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New York City Mariachi Conservatory is glad to announce a Mariachi Master Apprentice Program; a professional mentorship, musical enrichment, and cultural expression for all ages. This program instructs youth and adults who are ready to advance their skills as mariachi musicians. Weekly sessions provide professional instrumental technique development, vocal coaching, music theory education, and performance etiquette, while enhancing repertoire that emphasizes the traditional and popular mariachi music forms, including sones, rancheras, huapangos, boleros, and polkas. Training focuses on the core of musical instruments traditional to the mariachi ensemble: guitarrón, vihuela, guitar, harp, violin, and trumpet. NYC Mariachi Conservatory aims to carry-on the mariachi tradition by targeting promising youth that strive for musical excellence. The program is designed to transcend the basics, shaping ambitious youth that have the potential to become masters in their own right. NYCMC vision is that these apprentices may then serve to further develop this valuable musical tradition.

Alvaro Paulino Sr. - Mariachi Tapatio De Alvaro Paulino was founded in 1983 by Alvaro Paulino. Born in Puebla, Mexico, Alvaro Paulino studied at Puebla’s Conservatory with Edmundo Cruz (a professional cornet and trumpet player who his known throughout Mexico). Alvaro began playing the trumpet at age 15 and has continued with his talent and expanded his skills over the years by playing and studying with many well-known mariachis in Mexico, such as Mariachi Metepec, Mariachi Puebla, Mariachi Cocula, Mariachi Los Arrieros, Mariachi Continental, Mariachi Los Caporales, Mariachi Los Cuervos, and many more!!!

Alvaro has also accompanied many great artists such as Vicente Fernandez, Lola Beltran, Miguel Aceves Mejia, Lucha Villa, Gerardo Reyes, Yolanda Del Rio, Pedro Fernandez, Alicia Juarez, Paco Michel, Hermanas Huerta, Emilio Galvez, Leo Dan, Manuel Lopez Ochoa, Placido Domingo, and many more!!!

Alvaro Paulino Jr.

- Alvaro Paulino Jr. enrolled at the Brooklyn Music School at age 6 where he has been taught. A few of his teachers were his dad Alvaro Paulino, his uncle Eladio Arriaga, Carmelo Paulino, Marcelo Paulino, Jaime Paulino, Luciano Paulino, Ana Keylin, Misha Keylin, and Albert Rhodes. He also received valuable private lessons from many of the great mariachi veterans in Mexico such as his godfather Trino Origel Vargas (a well known professional trumpet player in Jalisco, Guadalajara), his god brother Edwin Origel Vargas (guitarist in Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan), Jesus Rodriguez de Hijar (Mariachi de America), Sergio Caratachea (Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara), Jose “Pepe” Martinez (Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan), and Jose Hernandez (Mariachi Sol de Mexico).

He has shared the stage with many great mariachi bands such as Mariachi 2000 De Cutberto Perez, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan de Fernando Martinez, Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara, Mariachi Imperial de Mexico, Mariachi Mujer 2000, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Sonidos de America, Mariachi de America de Jesus Rodriguez De Hijar, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez.

In Feb, 2007, Maestro Jose Hernandez invited Alvaro Jr. to tour with Mariachi Sol de Mexico along with Luis Miguel.


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Brooklyn, NY 11221

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