The effects of Music on Learning - See why you too should be singing and using music to improve/enhance your learning. No more excuses!!--- http://edweb.sdsu.edu/Courses/ED690DR/Examples/LitRev/Levy.htm

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Tipos de Musica Latina - Salsa - Started in the 60's in a neighborhood of New York. Salsa was influenced with Cuban music mixed with rhythms of Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. One of the most popular singer of salsa is Marc Anthony. ¡Avancemos! - Salsa
- Tango - Started in the 19th century in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tango has elements of different traditions of Argentina, but especially of the Afro-Argentina cultures of the country side and Europeans that immigrated to the city. Originally, tango was a style of instrumentals but eventually became a very popular dance.
¡Avancemos! - Tango

- Mariachi - Originated in Jalisco, Mexico in the 19th century, Mariachi use many European instruments. Typical mariachi songs are "las rancheras" and "los corridos". One of the most popular Mariachi songs are "La cucaracha".
¡Avancemos! - Mariachi

- Merengue - Merengue is the traditional music and dance from Dominican Republic. It was extremely influenced by European and African dances and rhythms. Merengue is known for being "happy" and alive. In June the Dominicans celebrate the Festival of Merengue to honor their traditional music.
¡Avancemos! - Merengue

-Flamenco - Flamenco is the music associated with Spain. The dance has many influences from gypsies of Andalusia (South of Spain) and Arab and Jewish cultures. The flamenco is a collaboration of singers, dances, and musicians which they complement and help each other. The dancers also keep with the rhythms by clapping, stumping, and using their famous castanets.
¡Avancemos! - Flamenco
Escucha a la música de flamenco

-Son cubano - As the name indicates, this type of music originated in Cuba and become very popular in the early twentieth century. This type of music is a complete mix of European, African, and Cuban sounds.
¡Avancemos! - Son cubano

- Música andina - This type of music is traditional from the Andes region in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile. It's a combination of the native and European culture. The roots of this music is ancient, which wind instruments and percussion. Instruments found in the Andes' thumbs indicate the importance of music to the pre-Hispanic culture.
¡Avancemos! - Música andina

- Bolero - The bolero is nothing but a sentimental and sophisticated ballad. The lyrics of this type of music are often written by well known poets. It has origins from a type of Spanish dance, but it was enhanced with African rhythms in Cuba. The type of dance of bolero is the slowest of any other Latin dances.
¡Avancemos! - Bolero

- Rock latino - Much influenced by Rock and Roll from England and the United States, latin rock adapted those styles to incorporate their own traditional sounds, such as salsa, tajeno, merengue, or vallenato (from Colombia) to make their own original music.
¡Avancemos! - Rock latino

- Cumbia - Cumbia is the folkloric and national dance of Colombia. It originated in the rural and northern parts of Colombia and it inncorporates three different cultures, the African percussion, the indigenous flutes, and the European melodies. Now a days cumbia is type of music very popular among all Latin-American countries.
¡Avancemos! - Cumbia

- Hip-hop latino - Latin hip-hop is much like hip-hop of the United States, portrait the same look and same sound. Latin-American singers however, combined Spanish with English to make their own lyrics, which was very well accepted. The best element that came from Latin hip hop is the mix of other types of music, such as: reggaeton (hip hop and reggae); merenrap (hip hop (rap) and merengue) and cumia rap (hip hop (rap) and cumbia.
¡Avancemos! - Hio hop latino

- Bachata - Bachata was started in Dominican Republic around the 1960's. It was based on Cuban's bolero but made to have a faster beat. To make the faster beat, they incorporated other types of music from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican, and Cuban. Bachata is known to have romantic lyrics, that can be happy or sad.
¡Avancemos! - Bachata

Más música: In this section, there will be the videos and/lyrics of songs will will learn and sing in class.

Resources: These are a couple of websites that will increase your knowledge and repertoire of Spanish music.


The Power of Music - Celebrate Languages
Radio bilingüe
Spanish songs and lyrics
Songs in Spanish