Congratulations to the Mariachi Heritage Foundation on celebrating arts and culture and for supporting music education in Chicago Public Schools. Thank you for your commitment to the children of the City of Chicago."
MHF believes in a high quality arts education that is equitable and accessible for all students. Through a comprehensive and sequential study of mariachi music, students become creative thinkers and problem-solvers.
A robust arts education program is not simply about what students know and do in the arts, but most importantly what they understand. MHF believes quality arts instruction engages students and promotes overall academic advancement. Other key benefits of maraichi music education include:
Gives students a voice
Validates what students do in the “core” classrooms
Celebrates and preserves culture and heritage
CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
In partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), MHF has developed a music education curriculum, utilizing mariachi as the medium, that will successfully engage students and families in a relevant way.
The new mariachi curriculum aligns with the CPS Arts Education Plan and is designed to exceed local, state and national standards for Arts Education. Current student enrollment approximates 1,750 students across six Chicago schools.
MHF is an official CPS Arts Partner through The Creative Schools Fund, a grant making partnership between Ingenuity and CPS Arts to support the expansion of arts education in schools. Schools can partner with MHF and apply for this grant opportunity to implement a mariachi program.
MHF's mariachi program is a sequential music curriculum taught as part of the general school day by credentialed music educators (as outlined in the CPS Arts Education Plan). MHF requires a minimum of 120 minutes of weekly certified instruction with supplemental after school programming for advanced instruction.
The mariachi curriculum includes teaching students the fundamentals of music, including music theory, notation, reading and vocal. Students establish an understanding of basic music concepts, before advancing to instrument method training in violin, trumpet, guitar, vihuela and guitarron.
MHF is responsible for the delivery and implementation of the mariachi curriculum, teacher recruitment, professional development through our partnership with the VanderCook College of Music's MECA Continuing Education Program, coordination of supplemental instruction, performances and other activities. Additionally, MHF provides instrument inventories and other instructional materials to schools participating in the program.
MHF actively recruits schools for new program implementation. If interested in starting a mariachi program at your school, please email us for more information.
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