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Latin Music Studies

Welcome to Texas State University's Latin Music Studies

The Latin Music Studies area at Texas State University provides innovative programs and award-winning ensembles for both graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate students can pursue the master of music in mariachi music education, or the master of music in Latin music performance.

Undergraduate students interested in music education can pursue the bachelor of music in music studies, in conjunction with a minor in mariachi. Vocal music education majors pursuing the mariachi minor can audition for a vocal studio specializing in mariachi.

In addition, a wide variety of performing opportunities are available through the Latin music ensembles. Mariachi Nueva Generación is a frequent winner of the prestigious Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza competition in San Antonio. Salsa del Rio is a three-time winner of Premios a la Música Latina and the 2007 winner of the 30th Annual Downbeat Student Music Awards.

Our newest ensemble — Afro-Caribbean Lab — is now offering Latin music  majors the opportunity to pursue arranging and improvisational techniques at the advanced level.

Undergraduate and graduate Latin music majors and mariachi minors attend weekly lessons and seminars designed to refine performance techniques, stage presence and knowledge of repertoire.

Distinguished guest artists from the Latin music community are invited to present master classes and workshops throughout the year. And numerous opportunities for public performances are built into the requirements of the program, showcasing our ensembles at professional venues in San Marcos, Austin and San Antonio.

This website provides a wealth of information for both prospective and current students, and for all interested in learning more about our innovative programs.