Fall 2023 MECA
Continuing Education Courses
Mariachi 101: Building a Successful Program
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
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 www.online.vandercook.edu 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 www.schoology.com
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).