Corrido Songwriting Project

Mexican tragic ballads songwriting workshop

Corrido is a Mexican ballad tradition that dates back to the 19th Century and that continues to be one of the most popular forms of Mexican music today. Corridos are narrative poems that often celebrate the lives of regular people who show courage in the face of tragic situations, violence and death.

Since the early 1990s, co-founder-ethnomusicologist Juan Dies from the GRAMMY™ Nominated Sones de México Ensemble has been teaching people about the art and the tradition of writing corridos in a series of workshops, courses and residencies that he teaches in Spanish or in English. Over the years, scores of young and old attendees from all walks of life have written hundreds of songs memorializing their local stories for posterity in a corrido form.

Read about our present and past activities and download resources in this home page for Sones de Mexico

Ensemble’s Corrido Songwriting Project. Contact us if you have any inquiries.

This program is sponsored in part by a grant form the National Endowment for the Arts

Corridos in Schools

Visit our Corrido outreach and residency program for schools.

Upcoming Songwriting Workshop


Sunday, June 17, 10am-12pm (in Spanish)
Kiwanis Recreational Park, 301 Latimore St, Painesville, OH

Wednesday, June 20, 6pm-8pm (in English)
Kovler Center, 1331 W Albion Ave, Chicago, IL

Sunday, June 24, 12pm-2pm (in Spanish)
LULAC Club#10, 4224 Ricker Hill Rd, Davenport, IA

Tuesday, June 26, 5:30pm-7:30pm (in English)
Owen County Public Library, 1370 Hwy 22 East, Owenton, KY

Wednesday, June 27, 7pm-9pm (in Spanish)
Cultural Arts Center, 139 W Main St, Columbus, OH

Thursday, June 28, 3pm-5pm (in English)
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, June 30, 2:30pm-4:30pm (in Spanish)
Replay Music Studios
421 Hudson Street, Suite C-1, Studio A, New York, NY
(212) 235-7510

Sunday July 1, 3pm-5pm (in English)
Hartford, CT – Sunday, July 1, 2:30pm-5:30pm
@The Lyceum Center – Conference Room A, 227 Lawrence St, Hartford, CT

Monday, July 2, 6:30pm-9pm (in English)
Frontera Grill, 1411 Boston Rd, Springfield, MA

Thursday, July 5, 6pm-8pm (in Spanish)
The Language Exchange, 75 Market St, Portland, ME

Corrido Gallery


  • Dainsville Ohio 6-17-18
  • Chicago, Illinois 6/20/18

Media: Corridos in the Media

Links: Video-Audio-Text-URL-TV-Radio-Newsprints-Pdf’s

Corrido Resources

Resources to come.