In 7th grade, we begin to learn about how musical styles are created and developed. No music happens in a vacuum. Musicians love music (obviously) and are constantly influenced by what they hear around them. But the most influential time is at your age, when they minds are like sponges to the music that begins to shape their lives. This start this term with a modern musician, and go back to find their musical lineage.
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