Seminar in Ethnic Music: Latin America – ETHM 544

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 06/02/2022

Course Description

Concentrated study of a selected ethnic music culture. In scheduling each seminar, consideration will be given to student interest and the availability of appropriate guest musicians.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The Seminar(s) in Ethnic Music are intended to provide the student with a more culture specific study than other general ethnomusicology courses. Special attention is given to the contrast between the context, use, and function of music within that culture as a means of identifying cultural insight for the use of indigenous music in worship, discipleship, and evangelism.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Students are to participate in 4 Discussions.  Each discussion requires the student to post a thread in response to the given topic and a reply to at least two classmates’ threads. Both threads and replies should consist of well thought out, original postings (about 5 sentences long minimum). Topics will be chosen based on the Learn section for that Module: Week.  Discussions will be graded by quality, frequency, and timeliness. Original threads should be posted by Thursday, and replies are to be posted by Sunday. 

Reflection Paper Assignments (9)

Three Reflection Papers based on the study materials will be written in this course.  These papers should be submitted as a Word .doc file with your last name as the first element in the filename.

Final Paper/Project Assignment

The Final Project will be a 2,000-word document in any topic related to Latin American music.  Try to be specific and narrow down your chosen topic to a single music culture from any of the countries studied.  You are encouraged to choose a music culture that has not been studied throughout the seminar. If you chose a music culture that has been studied, try to use originality and investigate aspects other than the ones previously explored.  You will need to supplement your paper with articles or books, if you have access to a library.  If not, use LU library databases webpage to access JSTOR, Science Direct or Proquest.