This week, your assignment is to explore the legacy of the black artist during the Harlem Renaissance in Harlem, New York. Please review the section in Chapter 14: The Modernist World on the Harlem Renaissance and then view these two videos on this movement in art, paying close attention to the sections on music. Then, you will need to choose one of the following artists to write about History Brief: The Harlem Renaissance (Links to an external site.) and Harlem Renaissance Music Playlist (Links to an external site.).
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- Louis Armstrong
- Duke Ellington
- Benny Goodman
- Harry James
- Glenn Miller
- Tommy Dorsey
- Count Basie
- Artie Shaw
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Bessie Smith
- Billie Holiday
- Fats Waller
- Jelly Roll Morton
- Willie Smith
Once you’ve chosen a musician, please explore his or her music in depth. In two pages, discuss your artist’s role in the Harlem Renaissance and the humanities. Please refer to the Files section for an assignment sheet with questions to get you started as well as the grading rubric for the assignment.
The student has written two full, double-spaced pages and answered all necessary questions and components of the assignment. The student explains which musician they chose and why. 10 points
Conventions of Music: The student has described the basic properties of music they’ve chosen (how the music is put together). 20 points
Historical Aspect: The student has taken into account the heritage of black music, the Great Migration, and the ethnic expression of jazz in the Harlem Renaissance. 20 points
Role of the Musician: The student has written a strong essay on the role of their artist in the Harlem Renaissance and the humanities. 25 points
Grammar, Mechanics, and Style: Grammar refers to correctness of language usage. Mechanics refers to conventional correctness in capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Style includes word choice, sentence variety, clarity, and conciseness. Also, sentences vary in length and structure; ideas are clear, logical, and concise. 10 points