Mexica Music



Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts

First Advisor

Lanier Sammons


This paper explores the society of Mexica, or the Aztecs, and some of the instruments that were produced in the civilization and used in today’s compositions. The history and their creation mythology will also be deliberated for those individuals who do not know this information of the culture. In the history, the subjects of the Mexica constructing a giant city in a lake to the conquest that was lead by Hernan Cortez will be discussed. The creation story will also exhibit the ideology of the Mexica and how their culture is sustained before the conquest. In the music section, the percussion and wind instruments are listed and described what they are used for in a music piece or other cultural usage. Some of these instruments are also illustrated on how they were created and how musicians play them today. The following will also be describing the importance of these instruments when they are performed in a Mexica ceremonial music piece.