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Unformatted text preview: embers not within that culture. Like a culture’s language, the music is embedded with information that is best understood by individuals who know what the abstract sounds mean. When we listen to music, we are “hearing” it through our individual cultural conditioning. In this course we are exploring the music of the United States, a country whose unique cultural context helped it be a crucible for the creation of many new music genres. What is it that makes the United States so unique? Music in America One important distinction that makes the United States rather unique is that it is a country of immigrants and these immigrants are from all over the world. Although there was an indigenous population, that population was almost immediately marginalized. When the new United States government decided to tak...
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