The Course of Mexican Music provides students with a cohesive introductory understanding of the scope and influence of Mexican music. The textbook highlights individual musical examples as a means of exploring the processes of selection that led to specific musical styles in different times and places, with a supporting companion website with audio and video tracks helping to reinforce readers' understanding of key concepts. The aim is for students to learn an exemplary body of music as a window for understanding Mexican music, history and culture in a manner that reveals its importance well beyond the borders of that nation.
1. Why Study Mexican Music? 2. Defining and Listening to Mexican Music 3. Pre-Cortesian and Indigenous Music, Past and Present 4. Majesty, Machismo, Mestizaje and Other Legacies of the Vice Kingdom of New Spain 5. Colonial Legacies and Regional Responses: Sones Regionales 6. Sound Foundations for Independence 7. Immigration and Cosmopolitan Identity During the Porfiriato 8. Gifts of the Revolution 9. Cinema, Radio and the Celebrity Cantante 10. New Song and Rock Mexicano 11. Competing Popular Styles 12. Classical Contemporary Music: New Frames for New Audiences 13. A Despedida and Closing Reflections