Music Education Consultants, Inc.
Music Education Consultants, Inc., is a consortium of music education professionals who work with a variety of educational organizations, arts associations, schools, and school districts to foster the growth and breadth of the highest quality of standards-based Music Education Programs for every child.
An Array of Services
Curriculum Development, Innovation, and Implementation.
A standards-based, sequential music curriculum is essential to ensure that all who are involved in the education process can be familiarized with what students are expected to learn and what educators are expected to teach. Music Education Consultants, Inc. works with school districts nationwide to facilitate the development of their own comprehensive, standards-based curriculum documents as well as individual articulation documents which sequence the lessons appropriately so that an aligned curriculum is provided. Specific curricular areas include Elementary Music, (including a comprehensive Orff Curriculum), Secondary Band, Choir, Orchestra, Guitar, Mariachi, and Music Technology including International Baccalaureate® and Arts Integration expertise.
The best programs are those taught by music educators who continue to seek professional development even when they are considered to be at the pinnacle of their careers. Those who realize that learning is a lifetime quest find that their students achieve at a higher level on a consistent basis. Music Education Consultants, Inc., provides Professional Development Programs which include Teacher Inductions, Conference Presentations on a variety of topics, and extended Workshop Trainings for pre-service teachers as well as new and experienced educators.
Music Education Consultants, Inc., has over thirty (30) years experience organizing and providing Large and Small Group Festivals, Solo and Ensemble Festivals, and Honor Ensemble Festivals. Only the highest caliber of conductors and adjudicators are selected to work with music students in these settings. Our vast network of professionals in the education and entertainment industry can also provide expertise in show design, staging, lighting, and sound for special conference and concert events. We provide services in marketing, advertising, catering, hotel, transportation and all other facets required to ensure that events run smoothly.
Schools with growing Latino demographics have found great success in engaging students, parents, and local communities by implementing standards-based, traditional mariachi programs. These programs are growing at an exponential rate and school districts, community centers and after-school programs are all discovering that by providing mariachi experiences, young people are becoming more engaged in their general education.
The sole professional development opportunity for Mariachi Educators in the United States, the goal of The National Mariachi Workshops for Educators® is to equip music teachers with the materials and knowledge necessary to either start their own mariachi program or to enhance the program that they are already teaching.
The week-long event draws over eighty (80) educators from all over the country and is co-sponsored by West Music Company, Wenger Corporation, Yamaha Corporation, CenturyLink and Hal Leonard Corporation with optional graduate credit offered through VanderCook College of Music. The Workshop is typically scheduled for the last full week of June annually and is held at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Three (3) levels of instruction are offered with each also containing a strand of vocal training so that all participants will have access to age-appropriate vocal pedagogy. These three levels are defined by the specific mariachi styles being studied. Participants may thus enroll in Beginning Mariachi Styles, Intermediate Mariachi Styles or Advanced Mariachi Styles. Our esteemed clinician, Maestro Jose Hernandez, will work with each of these levels individually to help educators better apply the appropriate performance characteristics to each of the styles.
The majority of the focus of each course is placed on the playing of secondary and tertiary instruments in the areas that are of most need as determined by each individual educator/participant. All participants will, however, have the opportunity to perform on their primary instruments to more readily learn the characteristic, stylistic nuances necessitated by the various mariachi styles being studied In addition to violin and trumpet, all attendees will also receive extensive training on the guitar, the vihuela and the guitarron. Specialized master classes as well as private lessons are also provided for a nominal fee.
For additional information, visit the Mariachi Workshop Page