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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Afro-Latin Compositions Arranged for Primary and Middle School Instrumental Music Programs
by Lobliner-Cortez, Daniel, M.M., California State University, Los Angeles, 2019, 68; 27667743
Abstract (Summary)

Encouraging a curriculum where primary and middle school instrumental music programs include Afro-Latin repertoire is essential to the growth of a diverse musician in a diverse society. Afro-Latin music draws from three major musical cultures: 1) European; 2) African; and 3) Indigenous people from the Americas. Thus, it serves to validate the language and music of these three major societies; each with its own unique and vast musical tradition.

I chose three works and arranged them to a performance level that is appropriate for beginning instrumentalists who will be able to perform the pieces after six months to a year of study. The first, Babalú, offers lyrical content that refers to the Santeria traditions in Cuba as well as rhythmic elements that can tie into more advanced studies in Guaguanco and/or Son Montuno. It starts with a series of long notes then the verse enters in the style of Afro. The second song, Me Voy P’al Pueblo, offers a traditional approach to the Canción Cubana form. The final piece, Rico Vacilón, is a chachachá, a style that is enjoyable to perform, and introduces students to important musical ideas on instruments like the güiro in the percussion section.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: De Castro, Paul
Commitee: Snow, Adam M.
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/7(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music education, Musical composition, Elementary education, Middle School education
Keywords: Afro-Cuban music, Afro-Latin music, Babalu, Me Voy P'al Pueblo, Primary music, Vacilon, Rico
Publication Number: 27667743
ISBN: 9781392490129
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