You might not be surprised that a play entitled The Piano Lesson is full of music. The play features many types of music throughout, specifically focusing on African-American styles. The blues, boogie-woogie, the work song, and the railroad song all make an appearance. In this way, the play serves as a document of these important aspects of not only African-American but American culture. By the end of the play, however, music is elevated to an even higher purpose. When the piano of the play's title is used to channel the spirits of the dead, music is shown to be a powerful medium though which humanity can access the divine.
Throughout The Piano Lesson music is used to communicate with the dead.
The Piano Lesson includes several different types of African-American music, including the blues, the railroad song, and the work song.