Mariachi Education Program: Mariachi Cielo Nuevo

by Maestro on February 17, 2011

in Mariachi Education

By Claudia Zuñiga

Mariachi Cielo Nuevo (New Sky) is the youngest, largest and most experienced school-based mariachi ensemble in California.

Mariachi Cielo Nuevo Trumpets

Founded in the year 2002, its 22 members are students at Middleton Street School in the City of Huntington Park.

Their instrumental skills are unmatched by other young mariachi groups in the Los Angeles area.

Mariachi Cielo Nuevo has had 500+ appearances throughout Southern California, Colorado, and Arizona.

In recent years, this youth ensemble has participated in the Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The group also had the privilege of being selected to perform at the prestigious L.A. County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 2005, 2006 and 2008. This ensemble has also been the main attraction at the Fiesta Mexicana concert held annually at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. They have also participated in several events sponsored by the Autry National Center. Mariachi Cielo Nuevo has been featured in KABC’s Vista L.A. and in Univision’s Primera Edición.

Mariachi Cielo Nuevo members, ages 7-12, are proud to be among the most accomplished musicians in the Los Angeles Unified School District. All members of this mariachi group have been selected to participate in the District-wide Honors Orchestra and are recipients of music scholarships from the Los Angeles County Elementary Schools Music Association.

Claudia Zuñiga Director Mariachi Cielo Nuevo and Barry Brisk Beach Cities Symphony Conductor and Music Director

The student’s music education is formally established in the first grade. Proper knowledge of music theory and ear training is accomplished prior to commencing on their musical instrument. This is achieved through music classes held twice a week in forty minute increments throughout the school day. The growth and success of the music program is achieved through the support of parents, administration, and faculty.

In addition to their passion for expanding and sharing their musical heritage, these first generation California-born musicians are also scholars who excel in their academic achievement. Most members of the group have scored in the advanced category in the California Standards Test. The members of Mariachi Cielo Nuevo are the epitome of dedicated practice and determination to their music and academic studies. They constantly seek new challenges and strive to succeed in all their endeavors.

Claudia Zuñiga, Mariachi Cielo Nuevo’s director of eight years is an accomplished violinist who teaches instrumental music to 150 students at Middleton Street School. She is a current violin student of former Chicago Symphony concertmaster and member of Beach Cities Symphony. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, teaching credential in music, and Master of Arts in Education degree from California State University, Northridge.

Mariachi Cielo Nuevo Strings

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Laiani Venegas April 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I have had the honor of having Mariachi Nuevo Cielo (Los Angeles based group under the direction of Mr. Miranda) play for a couple of family events. Everybody loved them! They are exceptional musicians and students. I would love to be notified with regards to upcoming events.

Thank you!


anthony vigil September 26, 2011 at 11:33 am

Hello! You are an inspiration to fellow mariachi teachers! Could you please send me any suggestions on how to start a community mariachi program? I taught mariachi in the school setting for seven years and I want to start another. I know I can do this, but I need to know the legal aspects of beginning the program.

Thank You!


JOSE A CARDENAS August 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

Este mensaje es para Miss. Claudia Zuniga, para felicitarla por su extraordinaria labor educacional en la musica. Hace 22 yeras me toco vivir en Huntington Park, cerca vde la 53th St y Alameda y me alegra que haya Programas como este. que ayuden a visualizar a nuestros chicos un mejor manana. Con ese mismo entusiasmo, estoy tratando de hacer un grupo en mi Comunidad, Milwaukee WI. y quisiera saber como conseguir partituras. Le agradecere su ayuda.

Mr. Cradenas


Catalina Pop October 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Primeramente quiro felicitar a todas las personas
que estan involucradas en este programa.
Quiero hacerles una invitacion a un festival escolas,
en Culver City.


смотреть канал кхл March 23, 2015 at 4:23 am

Позиционируется как главный
телеканал страны. смотреть канал кхл


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