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Fall 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Mariachi 101: Building a Successful Program


October 16-December 8, 2023

Course Code



2 Graduate Credits


$750 is due in full with registration.


Are you looking to expand the offerings of your music program and engage more students? Have you been wanting to establish a mariachi program but do not know where to start? Through this course, participants will be provided with resources, insight, and advice on building a school mariachi program from scratch, one that is inclusive of students from all backgrounds. Join us for an eight-week course that will inspire your journey as a mariachi director, empower you as a music educator, and assist you in building a successful program from the ground up!


Week 1: Introductions, Overview of Mariachi

Week 2: How Do I Build a Successful Mariachi Program?

Week 3: Guitar/Vihuela Technique and Chord Progressions

Week 4: Guitar/Vihuela Chord Progressions with Mánicos (Strum Patterns and Styles)

Week 5: Beginning Violin Technique

Week 6: Beginning Trumpet Technique

Week 7: Extended Practice for Violin/Trumpet, Introduction to Guitarrón (You are NOT required to have a guitarrón)

Week 8: Design Lesson Plan and Record Teaching Demonstration Video



Chat Session

Tentatively Scheduled Chat Times: Wednesdays from 7pm-8pm Central Time. During the first meeting, participants will decide as a class if this day/time works for all.


Students will need access to: Guitar Violin Trumpet

Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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Scott Glasser

Scott Glasser joined the School of Music, Dance, & Theatre in 2022 as Faculty Associate for Mariachi and was Director of Orchestras & Mariachi at Marcos de Niza High School (Tempe, AZ) from 2012-2023. Previous to his employment in the Tempe Union High School District and relocating to the Phoenix area, Mr. Glasser held the position of Director of Orchestras/Strings in the Liberty Central School District in the Catskill Mountains of New York State from 2007-2012. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate coursework in Music Education at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Music Learning & Teaching at Arizona State University. Mr. Glasser is passionate about both teaching and performing in his daily life. His orchestras have performed at the Main Plaza of Lincoln Center in New York City, SUNY Fredonia, the United Nations, the State Capitol Building in Austin, Texas, St. Malachy’s Chapel in Times Square, and aboard the Intrepid. Professionally, Mr. Glasser performs regularly as a violinist and vocalist. He is currently 1st Violinist for the Aletheia String Quartet and is an avid karaoke singer. While residing in New York, he was a founding member of the Tessera String Quartet of Middletown and appeared frequently with the Greater Newburgh Symphony, SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, and the Nesin Cultural Arts Faculty Quartet.
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