Lauryn Salazar

Lecturer (Spring, 2013, Musical Cultures of the World)
Music of Mexico and Latin America; music of Alta-California; mariachi music with specific focus on festivals and education in the United States; music education.
Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, UCLA; M.A. Ethnomusicology, UCLA; B.A. Music, Carleton College

Through archival and field-based research, Lauryn Salazar's work focuses on mariachi music in Mexico and the United States and its institutionalization vis-à-vis American academic programs at the primary, secondary, and collegiate levels. Utilizing the frameworks of postcolonial and practice theories, her research explores the ramifications of mariachi’s formalization in terms of pedagogy, performance practice, and meaning. In addition to her research she is an active mariachi musician, playing the arpa jalisciense (mariachi harp) with UCLA's Mariachi de Uclatlán, and regularly serves as an adjudicator for mariachi competitions in Southern California.