraphs. This will show a connection between supporting arguments.


Be consistent! If the first three points are organized chronologically, organize the rest of the blog post similarly.

No Redundency

Once you prove your point, move on. Don’t prove the same point over and over again. Each paragraph should add something new to the thesis discussion.


A well-organized blog meets the reader’s expectation. If you raise a question, answer it in the following paragraph. Expectations move the readers through the post and develops the thesis.

Grand Finale

Write your strongest ideas near the end. Make sure that the final paragraph summarized all of your ideas.


Use audio and video examples that point to your thesis statement. Do not overuse media examples and design them in a manner that highlight your scholarship.

Sample Genres

Black Music Scholar is a valuable resources for learning the evolution of African American music in America and beyond. Young scholars have the opportunity to express themselves and discover their true creative nature by understanding the work of the ancestors and beyond.
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Golden Gate International Inc.


20 Facts About Folk Music

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20 Facts: African American Folk Music

-The banza is a guitar-like instrument with four to six strings, often known as the banjo. It has been used in many African dances and is one of the oldest African instruments.
-The djembe is a type of drum that originated in West Africa. At the middle of the circle, women would take turns singing, clapping, and dancing to the music as the spirit moved them.
-Similar to a xylophone in sound, the balafon is a sort of tuned percussion instrument. Two cushioned sticks are used to strike the tuned keys while playing the instrument. In Africa, it has been practiced since the 12th century.
-Patting Juba: A complicated, quick rhythmic accompaniment to dance that combines simple hand clapping with slapping of the legs and torso.
-Quills are an uncommon panpipe-family instrument from the American South. It is a group of at least two to eight cane pipes. T
-Work songs were sung by groups of laborers in the fields. When hoeing, planting, harvesting, picking cotton, etc., these tunes could be played. The group would answer when the leader called or sang a line. Many slaves maintained their pace in this way.
-A lone worker in the fields sings a little song known as a “field holler” or “field cry.” It had several uses, such as labour songs. They served as means of expressing and conveying various emotions.
-The musical landscape of America has greatly benefited from the influence of African American folk music.
-call and response
-rhythm: syncopation, concrescence, tension, improvisation, percussion,swung note
-texture: antiphony, homophony, polyphony, heterophony
-harmony: vernacular progressions; complex multi-part harmony, as in spirituals and barbershop music
-The phrase “folk music” and words that represent it in other languages refer to a wide variety of musical genres; the meaning of the term changes depending on the region of the world, socioeconomic class, and historical era.
-The core traditions of folk music are passed down orally or auraly, which means that learning them requires listening rather than reading lyrics or music. Typically, this occurs in informal, local social networks of relatives or friends rather than official settings like a church or school.
-The idea is applicable to societies where a smaller social, economic, and intellectual elite maintains an urban, technically more advanced musical legacy for and in cities, courts, or urbanized cultures.
-In general, “folk music” refers to music that many people can comprehend and identify with, especially those from lower socioeconomic groups.
-Folk groups valued specialists—instrumentalists and singers of narratives—over amateurs historically because some folk songs were literally well-known to all members of a community.
-Folk music as it is thought to have existed in the past can be addressed independently from revivals such as those of 19th-century European nationalism and the revivals of the 20th century, just before and after World War II, that were driven by political agendas.
-Since the origin of a folk song is rarely known outside of the community, it was formerly thought that one of the main criteria for identifying folk music was how anonymous the writing process was.
-However, it is now obvious that folk songs and other compositions are the result of individual invention, whether by villagers or by professional or church musicians whose work is somehow incorporated into the folk culture.

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