Bakersfield City School District Mariachi and Folklorico Festival
The Bakersfield City School District Mariachi and Folklorico Festival brings together District students and the community to celebrate culturally-relevant music and dance with our community! Students perform for nationally-recognized clinicians and receive instructional feedback on their learning.
The BCSD Mariachi Program was originally established by the District in April of 1995. Folklorio programs have been established in recent years at several schools, primarily through partnership with the After School Education & Safety (ASES) program. Mariachi and Folklorico students have performed for a wide variety of community organizations and events over the years.
In 2016, the District restructured the Mariachi Program to expand student access. The program at the time was just offered at one school site, but was expanded to six sites by 2017, and then eight sites by 2018. The current Mariachi Program is implemented through a partnership between the Visual and Performing Arts Department and the District’s After School Program. Students in the program have been featured in local television news segments, radio broadcasts, and several newspaper articles.
The Mariachi and Folklorico curriculum provide the opportunity for students to learn the music, dance, and culture of the traditional Mariachi and Folklorico. Dance and music become the catalyst through which students learn individual and collaborative skills, and recognize themselves as members of a community and global society.