The second floor of the SUB was taken over by the sound of children’s laughter and music.
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) collegiate chapter at Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) hosted the very first Javelina Music Day at the Memorial Student Union Building on April 18.
“The purpose of Javelina Music Day was to spread awareness of the importance of music in our schools,” said Jorge Rangel, music education major and president of the NAfME collegiate chapter at TAMUK.
The event included a live performance by Mariachi Javelina, dances by the Corpus Christi Chinese fan dancers, a research gallery provided by music department students and music activity stations for individuals of all ages to enjoy.
“A lot of the parents brought their young children to the event and really enjoyed the hands-on experience in instrument petting zoo, classical music and movement, and parachute games,” said Catherine Tu, assistant professor of music education.
Over 100 people attended the event.
“This event was a great a way to learn about music from around the world, the importance of music in public schools, and how music develops young minds while still having fun,” said Orlando Medrano, music performance major.
Javelina Music Day was filled with TAMUK music students and members of the community who brought their children to experience the music.
“I believe that music day was a community effort that provided and established an importance of music,” Medrano said. “And, by TAMUK dedicating a day just for that reason proves that this university supports music and emphasizes that music is a crucial part in the development of the human.”
Each experience of the event did not have any age restrictions. Individuals of all ages participated in each station together.
“Music education is important because it promotes non-musical skills like language development, social interaction, and mathematical operation,” Tu said. “However, some schools in our nation have terminated music at the elementary level due to budget deficits.”
Javelina Music Day was funded by a co-curricular service-learning award of $2,750, and was sponsored by Dr. Duane Gardiner, director of service learning program at TAMUK.
“It would be nice that we will get funding from various resources or even an external grant and really promote hands-on music experience for the community,” Tu said. “We’d like to see more music education students coming out of their comfort zone and hone their teaching skills during this event.”
The NAfME collegiate chapter at TAMUK wish to continue hosted Javelina Music Day in the future.
“Music does something even better for our students than what can be measured directly on a test score,” Tu said. “Music shapes the way our students understand themselves and the world around them.”
Music education majors had the chance to research music subjects and talk about them in the research galleries at the event. Potential stations could also include a story-telling/folklore, make your own instruments, music and science, and/or music of your heritage.
“It is our hope that the hands-on music education experience provided during this Javelina Music Day will instill a deeper appreciation of music that will last a lifetime,” Tu said.