I am Italian, so some genres that are associated with the Italian culture are pop, classical, rock and folk. The genre I will be focusing on is Italian Folk music. Some instruments used include the accordion, flutes, and bagpipes. The music originated in the 16th century. Some unique characteristics of Italian Folk music is the use of yodeling within it. Another unique characteristic is that different professions, like fishermen or soldiers, have their own songs. There are many artists that still produce Italian Folk music, like Baraban, Tre Martelli, Casa del Vento etc. The genre is still tied to my ethnicity, as it is an important part of the country’s heritage.