Music Teachers Can Expand the Borders of their Classrooms with New Guide to Teaching Mariachi
Foundations of Mariachi Education: Materials, Methods, and Resources
Now Available from MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education
RESTON, VA (April 17, 2008) – Foundations of Mariachi Education: Materials, Methods, and Resources is a handbook on teaching mariachi in secondary school to music students of all levels. Beginning with how to start a mariachi program, the book addresses specific topics in mariachi education, including choosing appropriate repertoire, preparing for performances, and teaching each mariachi instrument—including voice. Dozens of music exercises throughout the book are provided to help students build their technical skills using mariachi repertoire.
Grammy and Emmy Award winner Linda Ronstadt praised the book, saying it offers “Tons of important information that should be quite helpful to any music teacher who wants to engage more students and broaden their musical horizons.”
“Foundations of Mariachi Education will make the mariachi tradition accessible to many more teachers and students across the nation. From how to master mariachi instrumentation to how to choose a traje, this book covers it all!” said Natividad “Nati” Cano, mariachi legend and director of Mariachi Los Camperos.
The authors of the book are members of the MENC National Mariachi Advisory Committee and are renowned mariachi performers, veteran mariachi educators, school administrators, and respected adjudicators. Editor William Gradante has taught mariachi in Texas for twenty-eight years.
Foundations of Mariachi Education is available from Rowman & Littlefield Education in paperback for $29.95 and clothbound for $70.00. MENC members receive a discount of 25%. To order or for more information, call 800-462-6420 or visit www.rowmaneducation.com.
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.