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. 

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"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."

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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. 

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Here are just some points that Selena makes, so take note!

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Professor Selena first breaks down the history of Mexicans in Texas by explaining important political and economic events that took place there.  
  4. 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. 
  5. Selena also instructs on how to dance to cumbias!
  6. She also discusses that Mexican-American music can be sung in Spanish, English, and sometimes both languages simultaneously. 
  7. 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.
  8. Selena looks at music known as Ranchera and Banda. 
  9. All of these musical genres have influences from Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican, rock 'n' roll, and rhythm and blues. 
  10. The music class also touches on the urban take of Mexican-American music in California that includes the styles of rap and hip-hop. 
  11. Selena even touches on the mass media and music marketing. Wow!

Check out part two below. Selena really makes learning a pure joy.