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SPAIN Study Abroad – Music & Honors in Leon, Spain

Music & Honors Leon: The Music of Spain and its Diaspora

The musical traditions of Spain are one of the principal roots of
music in the Americas, where they merged with African and indigenous traditions to produce new forms, including son, merengue, salsa, tango, cumbia, tango, corrido, marinera and countless other genres. This program offers students the opportunity to learn about the musics of the Americas and Spain as they have developed in relationship to one another, focusing both on shared histories that connect them, and also on the local histories and innovations that distinguish them. The program will include field trips to important cultural sites and music events, and guest lectures by
Spanish ethnomusicologists. Students will study Spanish language at a beginning, intermediate or advanced level, depending on experience.

León is a cosmopolitan city of about 137,000, located in the Northwestern part of Spain. It is known for its 13th century Gothic Cathedral and monumental buildings, as well as for its fiestas. Every year people from all over the world visit León to see and participate in its many processions and colorful traditions. Students will
live and speak Spanish with with local families, housed in walking
distance the Palacio Conde Luna, the UW’s Study Center.

There are no prerequisites other than an interest in music and Spanish language. Priority deadline for applications is November 15, 2023, but later applications may be accepted if there is space.

For more information contact the program directors and visit the program website:

In-person information sessions:


Tuesday 11/7, 4:30pm

Music building rm.27


Thursday 11/9, 12:30pm

Music building rm.27