Earn graduate credit through VanderCook College of Music by attending the 2015 Mariachi Workshop
Each of the three (3) mariachi courses will focus on the development of pedagogical strategies to assist educators in teaching mariachi at a variety of levels. Each course will concentrate on the development of playing skills on secondary and tertiary instruments. Maestro José Hernández will return this year and include sessions on the development of mariachi vocal skills at all levels. More specific information is below.
MARIACHI PEDAGOGY: BEGINNING SONG STYLES
Expand enrollment and provide additional opportunities for music-making in your music program by offering mariachi at your school. Participants will have the opportunity to learn to play the guitarrón, vihuela, and mariachi guitar in authentic style through study and playing of the ranchera valseada (3/4), ranch- era lenta (4/4), bolero (4/4), and polka (2/4) song styles. In addition, sample materials will be provided that may be used in presenting concepts to district administrators, principals, parents, and fellow educators. Resources include curriculum documents, beginning level musical arrangements for the various mariachi song forms, recordings, historical material, and information on procuring instruments, uniforms, and clinicians. Emphasis will be placed on ensemble playing and singing in order to apply the learned stylistic skills. Participants will leave with newly acquired skills and materials so that a mariachi program can be successfully introduced into their school’s comprehensive music program. Teachers will also extend their network to include professional mariachi resource con sultants who will be available to assist as the subsequent school year progresses.
MARIACHI PEDAGOGY: INTERMEDATE SONG STYLES
Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their playing skills on guitarrón, vihuela, and mariachi guitar in authentic style through study of intermediate-level playing techniques and song styles including, but not limited to, bolero moruno (4/4), a variety of sones, basic joropo (3/4), jarabe (6/8), and cumbia (4/4). Participants should have already completed Mariachi I or have previous experience teaching or playing mariachi. The musical and curricular material presented will be appropriate for using with students who are moving into their second year of mariachi study. Emphasis will be placed on ensemble playing and singing with opportunities for attendees to study each of the secondary instruments to assist with the development of individual playing skills.
MARIACHI PEDAGOGY: ADVANCED SONG STYLES
Participants will have the opportunity to advance their playing skills on guitarrón, vihuela, and mariachi guitar in authentic style through study and playing of the more complex playing techniques and song styles including, but not limited to, advanced joropo (3/4), son jarocho (3/4), and huapango (3/4, 6/8). Participants will be provided with an array of musical material representative of the more advanced song styles as well as advanced curricular materials that are appropriate for students/ensembles moving into their third year of study. Emphasis will be placed on ensemble singing and playing with opportuni- ties for attendees to study each of the secondary instruments to assist with the development of individual playing skills.
INTRODUCTORY HARP CLASS — FREE TO INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED ENROLLEES!
Introductory Group Harp Classes are available for those who enroll in the Intermediate or Advanced Song Styles courses. Participation for this free two-hour course is limited so sign up early!
WHAT TO BRING:
Those with band background are asked to bring a trumpet to the workshop; those with string background are asked to bring a violin. Guitar teachers may choose to bring their own instrument, however a number of guitars will be available. All mariachi instruments and some trumpets and violins will be available for sale on site.