Folklore | MUSICS & CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA
F638 | 0327 | Garcia
Meets with F315. This course explores Latin American history, culture,
society, religion, and aesthetics through music. Students read current
scholarships devoted to the role of music in the expression of ethnicity,
class, gender, sexuality, and nationalism among Hispanic, African, and
Indian peoples in the Western hemisphere. Students learn various music
styles, artists, and genres performed by Latinos in the United States,
Mexico, the Caribbean, Brazil, Peru, the Andes, Bolivia, Argentina, and
Chile. Traditional, folk, popular, and art music are examined within their
socio-historical, culture, and ritual contexts.
Schecter, John M.,1999 Music in Latin American Culture: Regional
New York: Schirmer Books. Behague, Gerard H,1979 Music in Latin America:
New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Listening: Required compact disc Music in Latin America Culture: Regional
Traditions available at the bookstore and on reserve at the Seay Library of
Music and Art; supplemental recordings are also on reserve.
Assessment: Your grade for the course will be based on two exams and a term
paper each equally weighted (30 points). In addition, daily attendance,
discussions, and participation will be worth (10 points). You may miss one
class meeting and still receive an A; for each missed class thereafter, your
grade will be lowered by a half step (+ or -).
Class Meetings: Class meets daily, 9:30am until 12:00 noon, unless
Required Concert: Nohema Fernandez, November 16, 7:30, in Packard Hall.
Discussion Questions: For each class meeting, students will prepare a
one-page (typed and double spaced) essay question for class discussion (with
copies for each member of the class). Cite a passage form one or two of the
previous night's reading assignment. This passage represents the center
from which the issues that concern you emanate. In essay-style, very
briefly articulate your concerns, then pose one or two questions that these
concerns raise. The questions you raise are for class discussion and
debate, but they are not necessarily for the class to answer for you. Since
the questions are important to you, we expect that you will already have
come up with some answers for the musical study, we are also interested in
your processes for answering them. Make sure you consider your particular
issues in relationship to all of the reading. Evaluation is based on the
quality of the questions as well as your ability to keep the conversation
focused on the main issues that you raise for discussion.
Final Research Paper: Each student will undertake one individual final
research project and term paper due at the end of this course. This
provides an opportunity to explore specific topics in a way that better
suits the students own academic interests, musical experiences, and creative
potential. Two options are available including library research of a
specific topic related to some aspect of Latin American music. Another
possibility is completing field research on a local group including
interviews, musical analysis, and ethnography. Whichever option students
choose, an 8 to 10 page paper (along with cassette recording, if
appropriate) must be submitted for a final grade. The paper must be typed,
double spaced, paginated, stapled, proof-read, and free of errors.
Library research on a specific topic: Choose a topic in Latin American
music (e.g. an instrument, ceremonial music, a musical genre) and write an
informational paper in it. Your paper ought to survey some of the current
literature devoted to your topic or may discuss specific musical examples
available in the Seay Library. Your paper should include some description
of musical style, biographical information, and transcription if necessary.
Examples: Afro-Cuban Santeria, Dominican Merengue, Celia Cruz, Nueva
Cancion, or Brazilian Carnival music are possible topics.