Upcoming Events

Mexico Remixed: Flor de Toloache

Opening With Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste

Saturday, April 20 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 PM
Free, but ticketed

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Course Offerings Spring 2019

MUS-M 510: Latin American Colonial Music

TR 9:30-10:45 AM | M271
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 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.

MUS-X 414: Latin American Ensemble

Exploring Colonial Repertoire
TR 2:30-3:45 PM; F 3:35-6:00 PM | MA B012
Director:  Sarah Cranor, Historical Performance Institute | secranor@indiana.edu

This year the Latin American Ensemble will explore the intersection of European classical music with the colonization of the New World. Vocal and instrumental repertoire will be chosen from both European composers working in the New World, and native composers, from the 17th through 19th centuries.

No prior historical performance experience required, but rehearsals will be approached in a chamber music setting as a chance to explore stylistic and cultural context. Period instruments will be utilized, pitch standard A 415 and A 465 Hz. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:45, and Fridays 3:35-6:00 or as arranged in MA B012.

Spring semester concert: Friday, March 22nd, 8:00 pm Auer Hall, dress rehearsal Thursday March 21st, 10:00pm- 12:00 am, Auer Hall. Concert date and dress rehearsal availability are a requirement for this course. 

 

 


 

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

Fall 2018

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

TR 1-2:15 PM | MA007
Professor Javier León | jfleon@indiana.edu
(Course Info)

This course is an introduction to the musical practices of the large variety of different cultural, social and ethnic communities that are generally identified as Latino or Hispanic in the United States and to those musical traditions in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America that have come to inform them. In addition to exploring the musical genres, instruments and artists associated with these musics, we will also examine the different social, political, cultural and historical processes that have come to inform them. Throughout the semester we will also work on improving your listening, writing and analytic skills.

 

MUS-X 414: Latin American Ensemble

Exploring Colonial Repertoire
TR 2:30-3:45 PM; F 3:35-6:00 PM | MA B012
Director:  Sarah Cranor, Historical Performance Institute | secranor@indiana.edu

This year the Latin American Ensemble will explore the intersection of European classical music with the colonization of the New World. Vocal and instrumental repertoire will be chosen from both European composers working in the New World, and native composers, from the 17th through 19th centuries.

No prior historical performance experience required, but rehearsals will be approached in a chamber music setting as a chance to explore stylistic and cultural context. Period instruments will be utilized where appropriate. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:45, and Fridays 3:35-6:00 in MA B012.

Once personnel is defined, musicians will receive a comprehensive schedule- not all rehearsal times will be required for every member of the ensemble. The Fall semester concert will be November 30. Concert date availability is a requirement for this course. 

 

MUS-M 413 & MUS-M 513: History and Performance of Latin American Music

MWF 10-11:00 AM | MA006
Professor Wayne Wallace | waywalla@indiana.edu
(Course Info)

The purpose of the course is to trace the development of musical traditions in the Caribbean and Latin America and develop proficiency in the playing and understanding of these different styles/genres. We will also promote discussion of issues regarding the formation musical styles that sprang forth out of cultural, socio-political and at times, economic forces. Course materials are selected from the repertoire of art, folk and popular music traditions and analysis of 20th and 21st century developments such as mass media, the Internet, the recording industry, the convergence of African, Middle Eastern, Indigenous and European styles. The course will cover music from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad/Tobago, Jamaica, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Peru.

 

Spring 2018

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

(Please click here for more information about the ensemble)

 

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

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

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

(Please click here for more information about the ensemble)

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

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

2016

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


2015 

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."