School of Visual & Performing Arts

Registration for the 2011 Summer Quarter takes place June 21-23. The nine-week session occurs during July 5 through September 3, 2011. Download the latest schedule of classes HERE!

Below are just a few highlights of the school programs offered by Plaza de la Raza:

PLAZA MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAM: Four to six student recitals for guitar, piano, mariachi, and dance are held  throughout the year, attracting audiences comprised of youth, parents, community members, and other supporters.

MARIACHI PROGRAM: Plaza offers classes for all ages in all aspects of this traditional Mexican folk music—guitarron, vihuela (a guitar-shaped lute), violin, trumpet, singing, and folklorico dancing. Mariachi lies at the heart of Plaza’s music education programs; after all, Los Angeles is the “Mariachi Capital of the World.” Not only does learning mariachi provide a connection to culture for Mexican-American students, it also provides training for a full-time or part-time career high in demand throughout Los Angeles and beyond. In addition to playing at restaurants and private parties, students and faculty are often hired for concerts, festivals, quinceañeras, weddings, and other community events. Taught by top folk artists, Plaza’s award-winning mariachi program includes four quarterly recitals and an annual grand-finale performance by students for the public conducted on a Saturday afternoon in June on the Willie Velasquez Outdoor Stage.

PLAZA DE LA RAZA/CALARTS COMMUNITY ARTS PARTNERSHIP (CAP): Since 1990, this ongoing partnership features an annual original theatre production involving Plaza and CalArts students, artists, playwrights, musicians, dancers, and set and costume designers under the direction of Plaza and CalArts faculty. Weekly classes, production meetings, and rehearsals at Plaza begin in January, culminating in eight free community performances during May and June at Disney Hall’s REDCAT Theatre and Plaza’s Margo Albert Theatre.

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