The Porterville Mariachi Academy for the Performing Arts is now enrolling new students.

The mission of the Porterville Mariachi Academy for the Performing Arts is to offer any interested person the opportunity to learn Mariachi music. It’s intended that these students will gain an insight to this music genre and will learn to perform and educate the general public about mariachi music.  It’s also intended to be a safe place for students to learn.

The Porterville Mariachi Academy for the Performing Arts was founded in 2000. Students enrolled in the Mariachi Academy have ranged in ages from 6 to 60. The majority of students range in ages from 8 through high school.

The Academy holds classes on Tuesdays, and Wednesdays between 5 to 7:30 p.m. and collaborates with the Porterville Unified School District and Porterville Adult School to hold classes at Porterville High School on the west side of the campus, at 150 S. Villa. The director and all instructors are accomplished musicians. The curriculum is set up in such a way to encourage students to participate in regular school activities as well. 

Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the activities of the Mariachi Academy. There’s a sitting area where families can watch students while in class. By having parents involved, the academy is able to reach out to extended families.

The  curriculum coincides with expectations of the regular school band program for those learning the violin and trumpet.  Also taught are two unique guitar-like instruments of the mariachi, the vihuela, and the guitarrón. Students also learn stage performance techniques; stage presence, positioning, voice projection and choreography.

Mariachi Academy students perform at community and city events such as parades, downtown summer concerts, and local school programs.  

For more information, call Mariachi Academy musical director Frank M. Chavez, 559-974-9190.

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