School Shows

Mariachi Barragan

Grades 2-8

Just in time for Día de los Muertos, explore the vibrant culture of Mexico with local favorite Mariachi Barragan. Mariachi dates back to 18th century Latin America, having evolved into the distinctive style we know today. Share the history of this musical genre with your students and instill a greater appreciation for Latino culture.

Education Programs on sale August 7, 2019 starting at 9:00am.

Set the Stage

Prepare your students for their trip to the theater with these free resource materials. (Coming soon!)

  • Artist’s Study Guide
  • Talking Points for Classroom Discussion
  • Classroom Activity

Common Core Content Standards

Easily apply these content standards in your classroom:

  • 3.SL.3: Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
  • 5.RL.7: Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
  • 7.RI.7: Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).

Lesson Plan Idea

Students research instruments played by Mariachi bands and identify each instrument’s history, how each works to make sound, and other genres of music that use them. Students will then create their own instruments from household objects!

Art Talks: Free Guided Tours of the Sculpture Garden

Extend your field trip by touring our Sculpture Garden with a specially trained docent! Our current exhibition, Harmonies: Kati Casida, Catherine Daley, and Jann Nunn, features three highly acclaimed Bay Area sculptors. Join us with a group of up to 100 people for a a walking tour through these unique works. Tours begin 15 minutes after school shows and last approximately 20 minutes. Advanced registration is required. Sign up using the application available online or email Chrystie Prokopakis for more information.

Or take a self-guided tour using this map.


  • To contact us, email Chrystie Prokopakis, School & Family Coordinator, or call 707.800.7504.
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