Minor in Performance Studies in Latin Music
The performance studies in Latin music minor will enhance a student's knowledge of the rhythms and techniques of Latin music, while also exploring the sociological, political, and anthropological contexts in which Latin music's various contingencies developed.
Designed for all instruments and ensemble ratings, the minor includes both foundational rhythm courses as well as more specific advanced ensembles for different subsets of Latin music, including Brazilian, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and others. Global Sight Reading and Advanced Rhythmic Solfege, Bata Rhythms and Afro-Cuban Ceremonial Drumming, and Survey of Latin American Hand Percussion are just some of the labs and ensembles that are a part of this minor.
Students will also choose from a variety of history and analysis and liberal arts classes to enhance their knowledge of Latin music's diverse range, such as Contemporary South American Music and Cuban Culture, Music, and Society, as well as Latin music-specific harmony and writing courses to deepen their aural and structural understanding of the genre. Upon completion of this minor, students will have a well-developed understanding of both the performance aspects of Latin music and the history and cultures from which it was born and continues to thrive. Learn more about Latin music at Berklee.
Upon completion of a minor in performance studies in Latin music, students will:
- Play Latin rhythmic patterns (e.g. clave) on a variety of percussion instruments;
- Demonstrate the ability to play in Latin ensembles of varying size, instrumentation, and stylistic emphasis;
- Understand differences and similarities among Latin musical styles of the Caribbean, Central America, and South America;
- Understand the role of each individual instrument in the context of Latin music;
- Compose music in a variety of Latin styles;
- Improvise in a variety of Latin styles; and
- Synthesize knowledge of Latin music history and repertory into one's own personal performance.