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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2004

LAS 326 • 1-MUSIC OF MEXICO AND CARIBBN

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39030 to 39040 Multiple Sections
BEHAGUE

Course Description

A musicological survey of the various musical traditions of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, this course emphasizes the oral musics (i.e. folk, traditional, and popular musics) of the areas in about 2/3 of the semester, with the remaining 1/3 dedicated to the art-music institutions, activities and major composers. "Survey" is here understood in terms of exemplification and illustration of the major folk song and dance genres, and of the major compositional currents at various periods of art-music history. "Musicological" means an all-inclusive approach to the music-making phenomenon, i.e., relating the music products to their contextual dimensions and socio-cultural meanings whenever possible and appropriate. Musical genres, such as the Mexican and Mexican-American corrido, sones, canci?n, ranchera, the Guatemalan son chap?n, the Cuban son, danz?n, rumba, mambo, Puertorican plena, bomba, Jamaican ska and reggae, Trinidadian calypso, soca, ensembles such as mariachi, jarocho, norte?o, steel-drum, marimba, salsa and merengue bands, among others, are examined and characterized in terms of their historical and socio-musical functions and contexts. GRADING SYSTEM: There will be two tests during the semester (each worth about 25% of the average grade) and a final examination (worth 30%). Attendance and work in the Listening lab. will represent about 20% of your final grade. Graduate students will be asked to undertake an additional special project resulting in a short paper. The topic of such a project will be decided upon consultation with the instructor. Grading is done on a subjective basis, i.e., on the merits of an individual test, examination and paper, and not by comparison with other performances in the class. RESERVE MATERIALS: Books, periodical articles, tapes and records will be on reserve in the Fine Arts Library. Especially important is the regular listening to the various sound sources placed on reserve. Anthologies of recorded music will be made available in the form of CDs, at a nominal charge of $4 to $5 each.

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