Southeastern North Carolina is home to many genres of music because people have settled here from different parts of the country. As a result, an integral part of life here revolves around music appreciation and education. Students of all ages take piano and voice lessons as well as learn to master the art of playing woodwind (flute, oboe, clarinet, and saxophone), brass instruments (trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, and French horn), and string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass).
Southeastern North Carolina is the birthplace of the blues so guitar playing and guitar lessons go right along with the blues music. Additionally, many traditional instruments and self-made instruments are used in a wide variety of bluegrass venues such as the harmonica, the jaw harp, the saw, the washboard, the dulcimer, the slide guitar, and the jug.
Furthermore, the area boasts many music festivals and residents strive to be part of those music festivals by practicing and honing in on their musical instrument skills. It seems that any activity in Southeastern North Carolina has some type of music involved with it. Festivals, parades, street fairs, and school concerts are not complete without the addition of some musical talent. Students take music lessons year round to prepare for these activities.
Music is an integral part of worship as well. No matter what religious affiliation a resident may have in Southeastern North Carolina, live music is a part of their worship services. Children begin taking music lessons at a very early age to partake of the music in their worship services. In summation, Southeastern North Carolina has a population with diverse musical interests.