Tamia McLaughlin’s IME


Hi, my name is Tamia McLaughlin. I am a sophomore, Early Childhood and Development major from Minneapolis, Minnesota.


I am excited for this course, because I will have the chance to broaden my knowledge on artist and musicians of color. I also simply love music and the way it can create vibes that both influence and change feelings and emotions. Sometimes even unnoticeably. It seems like the class will be a lot of fun and I look forward to learning.


Growing up I played many different instruments. The piano, guitar, saxophone, and flute-in that order. I took piano and guitar lessons as a child, and played the saxophone and the flute in the middle school band. High school I was an alto in the choir and now I just sing in the shower to my favorite tunes. Music has been a large part in my life and has helped to sculpt me into who I am today.







This semester has been full of laughs, loaded with information, and left me questioning a lot of things. I learned about the different musical genres that

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African American Quartets

African American Quartets emerged in the 1920’s, or otherwise known as the roaring 20’s, during a era of dramatic political and social change. More [white]

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The Blues: On the Backs of the Black

Before white America had Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, and Metal, southern African American musicians created the blues. A genre, that was originally about overcoming black struggles, saying what

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