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Class 1: Black American Music from 1640-1920

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Dive into the rich and vibrant history of Black music with our inaugural class in the series, "Black Music History: From 1640-1920." This class offers an in-depth exploration of the origins and evolution of key musical genres that have shaped the cultural and musical landscape. Focusing on spirituals, Ragtime, and the Blues, you’ll gain a profound understanding of how these genres emerged, their cultural significance, and their lasting impact on music and society. Highlights of the Class: Spirituals: Discover the soulful and deeply emotional roots of Black American spirituals, which were born out of the experiences of enslaved Africans and served as a source of hope and resistance. Ragtime: Learn about the lively and syncopated rhythms of Ragtime, a genre that became immensely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, influencing the development of jazz. Blues: Trace the origins of the Blues, a genre that expresses the struggles and triumphs of African Americans, and see how it laid the foundation for many modern music styles. Join us for this enlightening journey through history, culture, and music, and deepen your appreciation for the powerful legacy of Black musical traditions.

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