Using Latin American and Iberian Film Music: Classroom Methodologies

Jacqueline Avila


This essay provides methodologies and examples for incorporating Latin American and Iberian film music into a wide range of musicology classes that include the History of Western Music, American Popular Music, and Film Music. The introduction of new media in the classroom, in particular film, offers an opportunity to simultaneously expand musical, historical, and cultural content. Because students generally have a significant level of exposure to cinema, students are provided with an accessible way of understanding culture and musical practice. The incorporation of film music examples from Latin American and Iberian film industries offers students another method in understanding these musics and also exposing them other cinematic traditions. This allows for a larger dialogue on how film and its music fit into fluctuating social and cultural contexts.

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ISSN 2155-109X