Folk Music Traditions

We have studied traditional music in other cultures: African, Indian and Japanese. The USA is often referred to as a cultural “melting pot” and our folk music reflects influences from European, African, Native American and Latino cultures, depending upon the region and ethnic group involved. For this assignment, give responses to the following questions in your essay about the importance of Folk Music in modern society:

• How important is the preservation, study and performance of the folk music traditions of the cultures listed above to the values of our (American) modern society?
• Do you consider folk music as an important influence on modern popular music?
• Which genre(s) of American popular music are most influenced by the folk music traditions listed above? (be as specific as you can and use as many of the listed genres as possible)
• Do you listen to or perform folk music as part of your typical social routines?
(Consider holiday traditions and festivals when you give you answer – you may surprise yourself).

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