Music & Teens Today
By Aydia B
Teens listen to many different genres of music. Some genres are listened to more than others and some are more discriminated than others as well.
Tyler, a classmate of mine, has his own view music. “I listen to Pop and Country because they makes me feel relaxed,” he says. Sometimes, others react to the music he listen to by questioning why he listen to those genres. I asked, “How do you feel about genres that aren’t commonly listened to by teens?” Tyler replied, “I don’t like them because they are different and too loud. I don’t listen to Heavy Metal, and Rock isn’t good because not many teens listen to it.”
There could be many different opinions on the questions i asked, so I decided to personally ask three other teens to see how the responses vary. One friend of mine, Jacob, listens to instrumental or classical music because it puts him in a peaceful state of mind. People tend to act surprised or weirded out when he tells them that he listens to that music. Jacob doesn’t listen to Dupstep because he thinks it all sounds the same, it is overplayed and repetitive. Unlike Tyler, Jacob does likes genres that aren’t commonly listened to by teens because it defines other people on what they want to listen to and also because it is different and shows how different people really are.
I also interviewed two other friends of mine except this time they were girls so you could see how the opposite sex views music as well. I interviewed Veronica with the same questions and the answers turned out surprisingly different. Veronica’s favorite music is R&B, and Rap. She says people don’t act surprised when she shows them what music she listens too. She doesn’t listen to Opera because she thinks it doesn’t have a purpose, and that it hurts her ears. Veronica is open to music that isn’t commonly listened to and she doesn’t judge it because it is interesting and there is a different message being sent. The last interview I did was with my friend Maddy. Maddy listens to mostly Alternative music because it makes her happy and calm. She says people don’t really react or care that she listens to Alternative music. She doesn’t listen to Country because she says it all sounds the same and the lyrics are generally also the same. According to her, it’s okay for other teens to listen to not very common music because anyone should be able to listen to whatever music they choose.