Wed, July 26, 2006 • UT Campus
Mariachi traditions are kept alive in our schools-middle and high school students throughout the Southwest learn to play the instruments, sing the songs, and perform for their schools and communities. Mariachi conferences and competitions add to their training; music and voice workshops hone their skills.
But what about the link between music and culture? How does active engagement with mariachi lead to dialogue on cultural heritage? How can educators build on these deep-rooted traditions as a means to multicultural understanding? The study of mariachi in an academic context, in addition to empowering students who participate in it, can add to our understanding and appreciation of Mexican and Mexican-American history and culture.