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Music education resources for Grand Rapids students and information for parents about the benefits of learning to play music, how to develop proficiency and more.

BB King playing guitar

Celebrating Black Artists: Part 1

In this article, we will celebrate some of rock music’s earliest artists and influencers. Many of these artists were inspired by musicians that came from other genres, such as blues, folk, jazz, and gospel. You will find these inspirations in most of the artists listed below. In addition to their biographies, be sure to check out their notable songs and what popular artists or bands they are known to have directly influenced.

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