2019-2020 Catalog

LLAS 102 Music of Latin America

This course will examine the diverse forms and social contexts of Latin American and Caribbean music, while exploring the ways that musical performance has been used to negotiate power relations in the social, political, and economic spheres since the Conquest. Focusing on musical genres and movements from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, and Trinidad students will learn to recognize the techniques and instruments used in a wide array of traditional and contemporary styles, particularly those which have grown out of the hybridization of African, Middle Eastern, European, Asian, and Native American performance strategies. While knowledge of music theory and performance skills are not necessary, it is essential that students be prepared for intensive music listening in and out of class.


4 units

Cross Listed Courses

MUSC 102

Core Requirements Met

  • Fine Arts
  • Regional Focus