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date: 03 April 2020

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Conjunto is a traditional folk music originating in the borderlands of South Texas with roots from Mexico. This music is a symbol of pride and is woven into the cultural fabric of Mexican American children and youth across the United States, with many of them singing along, dancing to, and performing this music. Despite the use of Spanish-language songs and attention to the mariachi genre in US music education programs, conjunto music is often ignored. In order to provide equal educational rights to all students regardless of native tongue, a socially just music education curriculum needs to include Mexican Americans’ language, culture, and musical practices so that they are held in the same regard as other musics. This chapter examines the role of conjunto as a vital part of Mexican American students’ musical and cultural identities and offers suggestions for its inclusion in the music curriculum.

Keywords: conjunto, Mexican American, musical identity, cultural identity, folk music, music curriculum

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