Music---Mariachi Specialization

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

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 courses on secondary instruments. Includes theory, keyboarding, and sight reading skills. Transfer students must pass proficiency exams in these areas.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • 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 125 APPLIED MUSIC---INDIVIDUAL STUDY I 0.5
MUS 124A
INTRODUCTION TO MARIACHI PERFORMANCE I
or MARIACHI GARIBALDI I
1-2
MUS 202 DEVELOPMENT OF MARIACHI: STYLE AND CULTURE 3
Primary instrument instruction 1 1-2
MUS 111 AURAL SKILLS I 1
 Units9.5-11.5
Second Semester
MUS 124B
INTRODUCTION TO MARIACHI PERFORMANCE II
or MARIACHI GARIBALDI II
1-2
Primary instrument instruction 1 1-2
MUS 102 MUSIC THEORY II 3
MUS 113 AURAL SKILLS II 1
MUS 126 APPLIED MUSIC---INDIVIDUAL STUDY II 0.5
 Units6.5-8.5
Third Semester
MUS 124C
INTRODUCTION TO MARIACHI PERFORMANCE III
or MARIACHI GARIBALDI III
1-2
Secondary instrument instruction 1 1-2
MUS 109 MUSIC THEORY III 3
MUS 127 APPLIED MUSIC---INDIVIDUAL STUDY III 0.5
 Units5.5-7.5
Fourth Semester
MUS 124D
INTRODUCTION TO MARIACHI PERFORMANCE IV
or MARIACHI GARIBALDI IV
1-2
Secondary instrument instruction 1 1-2
 Units2-4
 Total Units23.5-31.5
Primary or Secondary Instrument Instruction 1
(Take 4-8 Units from the following courses)
MUS 119ABRASS, WOODWIND, AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS I2
MUS 119BBRASS, WOODWIND, AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS II2
MUS 119CBRASS, WOODWIND, AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS III2
MUS 119DBRASS, WOODWIND, AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS IV2
MUS 137BEGINNING GUITAR I1
MUS 138BEGINNING GUITAR II1
MUS 140CLASS VOICE I1
MUS 141CLASS VOICE II1
MUS 142CLASS VOICE III1
MUS 193ASTRING INSTRUMENTS, PIANO, AND VOICE I2
MUS 193BSTRING INSTRUMENTS, PIANO, AND VOICE II2
MUS 193CSTRING INSTRUMENTS, PIANO, AND VOICE III2
MUS 193DSTRING INSTRUMENTS, PIANO, AND VOICE IV2

Note: Students with music degrees from elsewhere or who have previously completed courses equivalent to MUS 101MUS 102MUS 109MUS 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.