Mariachi Master Apprentice Program (MMAP)


Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando showcases the talents of advanced students from the award winning and nationally recognized arts-in-education program, the City of San Fernando Mariachi Master Apprentice Program (MMAP). A project created in 2001 in collaboration with Señor Nati Cano, founder of the world renowned Mariachi Los Camperos and the City of San Fernando Recreation and Community Services Department, began as an experiment and has developed into an award winning program.  The program distinguishes itself due to the quality of instruction provided by members of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, such as Grammy Award-winning musical director, Jesus Guzman as well as Sergio Alonso, Jimmy Cuéllar and Juan Jiménez. Mr. Cano is the single-most important figure in the dissemination of mariachi music in the United States. 

MMAP unites young students with master musicians in the communities of the north-east San Fernando Valley to study the popular and traditional Mexican art forms. Through the study of culturally-relevant musical traditions, young people are discovering a sense of pride in the heritage of their families, developing positive self-identities; contributing as young citizens to the underserved communities they live in and are preserving and disseminating the traditional arts.  These results are important to our youth and community because they provide the skill-sets and real-life experiences they will need for success as tomorrows young leaders and also allows them to develop a better understanding and respect for all people within our culturally diverse society.

MMAP’s presence in our community has resulted in an increase in the number of high school graduates and students pursuing higher education. Over the last decade, the graduation rate of MMAP students has remained 100%. This figure is especially notable considering that last year, the statewide graduation rate of California was 76%, the district wide graduation rate of the Los Angeles Unified School District was 61%, and within our local school district, one of the most underrepresented and underperforming areas of Los Angeles, was 58%. Additionally, many MMAP students have pursued higher education and have attended some of the most prestigious universities in the nation, including MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UCLA.

On November 19, 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama presented to the City of San Fernando Mariachi Master Apprentice Program (MMAP) the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the Nation’s highest honor for after-school arts and humanities programs.  Receiving this award at the White House is testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of all of the students, parents, and community arts advocates who provided support and believed in the program.

First awarded in 1998, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), and is presented in partnership with the National Endwoment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanintes (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

The Mariachi Master Apprentice Program is proud to be supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, The Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and the City of San Fernando.

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Recreation and Community Services

LAS PALMAS PARK
505 S. Huntington Street
San Fernando, CA, 91340
Phone: 818-898-7340

RECREATION PARK
208 Park Ave.
San Fernando, CA 91340
Phone: 818-898-1290

SAN FERNANDO
REGIONAL POOL FACILITY
208 Park Ave.
San Fernando, CA 91340
Phone: 818-898-1290

PIONEER PARK
828 Harding Street
San Fernando, CA 91340
Phone: (818) 898-1290

RUDY ORTEGA (Heritage) PARK
2025 4th Street
San Fernando, CA 91340
Phone: 818-898-1290

CESAR E. CHAVEZ MEMORIAL
Located on the corner of Wolfskill Street and Truman Street

LAYNE PARK
120 North Huntington Street
San Fernando, CA 91340
Phone: 818-898-1290

LOPEZ ADOBE
1100 Pico Street, San Fernando, CA 91340