The Art of Mariachi: A Curriculum Guide

The Art of Mariachi: A Curriculum Guide

The Art of Mariachi serves as a valuable tool for educators to pass on the important musical traditions of mariachi. The author, Rachel Yvonne Cruz, provides clear and engaging methods towards teaching mariachi with a Learner-Centered approach that builds off of students’ histories and strengths, while providing curriculum that meets Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements. The text is designed to help teachers of mariachi, whether expert or not, enable their students to understand mariachi notation, musical technique, historical context, and cultural history. Further, the book will help teachers preserve mariachi expression and culture by preparing future generations for concert performance, academic study, and careers in music. While the text is designed for teachers, anyone who is interested in learning more about the art of mariachi music will gain important insight and knowledge from this text.


Marco Cervantes, Associate Professor,

University of Texas at San Antonio

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