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 acknowledged nor understood. This unit of study surveys a number of Latin American popular, folk and indigenous musical traditions in terms of their cultural milieu and historical development. Various musical, historical and cultural concerns are examined with a practical and creative involvement with a broad selection of genres. Particular attention will be given to Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Peruvian and Argentinean music and special emphasis will be placed on the compositional characteristics and the repertoire pertinent to these traditions.

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2 hr lecture, 1 hr tut/week


Essay 2,500 word or creative project with reflective statement (50%), Two Listening Assessments (30%), Knowledge Exam (20%)

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18 junior credit points

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