We live in a multicultural society, and we often think that this is a uniquely modern and American condition. Our study of history shows us that this is not the case. Still, it is helpful to consider the role of cross-cultural influences in our own society.
What constitutes influence, and how do we recognize it in music?
What influences from other cultures, or ethnic groups do you see in music that you are familiar with (sacred or secular)?
Do you view such influences as positive or negative? Why?