In the text book America’s Musical Landscape by Jean Ferris, the book takes us through the history of the evolution of American music. The book delves into the different time periods of America’s music beginning with early North American music all the way to today’s modern music. Additionally, the book also explains how music, theater and film intertwine to provide some spectacular art. Jean Ferris finishes the book by exploring America’s concert music. Let us now take a closer look into the different time periods brought out in the book.
The book America’s Musical Landscape starts by looking back to early North American Music from the American Indians, to the religious and non religious music of the European and African settlers. According to the book “Native American music was and is song, sometimes supported by instruments.”1 The Native American used different types of instruments to accompany their songs or chants such as the drums, flute and rattles. Like music for us today the Native Americans used music in all different aspects of their lives. The early European settlers brought religious hymns with them when they settled here and it was not long before singing schools were established to improve the quality of music in the church. However, as the eighteenth century wore on the music was involving and becoming more secular.
By the nineteenth century there was a movement to reform “American music by making in sound more European.”2 During this time frame music was brought to the public school system to improve the knowledge of music. Music was being enjoyed everywhere. During the Civil war era minstrel became a very popular form of entertainment. By the mid-nineteenth century nationalism was beginning to take shape in America’s music and soloist performing concert was being enjoyed.
After World War I the country enjoyed several different types of great music such as ragtime music which is a...