Juan Tejeda

Xicanismo and Tejano Music: Local Music, Global Identity & Vision


Juan Tejeda

Instructor of Music & Mexican-American Studies at Palo Alto College

Juan Tejeda incorporates the rythmn of Tejano music into all aspects of his life. A writer, ex-jefe danzante Azteca, arts administrator, educator, editor and publisher, Juan has been directing and developing the first Conjunto music program at the college/university level in the nation since 2002.

Juan has taught Bicultural Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio and currently is a tenured full-time faculty member at Palo Alto College.

For 18 years, Juan was the Xicano Music Program Director for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, where he created the internationally renowned Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio.

Juan has written and lectured extensively on the history and socio-cultural significance and importance of Tejano and Conjunto music. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in Bicultural Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio .

Juan and his wife, Anisa Onofre, are co-publishers/editors of Aztlan Libre Press, an independent publishing house dedicated to Xican@ Literature and Art.

Find out more about Juan on Facebook or on the Aztlan Libre Press website

Contact Juan at JuanTejeda@sbcglobal.net

Fun Fact:

Juan changed his name to John while at the University of Texas in Austin during the 70s. Some of his family members still call him Johnny.