Mariachi as a music education genre: a study of the program status, pedagogical practices, and activities
Ricketts, William Kenneth
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In recent years, public schools and higher education institutions in Texas have placed a growing emphasis on mariachi music programs. The purpose of this study was to gather data regarding the status of mariachi programs and the pedagogical practices and activities of selected mariachi instructors in kindergarten through 12th grade (K12) schools in Texas. The researcher examined the pedagogical practices, content knowledge bases, and specific skill sets that selected mariachi instructors considered to be important determinants of effectiveness in teaching mariachi music. Descriptive data about the selected mariachi instructors' class activities was also collected. The sample used for this study comprised 14 selected mariachi music instructors. The sampling process included compiling a list of mariachi programs throughout the state of Texas, organizing the list according to the seven All-State Area alignments recognized by the Texas Music Educators Association, and selecting two instructors-one from a junior high school and one from a high school-in each All-State Area. The method for gathering information on pedagogical practices and class activities included tape-recorded interviews and on-site observations ofthe selected mariachi instructors. Data from both the interviews and the observation sessions were aggregated for further analysis and for the development of categories and themes, as appropriate. The study and its reported outcomes constitute a status of mariachi programs across Texas. Data gathered from selected mariachi instructors provided information regarding program content and program scheduling in K12 schools and an overview of the instructors' backgrounds and bases of knowledge of the mariachi genre. Further, specific skills and skill sets regarding performance practices of the mariachi ensemble are discussed. It is anticipated that this accumulation of pedagogical information will be used by music educators currently involved in the mariachi genre and by other music educators in the development of their programs.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--Boston University