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University of Texas, Pan American
Master of Music Program in Ethnomusicology

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

The University of Texas, Pan American is the second-largest Hispanic-serving institute in the United States with a uniquely bilingual, bicultural student population. The Master of Music Program in Ethnomusicology is one of three programs offered in the Graduate Studies division in the Department of Music and Dance at UT, Pan American. The other graduate concentrations in the department include the M.M. in Music Education and M.M. in Performance. Students at the undergraduate level can take courses in World Music, Mexican Folk Music, and Popular Music studies. Likewise, upper-division music students may take select graduate-level ethnomusicology courses with approval from their advisor.

Program Focus

Mexican America, Greater Mexico, Border Music, Latin America and the Caribbean; traditional, popular and art music, globalization, music and migration, politics of music, nationalism and music, musical ethnography, archiving and documentation, applied ethnomusicology and folklore.

Special Resources

"Border Music Collection,” curated by Ethnomusicology program director with graduate assistants in the Border Studies Folklore Archive; Rio Grande Valley and regional Mexico special collections in UT Pan American library; three mariachi ensembles: the award-winning UT Pan American Mariachi Juvenil, the all–female UTPA Mariachi Femenil, and Mariachi Aztlán; One O’Clock Latin Band, which performs salsa, cha-cha, mambo, merengue, bolero, and many other Latin styles; African drum ensemble; UT Pan American Jazz ensemble.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Dr. Cathy Ragland. (Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, Graduate Center, City University of New York). Director, M.M. Program in Ethnomusicology and Assistant Professor. Border Music Collection Director in Border Studies Archive. Affiliated with Programs in Mexican American Studies, Women Studies, and Anthropology. Area interests: Musics of Latin America and the Caribbean with emphasis on Mexico, US-Mexico Border region, Hispanic North America, the American Southwest. Secondary area interests: Music of Spain, North Africa, and the Balkans. Theoretical interests: globalization/transnationalism, musical borders, immigration/migration, music, technology and deejay culture, gender issues, music and violence, public sector folklore, research and presenting, performance theory, music and language.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Margaret Dorsey. (Ph.D., Anthropology and Communication & Culture, Indiana University). Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Border Studies Archive Curator. Affiliated with Program in Mexican American Studies. Research interests: immigration, language and culture, Border studies, transnationalism, feminism, expressive culture, ethnomusicology, ethnicity, the Americas, Mexicanas/os.

Francisco Loera. (M.A., Spanish and Music, University of Texas-Pan American). Director of award-winning Mariachi Aztlan and other UT Pan American mariachi ensembles. Lecturer in Spanish and Mexican folk music.

General Program Statement

The South Texas Rio Grande Valley region, which also borders Northern Mexico, has a long and rich history in the research, study, and practice of music and folklore. The University of Texas, Pan American, the largest university in the region, provides a unique setting for the study of ethnomusicology in the Border region as well as Mexican, Mexican American, and Latino culture and society. This interdisciplinary graduate program allows students the opportunity to follow individualized avenues of scholarly interests and study. Coursework and research projects providing comprehensive and thorough training in ethnomusicological history, theory, and research methods; Mexican, Mexican American (Chicano/a and Tejano/a), and Latino history, culture, and society; documentation and archiving; ethnographic writing and analytical skills. The degree program also allows students to include coursework in other areas such as anthropology, folklore, sociology, Mexican, Mexican American, and Border studies.

Further Information

M.M. Program in Ethnomusicology contact: Cathy Ragland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Ethnomusicology Program Director, Department of Music and Dance, University of Texas, Pan American, 1201 West University Drive, Edinburg, Texas 78539. Phone: (956) 665-2944. Email: raglandca@utpa.edu

Graduate Studies in Music Advisor: For information regarding the graduate program in music and requirements, contact the Music Graduate Advisor, Dr. Cynthia Cripps. Phone: (956) 665-3474. Email: ccripps@utpa.edu

Undergraduate Studies in Music Advisor: For information regarding the undergraduate program in music and requirements, contact Music Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Virginia Davis. Phone: (956) 587-9181. Email: davisvg@utpa.edu

Program Website

Ethnomusicology Program: http://www.utpa.edu/ethnomusicology

Related Websites

UT Pan American Department of Music and Dance: http://www.utpa.edu/dept/music

The Border Studies Folklore Archive (formerly Rio Grande Valley Folklore Archive): http://www.utpa.edu/dept/folklore/Default.htm

The content for University of Texas, Pan American was last updated February 16, 2011.

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