This course, designed for the general student, explores some of the enormous body of music that comes under the designation of Latin American Music. Many of us have some ideas about it (salsa rhythms, tango, mariachi), but there is a wealth of genres and styles, aesthetic ideas and spiritual connections, that make up this vast repertoire. We will use readings, listening assignments and films to gain an understanding of these musics. No prerequisites: the ability to read music is not necessary. This course satisfies the Core Exploration Cultural Literacy requirement.