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


Songwriting Workshop

Upcoming Workshop Schedule

Corridos: Mexican Ballad Songwriting Workshop-Nov 30-Winfield, KS

Corridos: Mexican Ballad Songwriting Workshop-Nov 30-Winfield, KS

*This workshop will be taught in ENGLISH RSVP on Meetup: Learn to write an authentic Mexican “corrido” in this free, two‐hour workshop with Juan Díes, co-founder of the GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Nominated Sones de México Ensemble. By the end of this workshop the class will have written an original song in a corrido […]

Corridos: Taller de Baladas trágicas mexicanas-Dec 1-Winfield, KS

Corridos: Taller de Baladas trágicas mexicanas-Dec 1-Winfield, KS

*Este taller será impartido en ESPAÑOL Reserva tu lugar en Meetup: Aprende a escribir un “corrido” original en este taller gratuito de 2 horas con Juan Díes, co-fundador de Sones de México Ensemble, nominados a los premios GRAMMY™ y Latin GRAMMY. En este taller los estudiantes ayudarán a escribir un corrido original basado en […]


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Make a $250 donation to Sones de Mexico Ensemble and Juan Dies will write a corrido for you.
Call 773.728.1164 for details.