LAMC Courses

Fall 2015 Courses

Latin American and Latino Popular Music and Culture

MUS- M 413/MUS-Z 413/LATS-L 400
Instructor: Marysol Quevedo, Doctoral Candidate
MW 6:45 - 8:00 PM 

A survey of the popular and traditional musics of Latin America and the Latino population in the United States, from the late-19th century into the present. Through the course students engage with the geographical, historical, political, economic and social contexts within which each genre is produced and consumed, as well as the relevant composers, performers and instruments of each region and genre. Students from all disciplines may take the course to fulfill their individual major's requirements. Activities outside class may be scheduled. This course is cross-listed with MUS-Z 413 and LATS-L 400. Students from all disciplines may take the course to fulfill their individual major's requirements. Activities outside class may be scheduled.

Seminar in Latin American Music: 20th- Century Masters: Chávez, Villa-Lobos and Ginastera

MUS-M 690/ MUS-M 510
Instructor: Dr. Paul W. Borg
MW 9:45 - 11:00 AM

The course deals with the music of three important 20th-century Latin American composers who earned international recognition. We will investigate the lives and compositions of Chávez, Villa-Lobos, and Ginastera, and the various career paths they took.  Students are expected to prepare for and participate in discussions aimed at elucidating the compositional styles and techniques used by the composers.  Students will be responsible for critical listening and reading in order to make informed judgments about received opinion concerning the composers’ reputations, the compositions’ quality, and public reception of their music.

Fall 2015: Latin American and Latino Popular Music Culture - A Historical Introduction to Brazilian Popular Music

MUS-M 513 
Instructor: Dr. Carlos Sandroni, Fulbright Visiting Scholar
TR 11:15 AM-12:30 PM

The goal of this course is to offer a panorama of popular music from Brazil.  Since the late 19th century, the Northeast has been considered to be a storehouse of the country’s most "authentic" folk traditions; during the 20th century, Rio de Janeiro occupied a leading position in the development of the nations’ mass media and recording industry.  Music from these two areas will be the main resource for investigating the intersection of the "traditional" and the "popular."

Besides the formal courses, a student can register for Independent Study for 3 credits under the supervision of the Center's faculty director. A visit to the Music Graduate Studies Office will be required to obtain the proper procedures and forms.
Some of these courses are suitable for the completion of the Outside Area (6 credits) or an Individualized Minor (12 credits) in Latin American Music for a masters degree,  or an Individualized Minor (12 credits)  in Latin American Music for a doctoral degree.


The LAMC has enjoyed for many years the support of Ms. Olimpia Barbera through the Olimpia Barbera Scholarship, offered exclusively to Latin American students. Please visit the Barbera Scholarship page for more information.