Rhythms and Sounds of Latin America (MUSC3640)


Latin American music has become a powerful force in today's music industry, but its rich diversity and cultural contexts are not always known or acknowledged. This unique unit of study surveys a number of Latin American popular, folk and indigenous musical traditions in terms of their cultural milieu and historical development. These include Afro-Cuban traditions, samba, salsa, tango and Andean music. Various musical, historical and cultural concerns are examined alongside a practical and creative involvement with the compositional characteristics and the repertoire pertinent to these traditions.

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Essay 2,500 words or creative project with reflective statement (50%), 2 listening assessments (20%), Exam (30%)

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Musical knowledge may be helpful but not necessary

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