Mariachi Music

History of Mariachi

Back round of Mariachi Music


a. What is the name of your music? (Is there any significance to the name?)

  • Mariachi can also mean “mariage”, meaning wedding or marriage. The name was made In the 1900s.

  1. Where is at played, listened and or danced to most commonly.

  • Mariachi is played mainly is spanish countries or just spanish scenes in general. It’s most commonly danced to celebrate. Often played at parties or get togethers.

  1. Who are the people associated with this type of music

Spanish people, or people that enjoy dancing. The french may also be associated with this type of music because the music was created by the french.


  1. What is the origin of the music?

Mariachi originated began to be celebrated in the Mexican State of Jalisco, Legend goes on to specify that it came from the city of Tecalitlán. Started and created by french in the 1900s. The first Mariachi Mass was the concept of a Canadian priest, Father Juan Marco Leclerc, and has been celebrated in Cuernavaca since 1966.

  1. What are the musical influences of the music?

This music resembles a good time and celebrations when it is performed or just done for fun.

Time and Place

Every Wednesday in Salisbury High School at 3:00 p.m



Characteristics, the music today, and connections to dance


a. What are the major characteristics of the music?

Dancing, fun, get together, and celebration.

  1. What are the main instruments, vocals or arrangements?

  • Violins, trumpets, and other types of rhythm instruments, the guitar, and there is no lead singer. Chorus is performed by everyone attending the celebration.

  1. What social, cultural events or traditions is the music associated with?

  • Mariachis celebrated by Mexicans are involved with the serenade. the Mariachi participates in the rite of courtship. In a society where the young members of opposite sexes were kept apart, the serenata was a means of communication by which a young man could s end a message of love to the woman of his heart. The Mariachi is usually positioned strategically on the street beneath the window of the festejada, but the sound of its music echoes through the whole neighborhood. Mariachis are also commonly hired for baptisms, weddings, patriotic holidays, and even funerals. It is not unusual for the deceased to leave a list of favorite songs to be sung beside the grave at burial.

Mariachi music has been incorporated into the Roman Catholic Church's most sacred ritual: the Mass.

d. Are there special costumes associated with the music?

  • nice tailored black suit and vests, extravagantly trimmed with embroidery and silver buttons; worn with a soft tie, revolver and wide brimmed sombrero

e. Who are some of the most famous artists associated with the music?

Vicente Fernández, José Alfredo Jiménez, Pedro Infante, Aida Cuevas, and Rocío Dúrcal were important to the history of Mariachi music.


a. What dances if any are associated with this music?

  • A dance that goes with Mariachi music is the dance called Zapateado.

  1. What are the characteristics of the dance? (Describe or Demonstrate)
  2. When dancing the zapateado the performers skillfully drive the heels of their boots or shoes into the dance-floor, pounding out swift, often syncopated rhythms which complement the different rhythm of the musical instruments. The zapateado can literally reduce even the most resistant dance floor to splinters because of the force with which it is danced.


a. Who, what and where is the music associated with today?

Most popular with the French and the Spanish, but can be celebrated by anyone. Music is associated with parties and gatherings.

b. What is the projected future of this music?

This music is projected to be a long living peacemaker and celebration for people all around the world.