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My goal is to bring a musical connection with hispanic music and our Laurel Oak student body. The history and impact of Mariachi music has made a global impact and is an incredibly rich and beautiful tradition. I would love to bring this music to life in the classroom and to harbor a positive connection with our neighbors to the south.

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Mariachi Connection

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School:
Laurel Oak Elementary 
Subject:
Music 
Teacher:
Austin Gomez 
Students Impacted:
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
October 4, 2021

Investor

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Lucie Jenny MacCarthy Music Fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County - $798.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 207

The 4th grade students were really taken by the physical attributes of the mariachi instruments, the vihuela and the guitarron. We were able to tie in a mariachi song with our ukulele learning and mixed in our new instruments. We did some cross cultural referencing with Mexican celebrations such as Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Cinco De Mayo. Our school curriculum song from QuaverEd "El Cascabel" was an excellent chance for our kids to learn a very traditional mariachi song that speaks of and infuses many other typical mexican cultural aspects of topography, artisan crafts and music. The classes were broken down into 3 groups each on one of the 3 chords used in the song, a minor, d minor and E7. The classes then got to sing the very last line " Mi cascabel, en la arena". That means my rattle in the sand. They sing the line in the very traditional mariachi style, which resembles an operatic style. The kids have a lot of fun trying to hold those notes a really long time! We also mixed in some mexican sombreros to add to the authenticity. The instruments, songs and lessons really triggered lots of curiosity and desire to learn more about Mexico and other latin cultures as well. I look forward to many more mariaichi lessons and introducing these instruments to younger and older grades as well! Such a great impact on our music education here at LOE. Thank youall!

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

My goal is to bring a musical connection with hispanic music and our Laurel Oak student body. The history and impact of Mariachi music has made a global impact and is an incredibly rich and beautiful tradition. I would love to bring this music to life in the classroom and to harbor a positive connection with our neighbors to the south. 

 

What will be done with my students

The students will actively be involved in holding, playing, moving and singing to mariachi music while creating life long lasting memories of these beautiful instruments. The guitarron and the vihuela are made of special wood found only in Mexico and tell the tale of their ancestors. 

 

Benefits to my students

Cultural diversity, musical expression, geographic diversity and music appreciation as well as an expanded palette of musical sound and music making. Most importantly, a way to connect and appreciate different cultures and learn to find and seek the beauty in all of them! 

 

Budget Narrative

Both instruments are found on Musician's Friend website at the best price point. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Vihuela with bag $299.00
2 Guitarron with bag $499.00
  Total: $798.00

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