Spring ISD will be establishing a mariachi music program for students in fifth grade and higher, according to a Nov. 29 blog post from the district.

What’s special about it?

Under the new mariachi program, students will learn “a variety of traditional mariachi music” for vocals, guitar, vihuela, guitarron, trumpet and violin, according to the post. A start date for the program—which will be run by the district’s performing and visual arts department—has not been announced.

“Mariachi is a central part of many celebrations and has been a part of the regional Mexican music scene for centuries,” Superintendent Lupita HInojosa said via the post. “Getting to connect that history and legacy with our students here in SISD is thrilling.”

What the district is saying

Department leaders plan to host at least one concert per year for the mariachi program and also potentially have students in the program perform in UIL competitions, festivals and district events, according to the post.

“We are so excited to bring this incredible artform to the students of SISD,” said Joe Clark, SISD’s director of performing and visual arts, via the post. “Music education of any kind gives students an opportunity for a creative outlet as well as avenues to advance their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. But it also allows them ways to connect with and honor the culture of our students and families.”