Hello, my name is Jiana Barnes. I am a graduating senior psychology major from Staten Island, NY. I am 21 years old, a scorpio, and lover of all shows that play on ABC on Thursday nights.


I essentially have a very realistic mindset I believe you give what you get 100%. This semester I am very focused on applying to graduate school and finishing my last semester of undergrad strong. As far as my mindset going into this class, I am very excited. I enjoy listening to all types of music however I enjoy African American music the most. Also, after meeting for the first time with Dr. Johnson I am extremely excited to see how fun and informative this class will be.


Growing up I played the piano and guitar. I also took vocal lessons, sang in my church choir, was part of the vocal performing arts program at my high school, and was a member of a dance team in middle and high school. My grandmother and great aunts were gospel recording artists in the 60s, so I’ve been around music for as long as I can remember. I really enjoy Neo Soul and R&B music preferably from the 90s and early 00s. However, I enjoy trap music just as much as the next person.



Jazz it Up Then

Jazz emerged as a genre in the twentieth century in New Orleans and is characterized by improvisation, syncopation, swing, blues feeling, and harmonic complexity. The sound

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What is Ragtime ?

  Ragtime developed toward the end of the 19th century in African American communities in the Southern Midwest, particularly St. Louis, Missouri. This music form

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Hip Hop

Hip Hop was created in the early 1970s in New York City, specifically the Bronx. This genre is characterized by verbal and lyrical delivery over

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Music from the 40s-90s

The artwork I created to represent the genres over the years is a timeline. I chose a timeline because when we received this project I

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