Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)

First Advisor

Dr. Virginia Davis

Second Advisor

Dr. Cynthia Cripps

Third Advisor

Dr. Lorne O'Neil


The La Joya Independent School District has made a serious effort to cultivate and promote mariachi, conjunto, and folklórico programs at the middle school and high school level. Students give numerous performances throughout the year and these programs have exposed thousands of people to the music and traditions of Mexico and the border region. What draws so many students to these particular programs in La Joya ISD? What sense of "Mexican identity" do these programs create for its participants? Through observing various performances, interviewing educators, students, and community members, I explore why these programs are considered essential by the school district and what meaning they have to the students participating and the community at large. Examining this data will give a better understanding as to why students choose to participate in these groups and what effect this experience has on how they value their Mexican heritage and traditions.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American