From rare manuscripts and published scores, books, anthologies of colonial music to records, photographs, periodicals, microfilms among other documents, the LAMC has one of the most complete collections of Latin American music in the world.
In addition to that, the LAMC has received donations from important private collections, such as Guillermo Espinosa's lifetime collection (bequeathed to our archives in 1994).
Education: Classes, Performances and Special Projects
Contacts among musicians, students, academics and the public provide a stimulus for research and appreciation for Latin American music.
The Center has two permanent classes in Latin American Music: M690-Graduate Seminar in Latin American Music and M413/M513-Latin American Popular Music in addition to the its ensembles: The Latin American Popular Music Ensemble(LAPME) and the Guitar Ensemble - both open to students as an ensemble/class taught every semester.
A Collaboration with the Office of Education of the Embassy of Spain started the Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America in 1996. Currently, the format of the competiton has changed and given place to the Recording Competition, started in 2011.
Information for Students and Scholarships
An individualized minor in Latin American Music is avaiable to music school students as part of their doctoral programs, with the approval of the Director of the LAMC and the Director of Music Graduate Studies.
Students wishing to pursue a degree in Musicology with an emphasis on Latin American Music should apply to the Musicology Program through the School of Music. Those who choose to focus on a Latin American Music topic for their dissertation will count with the administrative and infrastructural support of the Latin American Music Center.
Ms. Olimpia Barbera, music teacher and patron of the arts, graciously supports a scholarship fund for outstanding music students from Latin American countries who wish to study at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
In addition to the Latin America Popular Music Ensembles, the LAMC collaborates with other ensembles inside and outside the Jacobs School of Music to promote Latin American music.
The LAMC has also collaborated with other national and international universities, festivals and institutions to promote music to different audiences and communities.
Recent projects include collaborations with the University of São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil), the Latin American Music Festival of Caracas (Caracas, Venezuela) in addition to projects in Chicago and New York.