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  1. Introduction
  2. History
  3. How music was used within Appalachian culture
  4. Characteristics of Appalachian music
  5. Instruments
  6. Notables of the genre - past and mordern day contributors
  7. How Appalachian music is relevant to our American culture then and now
  8. Conclusion
  9. Bibliography

Appalachian music. Usually paired with the image of hicks on a dilapidated porch in West Virginia. To some Americans, Appalachian music could seem to be a genre of simple minded folk songs from a poor town in the southern mountains of North America. Some people may simply think of the Deliverance theme song, met by the image of a handicapped child playing his banjo in the trails of Appalachia. What most people do not think about is the significance that Appalachian music plays in most of the music America listens to today. This music has influenced many other genres, including Rock & Roll, Classical and even Punk, and especially what we know today as urban folk.

[...] Although Appalachian music is not initially considered a genre of high sophistication, when closely studied one sees how valuable this music is to the history of American music. Without such music, America would not have such equally influential genres as, Urban Folk, Country Music, Blues and Rock ?n' Roll. Bibliography Dexter, Diane. An American Mosaic. Vol Jones, Joanna. Copland Appalachian Spring; Music for the Theatre; Two Ballads; El Salon Mexico, etc Copland Appalachian Spring; Music for the Theatre; Two Ballads; El Salon Mexico, etc Little, Thomas J. [...]

[...] The reason for this is because as opposed to British communities, Appalachian community gatherings were not as frequent, so this would be there only chance to meet members of their community all in one place. Unfortunately, by the 1930s, with the combination of liquor and fighting, Square dances faded out. Nineteen states in the U.S. have designated the square dance as their state dance. African Americans had their own dance, called the ?Cakewalk?. This music and dance was a grotesque outgrowth of just some of the ways slaves were treated by the White community. [...]

[...] Despite their unfortunate introduction to the region, the Africans of Appalachia would contribute greatly in the development of Appalachian music. The life of an Appalachian was a difficult one. Since most communities by the Civil War were only approximately three generations old, many of the social systems in this isolated atmosphere were very fragile and less stable than that of a typical New England government. The geography of the mountains themselves is very rugged. Out of these struggles grew a strong sense of community and interdependence. [...]

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