Sones de México Ensemble teaches and performs for children, unfolding a world of experience for students of all backgrounds in the context of Mexican traditional music and dance. They have toured hundreds of schools since 1994 with English, Spanish and bilingual programs designed especially for kids and mindful of the State of Illinois Education Goals for Music and Dance which seek to empower students to:
I- Understand the principal sensory, formal, technical, and expressive qualities of music and dance.
II- Identify processes and tools required to produce music and dance.
III- Demonstrate basic skills necessary to participate in the creation and/or performance of music and/or dance.
IV- Identify significant works in the arts from major historical periods and how they reflect societies, cultures, civilizations, past and present.
V- Describe the unique characteristics of music and dance.
Sones de México Ensemble also combines the expertise of its members to offer a wide menu of units that draw general lessons in Math, Science, Social Studies, Humanities, Physical Education, and the Arts from the wealth of the Mexican folk music and dance experience.
The next section is a menu of sample units that integrate Mexican music and dance with important lessons in other academic subjects. In the coming years, new units may become available and old units may be retired according to the success the have in the classroom. Teachers are encouraged to call Sones de México to get an updated menu of available units.
Units may be available in a variety of formats: performance, workshop, lecture/demonstration, residency, professional development or in-service for parents and teachers, student performance, and student ensemble. These formats and their specific features are discussed further ahead.