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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Master of Music Program in Ethnomusicology

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the 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 four programs offered in the Graduate Studies division in the School of Music at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The other graduate concentrations include: M.M. in Music Education, M.M. in Performance, and M.M. in Conducting. Students in the Master of Music Program may pursue a graduate certificate in Mexican American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and/or a performance certificate in Mariachi Music. Students at the undergraduate level can take courses in World Music, Latin American and Caribbean Musics, Mexican Folk Music, and Popular Music Studies. Likewise, upper-division music students may take select graduate-level ethnomusicology courses with advisor approval.

Program Focus

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

Special Resources

“Border Music Collection,” curated by the Ethnomusicology and Anthropology Programs with graduate assistants in the Border Studies Archive; Rio Grande Valley and regional Mexico special collections in UTRGV library; UTRGV award-winning Mariachi Aztlán; Salsa/Latin Band, which performs salsa, cha-cha, mambo, merengue, bolero, and many other Latin styles; UTRGV percussion ensemble, and more.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Dr. Andrés Amado (Ph.D. Ethnomusicology/Musicology, University of Texas at Austin, 2013). Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa (Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, Brown University, 1997). Dr. Silvia Lazo (Ph.D. Musicology/Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Montana, 2013).

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 the award-winning Mariachi Aztlan and 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 Rio Grande Valley, 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 provide comprehensive 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 Mexican American Studies, Border studies, anthropology, folklore, and sociology.

Further Information

M.M. Program in Ethnomusicology contact: Dr. Andrés Amado, Assistant Professor, School of Music, College of Fine Arts. Performing Arts Complex B (Office 1.117), 1204 West University Drive, Edinburg, TX  78539. Phone: (956) 665-2944. Email: andres.amado@utrgv.edu

Graduate Studies in Music contact: Dr. Cynthia Cripps, Assoc. Professor. Phone: (956) 665-3474. Email: cynthia.cripps@utrgv.edu

Program Website

Graduate Studies: http://www.utrgv.edu/music/academic/graduate/index.htm

Related Websites

UTRGV, College of Fine Arts: http://www.utrgv.edu/cofa/

The Border Studies Folklore Archive (formerly Rio Grande Valley Folklore Archive): http://www.utrgv.edu/bsa/en-us/index.htm

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The content for University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was last updated June 2017.

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