Ramon Rivera teaches tune and mariachi dancing, serving to kids join with their tradition.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Ramon Rivera’s music classes aren’t a lot a lesson as a celebration.
“After we play mariachi music, it is numerous pleasure,” he stated. “The spirit within the room adjustments. It connects folks.”
Rivera teaches conventional Mexican mariachi singing and dancing at Mount Vernon Excessive Faculty.
“It is my job each day to verify the world continues to make nice music and that the younger folks in our group use that music to amplify our group,” he stated.
Rivera was just lately named Washington Music Instructor of the Yr. He was additionally chosen from lots of of band managers throughout the nation to participate within the annual Event of Roses parade earlier this yr.
Rivera can be a recipient of the Golden Apple and Jefferson Award from Washington State, with a Nationwide CMA Basis Achievement Honor to his identify.
He believes mariachi connects children to their tradition and helps non-Latinos higher perceive their classmates.
“If we perceive different folks’s music, we perceive different folks’s tradition,” Rivera stated. “Let’s hope we have now fewer divisions on this nation.”
“Ever since I used to be little, my grandfather used to play mariachi music within the automotive and I loved it so much,” stated 17-year-old Ashley Zuniga. “It is a part of who I’m.”
“He actually makes us really feel nearer, like household,” added junior Karla Estevez. “It is so cool to have this expertise.”
Mount Vernon Excessive is 60% Latino. His commencement fee is 80%, barely beneath the state common of 84%, in keeping with publicschoolreview.com.
That is why Rivera makes use of the mariachi as a approach to entice college students to remain in class.
“I believe numerous children really feel neglected of faculty and numerous children aren’t related to high school. Faculty is meant to be enjoyable. One of the best ways to convey folks collectively is thru music. Having these children related to high school by way of music, their attendance is best, their grades are higher, their lives are higher,” Rivera stated.
Finally, all of the songs Rivera teaches are love songs for her college students. He is aware of he’s instructing them far more than notes on a web page. He teaches them to combine these notes into the music of their lives.
“I train them vanity in my classroom and train them management and train them that they’re beloved and cared for and the world is a greater place due to them,” he stated.
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