Date of Award
Master of Music (MM)
Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa
Dr. Michael Quantz
Dr. Andres Amado
The guitar in border towns has links to many musical cultures that vary in their ways of being due to the customs of the specific space. Individual guitarists learn how to navigate the different environments because they understand the etiquettes needed to belong and participate in the musical circles.
In this autoethnographic work, I explore the various musical spaces that I have participated in through my musical journey growing up in Brownsville, Texas, to understand further how the individual musician embodies the style of music s/he performs. As a primary data source for my work, I use the experiences that I have had in the high school band, garage metal band, academic settings, and carnezasos. By framing the overall analysis through the lens of code-switching, the study documents and highlights the differences between musicking in formal and informal settings. My scholarship contributes to the considerable music ethnographic discourse surrounding the importance of individuals' perceived identity and how local music cultures reshape the use and meaning of instruments to fit new contexts.
Aguilar, Hector Manuel, "El Guitarrista y Sus Cambios de Codigos: Cruzando Fronteras Musicales [The Guitarist and Code-Switching: Crossing Musical Borders]" (2021). Theses and Dissertations - UTRGV. 802.