Graduate Students

Rita Alfaro(BA-Music Education with concentration in flute,University of North Texas, 2009)

Program Committee, Society for Ethnomusicology-Southern Plains (SEM-SP) Chapter
Research areas: World music education in secondary schools, Japanese music and sub-cultures, American/Mexican/Japanese garage punk, revival of vinal recording and collecting Approaches and interests: Globalization, gender studies in music, ethnicity and identity in music, sub cultures, music and technology.

Cora Durain (BME-Music Education (all levels); Spanish Minor,Howard Payne University, 2009)

Secretary, Society for Ethnomusicology-Southern Plains (SEM-SP) Chapter
Research areas: Zumba culture, Influence of Hip Hop in the Rio Grande ValleyBorder region,cross-cultural impact ofTexas-Mexican conjunto and orquesta Approaches and interests:Hybridity, globalization, performance theory, identity issues, global methods of music pedagogy.

Michael David Mena(BA-Music Education (K-12), University of Texas-Pan American, 2007)

Vocalist(Severence), guitarist and guitar instructor
Research areas: Mexican identityand music, performativity, cross-cultural relationsof musicin politics, the notion of "audioscapes" Approaches and interests:Marxism, Socialism, ethnographic fieldwork, archiving,identity relations, hybridity