In addition to its performing ensembles, the LAMC offers the following academic courses (N.B. Not all courses are offered every semester - please check the Jacob's School of Music's most current bulletin for a listing of the courses currently offered.):

MUS- M 413/MUS-Z 413/LATS-L 400 - Latin American and Latino Popular Music and Culture

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 disiplines may take the course to fulfill their individual major's requierements. Activities outside class may be scheduled.

MUS-M 690/ MUS-M 510 - Seminar in Latin American Music

Consent of instructor requiered prior to enrollment. Advanced work in the study of Latin American music. Formal research paper required. May be repeated.Not offered every semester. Seminar topic varies from semester to semester. In the past, seminar topics have included "Twentieth Century Latin American Music and Composers," "A Historical Overview of Music in Latin America," & "Music in Colonial Latin America."

Fall 2014: Latin American Art Music in the long 19th century

The countries of Latin America share a musical heritage rooted in their common Colonial experience. From initial contact around 1500 until independence in the early 19th century, music and the other arts exhibit a complicated relationship between Spanish and Portuguese traditions as practiced by European settlers and their descendants and indigenous traditions that were both repressed yet partially preserved.

This seminar is a survey of the music that survives from Colonial Latin America, tracing its stylistic changes in light of contemporary European practice and local uses. Topics include surviving source materials, music’s function in the various strata of society, musical genres and their defining characteristics, musical instruments, and composers, performers, and audiences. Coursework consists of assigned reading and listening, class discussion, an individual research project culminating in a paper and class presentation, and possible performance opportunity.

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 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.