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Mariachi Music in America is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.

This unique volume provides an accessible introduction to the social, cultural, and economic conditions surrounding mariachi music in the United States. Large immigrations of Mexicans to the U.S., the power of the international recording industry, and the fluid travel of mariachi musicians between the two countries have resulted in a strong base of musical continuity across the political border. Drawing on thirty-five years of personal performance experience and on interviews with leading mariachi musicians, author Daniel Sheehy offers first-hand perspectives on the music's stylistic cornerstones, aesthetic standards, social standing, and economic life. He explains how mariachi music is simultaneously a folk music rooted in more than 150 years of tradition, a commodity governed by market considerations, and a dynamic course of activity that has been shaped and expanded by musical innovation and social meaning. The book focuses on the rising popularity of mariachi music amongst Mexican Americans--over the last twenty-five years, numerous mariachi festivals have become annual events in the U.S., a multitude of workshops and school programs have been developed, and more women have become involved in public mariachi performances. Mariachi Music in America is a captivating study that will interest students, aspiring performers, teachers, and aficionados alike.

Enhanced by vivid photos and illustrations and first-hand accounts of musicians, organizers, and audiences, Mariachi Music in America is packaged with a 50-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book. It also features guided listening and hands-on activities that encourage readers to engage actively and critically with the music.

About the Author

Daniel Sheehy served as Director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1992-2000 and as staff ethnomusicologist and Assistant Director from 1978-1992. A Fulbright-Hays scholar in Veracruz, Mexico, he earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1979. He is coeditor of the second volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (1998). He has performed mariachi music since 1968.

Table of Contents



CD Track List

1. An Introduction to Mariachi Culture

Mariachi Music and Culture

Issues for Reflection

Personal Perspectives from the Author

The Purpose of This Book

2. The Modern Mariachi Sound

Modern Mariachi

Before "Mariachi," 1519-1852

The Mariachi Emerges

Mariachi: The Musical Group

The Modern Mariachi Takes Shape

Instruments of the Modern Mariachi

The Vihuela

The Guitarrón

The Harp

Musical Forms

Poetic Forms

The Copla

The Seguidilla

The Son

Other Genres

The Canción Ranchera

The Bolero Ranchero

The Huanpango

The Polka

3. The Social Life of Mariachi Music

The Social Dimension

Nati Cano's Dream

The Birth of La Fonda

Social Dimensions of Mariachi Meaning

José Hernández's Motivation

The Value of Tradition

Women in the Mariachi

Rebecca Gonzales: Opening the Way for Women in the Mariachi

Laura Sobrino: The Challenge of Change

4. Mariachi Economy: Al Talón, Chambas, Plantas, Shows, and la Mariachada

Mariachi as a Product and a Profession

The Expanding Mariachi Market

Performance Settings

Al Talón





La Mariachada

5. !Viva el Mariachi! Tacos with Ketchup or Salsa? The Challenge of Change

The Threads of Change

Social Threads

Mariachi in Schools

Mariachi Festivals

Social Movements

Chicano Movimiento

Women's Liberation Movement

Conclusion: The Challenge of Change, the Future





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Sheehy, Daniel
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Daniel
Social aspects
History and criticism
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Music | World Music, Ethnomusicology
Mariachi -- History and criticism.
Mariachi - Social aspects
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
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Global Music Series
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5.700 x 8.400 in 0.738 lb

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