instrumental music lessons

The goal of The Mariachi Studio is to provide a wholesome educational experience that includes instrumental technique, music literacy and mariachi-style performance, so that our students, upon graduation, can participate fully in collegiate ensembles around the country.

The Mariachi Studio offers classes in all the mariachi instruments and voice. Classes are once per week for 28 minutes and are scheduled Monday through Saturday. Lessons can be private (one-on-one) or shared by two students with similar skill level on the same instrument.

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Trumpet, violin, arpa (harp), guitar, guitarrón (bass guitar) and vihuela (treble guitar)

Trumpet, violin, arpa (harp), guitar, guitarrón (bass guitar) and vihuela (treble guitar)


We believe every student can learn to play mariachi music regardless of their nationality or cultural heritage, and that there are no gender-specific instruments.

Even though we specialize in mariachi music, speaking Spanish is not a requirement, but certainly an asset; all our classes are taught in English and Spanish, depending on the language in which our students are most comfortable communicating. 

Instruction at The Mariachi Studio is delivered by qualified coaches who have been properly equipped with the pedagogical tools that make our studio a success story in the music education milieu.

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Instructor Sal Rios, a Music Education major at CSU Bakersfield, coaches a student at The Mariachi Studio.

Instructor Sal Rios, a Music Education major at CSU Bakersfield, coaches a student at The Mariachi Studio.


Since mariachi music has traditionally been transmitted by rote (observe-imitate-repeat technique), The Mariachi Studio embraces the Suzuki method of learning. Furthermore, we believe a combination of rote learning, active learning and team-based activities is the most conducive to develop wholesome mariachi musicians.  

With this in mind, when students attain a certain level of proficiency on their instruments, they are invited to attend rehearsals with one of several mariachi music ensembles, either beginner, intermediate or advanced. 

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Students at a tier-one rehearsal at The Mariachi Studio

Students at a tier-one rehearsal at The Mariachi Studio