The Latin American Music Center is pleased to announce its Fall 2014 course offerings. Contact your adviser to find out how a course from the Latin American Music Center fits into your academic program. For more details regarding these courses email us at lamc[@]indiana.edu or visit music.indiana.edu/lamc/education/
MUS-M 413 – Latin American and Latino Popular Music and Culture. Course is cross-listed with MUS-Z 413 and LATS-L 400
Meets: Monday and Wednesday 6:30 pm-7:45 pm, Room M 242
Instructor: José Francisco Cortés-Álvarez
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.
MUS-X 414 – Latin American Popular Music Ensemble (LAPME)
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm-3:45 pm, and Friday 3:30 pm-6:00 pm. Room MA B012
Instructor: Daniel Duarte
Dedicated to the performance of Latin American repertoire, the ensemble explores original Latin American genres and their corresponding performance practices through arranging and performing pieces from both the popular and classical repertoire. The LAPME often receives as guests faculty from Indiana University in addition to having its own arrangers and composers in residency. The LAPME has its own performing library with original music and arrangements especially crafted for the ensemble.
MUS-M 690 cross listed with MUS-M 510 – Latin American Art Music in the long 19th century
Meets: Monday and Wednesday 9:45 am-11:00 am
Instructor: Paul Borg
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.