The Harlem Stride Style, is best known as a new form of piano playing. This new form initially began during the Harlem Renaissance. Again tool that established the differences between poor and the elite black community. Traditional jazz bands made up of mainly brass instruments were considered to be a symbol of the South. Where as the piano was considered to be an instrument primarily used by the wealthy. With having such a different distinction to the existing genre, the wealthy African Americans were now considered to have the access they needed to jazz music. Such popularity took off and spread throughout the entire country. 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 blacks musical style was becoming 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 African American poets in their songs. This happened along while the foundational context of the African American harmonies, and melodies remained. They incorporated styles such as blues, spirituals, and jazz into their concert pieces. African Americans also began to merge with artists in the classical world of musical composition, which had long been popular 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. By at least one measure, its success was clear: “the Harlem Renaissance was the first time that a considerable number of mainstream 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.