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The “Harlem Stride Style”, is best known as a unique form of playing piano . This unfamiliar form initially began at the time of the Harlem Renaissance. A tool that established many differences between lower class and the higher class black community. Classical jazz bands made up of mainly brass instruments were seen to be a representation of the South. Where as the piano is known to be an instrument primarily used by the rich. With having such a different distinction to the current genre, the upper class African Americans were now considered to have the access they needed to the genre of jazz. Such fame took off and expanded through the entire United States. As with all performers having access to such innovation was vitally important for performers. Musicians at the time showed great talent and didn’t at all mind competition. Many African American musicians were looked upon as having paved the way for our next generation of musicians.  This was a time seen as when the African American unique style was seen as more interesting by far more americans that stretched far beyond blacks. Unfortuniatly, this was also a time that created opportunity for musicians to be exploited. Some composers were seen to use written context such as poems that had been written by other black poets in their songs. This happened along while the foundational context of the black melodies, and harmonies remained. They incorporated styles such as blues and jazz into their performances. African Americans also began to join with artists in the traditional lyrical composition, which had long been famous among white audiences.  Even while including the most famous African-American musicians of the time, they were still highly by the idea of the “New Negro”.  Through employing the idea of the “New Negro,” the image of African-Americans in American art music changed from a stereotype to a depiction of people of African descent as significant contributors to the American cultural landscape. With the Harlem Renaissance moving forward completely , jazz evolved into the “people’s” music. The Harlem Renaissance music meant more than just music, it was seen as a way of life. It touched all the African American creative arts. While its participants were determined to truthfully represent the African American experience and believed in racial pride and equality, they shared no common principle. The Harlem Renaissance was the first time that a considerable number of common publishers and critics took African American music seriously, and it was the first time that African American music and its composers and the arts attracted significant attention from the nation at large.