UNT mariachi camp marks 5th year of helping kids


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 - 12:20pm -- (View the original North Texas e-News article.)

Since 2008, the University of North Texas mariachi camp has not only helped students polish their musical skills – but has made the path to college easier for many of them. 

Sixth- through 12th-graders play the guitarrón, vihuela, violin and trumpet and sing mariachi songs of celebration and sorrow at the five-day camp. But they also get a glimpse of university life by staying in a residence hall, learning about the admissions process and hearing about college life firsthand from UNT students.

They build bridges that can help smooth the transition from high school to college, said Dr. Donna Emmanuel, associate professor of music education at UNT and founder of the camp.

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