UTPA Professor Writes on Nortena Music

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 2:18pm

One UTPA professor is considered a wealth of knowledge in her field of writing about the Mexican migrant workers in the United States, Sandra Quintanilla has this week's UTPA report.

Dr. Cathy Ragland is considered an expert in her academic field. The Assiatant professor at UTPA teaches the study of music in a sociocultrual context. She also shares her knowledge in her capacity as Director of the Master's program in Ethnomusicology. She's so passionate about her discipline that she wrote a book titled "Musica Nortena: Mexican Migrants Creating a Nation Between Nations." It took her ten years of research and data collecting to chronicle the history of how Nortena music evolved south of the border and influlenced Tejano and Texas Mexican conjunto music in the Valley which eventually became popular in the south Texas region.

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