Upcoming Events

Salón latino Chamber Music Series: Latin American Music for Strings

Thursday, January 25

8 PM
Auer Hall

(Free Event)

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Current Course Offerings (Fall 2017)

MUS-M 510/690: Music and Nationalism in Latin America

MW 9:45 AM - 11 AM | M271
Professor Paul Borg | pborg@indiana.edu

MUS-M 413: History and Performance of Latin American Music

MWF 10:10 AM - 11 AM | MA006
Professor Wayne Wallace | waywalla@indiana.edu

MUS-X 414: Latin American Ensemble

TR 2:30-4:15 PM; F 3:30-6 PM | MA B012
Joe Galvin, Director | jgalvin@indiana.edu

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MUS-Z 213: Latin American and Latino Popular Culture and Music

MW 1-2:15 PM | MA007
Professor Javier León | jfleon@indiana.edu

Please note: 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.

Past Course Offerings


MUS-M 690 / MUS-M 510: Topics in Music Literature: Music of Colonial Latin America

MW 9:45 - 11:00 AM
Professor Paul Borg | pborg@indiana.edu

The countries of Latin America share a musical heritage rooted in their common Colonial experience. From initial contact around 1500 until independence in theearly 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


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

MW 6:45 - 8:00 PM 

Instructor: Marysol Quevedo, Doctoral Candidate

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.

MUS-M 690/ MUS-M 510: Seminar in Latin American Music: 20th- Century Masters: Chávez, Villa-Lobos and Ginastera

MW 9:45 - 11:00 AM

Instructor: Dr. Paul W. Borg

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.

MUS-M 513: Latin American and Latino Popular Music Culture - A Historical Introduction to Brazilian Popular Music

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."