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The status of Mexican choral literature in senior high choral music education programs of the Los Angeles Unified School District

The purpose of the study was to investigate the status of Mexican choral literature in senior high choral music education programs of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Although forty-three choral music educators were invited to participate in the project, only seven volunteered. Despite such an insubstantial response, the research, nevertheless, was significant. The study found that the exiguous use of Spanish-language materials was still greater than the specific use of Mexican choral literature. Among all music educators surveyed, only four Mexican choral pieces had been used within the past four years. The fact that a considerable majority of students in the school district are of Mexican extraction made these findings even more significant. The research revealed that music educators expressed concern for a lack of materials and a lack of knowledge about the Mexican choral tradition. The study, however, showed that the Mexican choral tradition is clearly Western-European in origin and that at least ninety-nine choral pieces could be easily obtained from various choral music publishers and distributors in the United States. After weighing the results of the study and considering the lack of participation on the part of music educators, it was determined that the status of Mexican choral literature could not be substantial and that a critical examination of the music education philosophy would benefit music educators and students alike.

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