A History of Dominican Music in the U.S. is the first open-source digital tool narrating the history of Dominican music as it developed during the past century in the United States. By presenting multi-media resources, grounded in historical contexts and speaking to larger issues of immigration, identity, and diversity, this online platform provides a new approach to understanding Dominican music.
A narrative documenting the trajectory of Dominican music in the U.S. from the 1910s to 2010.
A set of educational profiles designed to provide teachers and educators with pedagogical resources to create lesson plans.
Describes the theoretical and historical aspects of key Dominican musical types.
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Historical and contemporary locations relevant to the development of Dominican music in the U.S.
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A collection of ephemera and visual materials, such as photographs, flyers, album covers, newspaper clippings, etc., that highlights Dominican musical history and legacy in the U.S.
- “This website is a remarkable resource for students, scholars, and all those interested in Latin and especially Dominican music culture. Attractively designed, easy to negotiate, and rich in information, it …
- Peter Manuel
Professor, Music Department, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
- “The Dominican Music USA website represents a unique resource with immensely valuable materials available nowhere else. Few sources exist that foreground the history of Dominican music making in the United …
- Robin Moore
Editor of the Latin American Music Review and Professor of Music at the University of Texas, Austin.
Editor and co-author of College Music Curricula for a New Century (Oxford Press, 2017)
- “Hasta el día de hoy, solo existían registros de relatos parciales, anécdotas, testimonios personales, con limitada documentación, sobre la presencia y el aporte de los artistas dominicanos sobre la música …
- Dagoberto Tejeda
Professor of Cultural Studies at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Author of Identity and Magic: Folk Dances of the Dominican Republic / Identidad y magia: bailes folklóricos de la República Dominicana (VICINI, 2012), and Vida cotidiana del Santo Domingo colonial (Editora Nacional, 2011), among others.
- "The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute website, A History of Dominican Music in the U.S, is an overdue addition to the story of Latin music in the United States. It illuminates the …
- Elena Martinez
City Lore, Folklorist
Bronx Music Heritage Center, Co-Artistic Director
- “Dominicans are the fifth-largest Latino population in the United States, and the popular influence of Dominican music is now more palpable than ever. For students and afficionados of Latin music, …
- Daniel Piper
Curator for Latin America, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
- “Ever wanted to know about Dominican music but didn’t know where to start? Start here! In A History of Dominican Music in the United States, the Dominican Studies Institute and its stellar research …
- Daniel Sheehy, Ph.D.
Director & Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
- A History of Dominican Music in the United States fills a critical gap in the narrative of Latino music in the U.S. A collaborative effort that includes both established and-up-and-coming …
- Shannon Dudley
Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, Seattle