Today was the end of the “main” portion of the 10th anniversary national mariachi conference. We had a final exam of playing in an actual mariachi ensemble. I cannot begin to tell you how great of a real life experience that was for me. Not only did I put myself in my students shoes, but I got to perform music at an advanced level. We looked and sounded like an authentic mariachi group. Not only did we perform, but we heard performances by the intermediate and advanced groups as well. Sol de mariachi came and surprised us with a another amazing performance and demo on showmanship this morning. I was literally in tears at their performance and thinking about how amazing it is going to be to bring this type of a group to my school community. This is what my families grew up listening to, and now I know how to teach it to their children. Can you think of a better fellowship? So amazing. More tomorrow for the elementary curriculum series I will take a day class for!