R&L Education / National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Trim: 5¾ x 8½
978-1-57886-763-9 • Hardback • March 2008 • $125.00 • (£96.00)
978-1-57886-764-6 • Paperback • March 2008 • $53.00 • (£41.00)
William Gradante, Ph.D. has taught mariachi and classic guitar since 1980 in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the author of a definitive article on the life of JosZ Alfredo JimZnez and is a scholar in the field of Colombian regional folk music and mariachi history.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Starting a Mariachi Program
Chapter 3 Starting the Year
Chapter 4 Choosing Appropriate Repertoire
Chapter 5 Preparing for a Performance
Chapter 6 Teaching the Beginning Guitarrón
Chapter 7 Teaching the Armonías Class: The Best Part of Your Day!
Chapter 8 Teaching the Mariachi Violin Section
Chapter 9 Teaching Trumpet Technique to Mariachi Students
Chapter 10 Teaching the Mariachi Harp
Chapter 11 Teaching Vocal Technique to Mariachi Students
Chapter 12 Mariachi Education as a District Initiative: Development of the Clark County School District Program
Chapter 13 Mariachi Instruction in Support of Literacy
Tons of important information that should be quite helpful to any music teacher who wants to engage more students and broaden their musical horizons.
— Linda Ronstadt, Grammy and Emmy Award winner, singer-songwriter and record producer
MENC does a great service to music education with the publication of this book. Its contributors are all acclaimed teachers of mariachi music. I applaud this effort and recommend it to everyone interested in furthering the understanding and teaching of this great music.
— José Hernández, director, Mariachi Sol de México
This MENC mariachi publication is a very reliable resource put together by veteran music educators and experienced professional performers. The partnership of these two elements will provide valuable and practical information to the mariachi music educator.
— Randy Carrillo, founder-director, Mariachi Cobre
This book is a much-needed resource from some of the best performer/educators in the field of mariachi music. The material presented serves teachers and students from the initial planning stages of creating a program to the implementation and direction for continued success. I highly recommend this publication to anyone considering learning this great musical tradition.
— Richard Rodriguez, California Association for Music Education Multicultural Music Representative
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!
— Natividad Nati Cano, director, Mariachi Los Camperos and National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship recipient
Foundations provides a powerful insight into the details of initiating a mariachi program with readily available resources and guidance. After initiating a full mariachi program in a school district as a means to successfully address a high dropout rate, high absenteeism, and poor achievement, I realize that my life would have been much easier with the guidance and materials that are provided in this book. It is a "must have" for any mariachi education program. It is a work that is long overdue.
— Lorenzo A. Trujillo, Ed.D., J.D., assistant dean of students and professional programs, University of Colorado Law School and former public school administrator