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Romero, Brenda M Professor

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  • Dr. Brenda M. Romero has researched music-cultural interaction with a focus on Hispano-Indigenous overlap and primarily on the Indita song genre and the Matachines music, dance, rhetoric, and drama enactments (religious and secular versions) throughout the Americas. Her dissertation focused on Matachines in New Mexico. She has conducted research on Matachines traditions in Mexico as Fulbright researcher in 2000-2001, and in Colombia and Peru as a Fulbright Colombia scholar during in Spring 2011. Recently she has helped to establish a transborder research network with Mexican ethnochoreologists at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexican government-funded fieldwork. Her research seeks to identify ways in which Matachines enactments reveal creativity and other cultural processes in response to colonization, as evidenced by historical documents and contemporary performative elements. She also conducts research on ways of teaching non-Western musical concepts.

keywords

  • ethnomusicology and world musics, latin american music, southwest united states, mexico, colombia, music and healing, music and spirituality, indigenous music of the americas, world music theories and pedagogies, matachines music and dance drama in new mexico, mexico, colombia, and perú, early new mexican folk musics, new mexican popular music, indita song genres in the americas, composition and cultural processes of composition, analytical approaches to world music, Somatics and Dance Studies

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Teaching

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  • EMUS 1467 - World Music Ensemble
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Study and performance of musics of diverse cultures in the United States, including Native American, Latin American, African American and Asian American, as well as music from the mother cultures of these groups. Same as EMUS 3467 and EMUS 5467.
  • EMUS 3467 - World Music Ensemble
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Study and performance of musics of diverse cultures in the United States, including Native American, Latin American, African American and Asian American, as well as music from the mother cultures of these groups. Same as EMUS 1467 and EMUS 5467.
  • EMUS 5467 - World Music Ensemble
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Study and performance of musics of diverse cultures in the United States, including Native American, Latin American, African American and Asian American, as well as music from the mother cultures of these groups. Same as EMUS 1467 and EMUS 3467.
  • MUEL 2772 - World Musics: Asia and Oceania
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Highlight music in Asia and Oceania using current ethnomusicological materials.
  • MUSC 2772 - World Musics: Asia and Oceania
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Highlights music in Asia and Oceania using current ethnomusicological materials.
  • MUSC 4168 - World Music Theories
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines music rules, concepts or music theories and sociocultural elements that musicians use in creating musical sound, with emphasis on music practices from a variety of world traditions; observing shared and diverging principles, making cross-cultural comparisons and developing a new pedagogy that supports the substantive study of global musics. Recommended prerequisite: MUSC 1802 or MUSC 2772 or MUSC 2782 or MUSC 4112. Same as MUSC 5168.
  • MUSC 4892 - Latin American Music
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores music of cultures of the Americas south of the United States and in the diaspora, emphasizing the relationships of music and culture in folk, popular and arts styles. Same as MUSC 5892.
  • MUSC 5168 - World Music Theories
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines music rules, concepts or music theories and sociocultural elements that musicians use in creating musical sound, with emphasis on music practices from a variety of world traditions; observing shared and diverging principles, making cross-cultural comparisons and developing a new pedagogy that supports the substantive study of global musics. Same as MUSC 4168.
  • MUSC 5892 - Latin American Music
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores music of cultures of the Americas south of the United States and in the diaspora, emphasizing the relationships of music and culture in folk, popular and arts styles. Same as MUSC 4892.

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