Experiencing Latin American Music by Carol A. Hess
Experiencing Latin American Music draws on human experience as a point of departure for musical understanding. Students explore broad topics—identity, the body, religion, and more—and relate these to Latin American musics while refining their understanding of musical concepts and cultural-historical contexts. With its brisk and engaging writing, this volume covers nearly fifty genres and provides both students and instructors with online access to audio tracks and listening guides. A detailed instructor’s packet contains sample quizzes, clicker questions, and creative, classroom-tested assignments designed to encourage critical thinking and spark the imagination. Remarkably flexible, this innovative textbook empowers students from a variety of disciplines to study a subject that is increasingly relevant in today’s diverse society.
In addition to the instructor’s packet, online resources for students include:
- customized Spotify playlist
- downloadable online listening guides
- audio sound links to reinforce musical concepts
- stimulating activities for individual and group work
Supplementary materials can be found on the UC Press website.
Praise for Experiencing Latin American Music:
“Expertly balancing geographic and historical approaches with musical detail and well-chosen examples, Carol A. Hess offers a superb introduction to the region and its musical cultures. A welcome addition to the still-sparse body of pedagogical works on Latin America and its extraordinary musics.”—Jonathan Ritter, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Riverside
“By sidestepping individual national histories in favor of important shared themes that have shaped the Latin American experience, Hess offers a fascinating account that focuses on how music works and how people make it work in a variety of personal, cultural, and historical moments. A necessary textbook written by one of the most influential Latin American music scholars.”—Alejandro L. Madrid, Professor of Ethnomusicology, Cornell University
“An enormously significant, timely, rigorous, and engaging textbook that empowers students to simultaneously explore a great diversity and wealth of musical practices and genres, study musical concepts and aesthetics, and understand complex sociopolitical contexts.”—Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, Associate Professor of Music, University of California, Santa Barbara