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Music plays an important role in todays culture Whether youre driving in your car watching a movie or are at a sporting event music is all around you It pleases your emotions soothes your soul and takes away all the worries in the world But its not just one type of music that has this effect on everybody In fact there is an indefinite amount of genres of music The amount depends on how one classifies the music Throughout this paper I will tell of different genres of music in todays American culture and give a thorough description of each The first genre and probably most well known is Rock Pop Most of a record companys income would come from this genre Rock is a form of dance music originating around the 1950s and is a blend of rhythm and blues with country and western Electric guitars vocals an electric bass and a drum set consisting of a snare drum a bass drum tom-toms a hi-hat cymbal a ride and a crash cymbal usually comprise the sound of Rock but a keyboard and a piano can also fall into this category There is many different subdivisions of Rock for instance theres Punk Rock Heavy Metal Death Metal Surf Rock etc Pop usually appeals to younger people due to its catchy and simple music but it plays quite the significant role in todays culture Next is Opera music Opera is drama set to music Around 1600 it originated in Italy and has been spread throughout many countries In late history Opera was originally composed and performed for the upper-class society whereas in todays society it can be enjoyed by anybody Jazz is the next category Jazz is an American tradition Its categorized by its strong but flexible rhythm with solo and group improvisations on basic tunes To sum it all up you can call it big band dance music Jazz originated in New Orleans around
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