Hello! I wanted to briefly mention a favorite website I found a few weeks ago. It's called Every Noise at Once and I LOVE it! The site is a word map of hundreds of genres of music which include a sound clip of a song or piece typical to that genre. Click on a genre and you are linked to another map of artists and groups within that genre, plus a box of sub-genres. I've introduced my 5th and 6th graders to the site so that they can find more music to love.
As a super music geek/fan, I have loved exploring the worm-holes of this very extensive website. I found exploring the site similar to looking through a photo album of my life. The nostalgia of my childhood washes over me as I hear bits of Simon and Garfunkle, Gordon Lightfoot, and Peter, Paul, and Mary (my parents favorites.) The goth rock and new wave of my 1980s are represented well and I discovered several indie bands and artists I should be listening to.
Don't explore this site if you have to do anything in the nest few hours, (like go to sleep.)
There, now you've been warned! Find this amazing site at http://everynoise.com/engenremap.html.