Volksmusik is a term that refers to the traditional music of the German-speaking regions of Europe, especially Austria, Switzerland, and southern Germany. Volksmusik is characterized by simple melodies, often sung in dialect, and accompanied by instruments such as accordion, zither, guitar, and various types of horns. Volksmusik is not to be confused with Schlager, which is a popular genre of German-language pop music that often incorporates elements of folk music. Volksmusik is more rooted in the rural and alpine culture of the regions where it originated, and reflects the values and traditions of the people who practice it. Volksmusik is often performed at festivals, celebrations, and social gatherings, where it creates a sense of community and identity among the participants.