Career Pathway

Learn Invaluable Mariachi Skills
Learn tools of the trade that empower you to confidently explore a bright future in the entertainment and music industry with mariachi.

Immerse Yourself in the Culture of Music

The Mariachi Pathway provides instruction in mariachi-style guitar, guitarron (bass guitar), vihuela, harp, violin and trumpet. The program is dedicated to preparing students for careers and college by teaching them leadership, teamwork, and dedication through music. This multi-semester program will help teach students how to play – and then advance a student’s ability to play. Through this coursework and expert guidance, students can excel both musically and in their college career.

Career Pathways help students explore their talents and use their experiences in the classroom to select career paths that they’re passionate about.

Prepare in the Classroom

Build a strong foundation with A-G approved courses and prepare yourself for an exciting new musical career in mariachi. Classes include:

  • Mariachi
  • Mariachi Honors

Get Real

Take what you learned out into the real world and see first-hand what awaits you in a musical career. Hands-on, in-depth immersive experiences may include:

  • Guest Speakers
  • Field Trips

Valuable Training for Exciting Careers

Kickstart your career path in mariachi with the help of our academic instruction and industry insight. Potential career paths these programs help prepare you for include:

  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Music Teacher
  • Performer

Projected Growth in the Field: 5% to 9%

Ready to Make Music?

Contact your college & career technician for availability.
Programs are subject to change.

CE Teachers:
Antonio Rivera – (805) 795-6021

Dominic Rivera

Music Rooted in Tradition

If you’re interested in music and want to learn about the rich history, fascinating culture, fantastic costumes, and vibrant sound of mariachi, then Rio Mesa’s Mariachi Pathway is for you. Maybe you have a passion for music or crave the camaraderie of being in a mariachi band. Here you’ll have the opportunity to learn, build, and refine your skills in mariachi music.

Earn College Credits

Get a jump start on your college future by earning college credits and valuable real-world skills you can use for college and career.

AA Music

BA Performing Arts Music