Music: Mariachi Specialization

Associate in Arts
Transfer Preparation* (Major Code: 02542)

The associate in arts degree provides students the unique musical training and study necessary to pursue aforementioned musical careers though specifically within the mariachi tradition. Each mariachi major must declare and take courses on a primary instrument (guitar, vihuela, guitarrón, harp, violin, trumpet, flute, voice), as well as taking courses on secondary instruments. Includes theory, keyboarding, and sight reading skills. Transfer students must pass proficiency exams in these areas.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Students will play and sing traditional mariachi music, including all of the standard mariachi song-types: son jalisciense, huapango, ranchera, bolero, son jarocho and joropo.
  • Student will demonstrate an understanding of mariachi history, style and performance practices.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
MUS 101 MUSIC THEORY I 3
MUS 111 AURAL SKILLS I 1
MUS 125 APPLIED MUSIC---INDIVIDUAL STUDY I 0.5
MUS 124A
INTRODUCTION TO MARIACHI PERFORMANCE I
or MARIACHI GARIBALDI I
1
MUS 202 DEVELOPMENT OF MARIACHI: STYLE AND CULTURE 3
Primary instrument instruction 1 1-2
 Units9.5-10.5
Second Semester
MUS 102 MUSIC THEORY II 3
MUS 113 AURAL SKILLS II 1
MUS 126 APPLIED MUSIC---INDIVIDUAL STUDY II 0.5
MUS 124B
INTRODUCTION TO MARIACHI PERFORMANCE II
or MARIACHI GARIBALDI II
1
Primary instrument instruction 1 1-2
 Units6.5-7.5
Third Semester
MUS 109 MUSIC THEORY III 3
MUS 127 APPLIED MUSIC---INDIVIDUAL STUDY III 0.5
MUS 124C
INTRODUCTION TO MARIACHI PERFORMANCE III
or MARIACHI GARIBALDI III
1
Secondary instrument instruction 1 1-2
 Units5.5-6.5
Fourth Semester
MUS 124D
INTRODUCTION TO MARIACHI PERFORMANCE IV
or MARIACHI GARIBALDI IV
1
Secondary instrument instruction 1 1-2
 Units2-3
 Total Units23.5-27.5
Instrument Instruction
Select 4-8 units of the following:4-8
BRASS INSTRUMENTS I
BRASS INSTRUMENTS II
BRASS INSTRUMENTS III
BRASS INSTRUMENTS IV
BEGINNING GUITAR I
BEGINNING GUITAR II
CLASS VOICE I
CLASS VOICE II
CLASS VOICE III
STRING INSTRUMENTS I
STRING INSTRUMENTS II
STRING INSTRUMENTS III
STRING INSTRUMENTS IV
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Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses specific to the transfer institution of choice. University requirements vary from institution to institution and are subject to change. Therefore, it is important to verify transfer major preparation and general education requirements through consultation with a counselor in either the Counseling Center or Transfer Center. See catalog Transfer Courses Information section for further information.

1

Primary or secondary instrument instruction.

Note: Students with music degrees from elsewhere or who have previously completed courses equivalent to MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 109, MUS 111 and MUS 113 at other institutions may petition to have their previous courses fulfill this requirement.

To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.