What makes a great teacher? Any student would tell you that an engaging and productive teacher must be able to capture the minds of eager kids with a charming smile and be extremely personable. Selena Quintanilla possesses all that, and then some, in this incredibly important video that Tejano Nation just unearthed.
"I am Mexican-American, and I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, listening to pop, rhythm & blues, rock, country Western, and to music in Spanish," Selena said in front of her interactive classroom setting. "For many Mexican-Americans, when we hear music that has Mexican-American roots it can have a special place in our hearts. When we hear these musical styles, we feel a connection to our culture and to our people."
Ain't that the truth!
In Selena's music class, we learn so many vital facts and lessons about Mexican-American music — things she said she was never taught in school. We think all teachers should show this insightful and educational lesson that Selena instructs because an informed student is a person ready for life.
Here are just some points that Selena makes, so take note!
- The origins of Mexican-American music were created in the United States in the following states: California, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, Indiana, and Illinois.
- Selena explains that by the end of her class, students will be able to know about various Mexican-American music styles, roots, and historical and cultural influences.
- Professor Selena first breaks down the history of Mexicans in Texas by explaining important political and economic events that took place there.
- This class discusses the origins of Tejano and Norteño (meaning from northern Mexico) music, and also explains the differences and similarities of these kinds of genres.
- Selena also instructs on how to dance to cumbias!
- She also discusses that Mexican-American music can be sung in Spanish, English, and sometimes both languages simultaneously.
- The course has a very in-depth historical look at the origins of Mexicans in California, but take notes on the cutest segue ever! Selena is the best teacher ever.
- Selena looks at music known as Ranchera and Banda.
- All of these musical genres have influences from Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican, rock 'n' roll, and rhythm and blues.
- The music class also touches on the urban take of Mexican-American music in California that includes the styles of rap and hip-hop.
- Selena even touches on the mass media and music marketing. Wow!
Check out part two below. Selena really makes learning a pure joy.