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MUSC3640: Rhythms and Sounds of Latin America

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.

Code MUSC3640
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe a broad range of musical characteristics pertinent to various Latin American musical traditions, and demonstrate an appreciation for these practices
  • LO2. demonstrate awareness of the cultural, political, historical and demographic environment in which the various Latin American musical practices occurs
  • LO3. identify, perform and analyse several important rhythms with sensitivity to style and common practice
  • LO4. critically listen, respond to and discuss a range of significant musical and narrative elements from sound recordings, video, and scores relating to Latin American musical traditions.

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