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Ep. 86- Viva Mariachi! Interview: Ramon Rivera

January 23, 2023 Eric Jimenez & Justin McLean Episode 86
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Ep. 86- Viva Mariachi! Interview: Ramon Rivera
Show Notes

In this week's episode, Eric and Justin get a chance to interview Mr. Ramon Rivera, Director of Mariachi in The Mt Vernon School District. You don't want to miss this episode as Mr. Rivera passionately lays out the need and power of developing a quality mariachi program. It is a great episode to inspire and give resources to those looking to spark something new in their communities with a vibrant mariachi program. Tune in and check out this week's episode. Enjoy and share!!!

In Rotation:
Eric- Santiago Soul - "Perdamos El Control"
Justin- Bluey
Ramon- Mariachi Sol De Mexico- " Sones y Huapangos"

Connect with Ramon: Instagram, Twitter, Website
Ramon's Free Resources!

Ramon Rivera began teaching Mariachi while he attended California State University Northridge in the late 90s.  He started with one afterschool program at Oxnard Union High School District that grew to 3 high school programs in less than 3 years.  Developing a style and approach that prioritized student connection, innovation, and adaptation.  He led these programs to incredible heights including national recognition as one of the fastest-growing programs in the state. In the summer of 2005, Mr. Rivera was recruited by Wenatchee School District to lead an already established Mariachi program. Although the decision to leave his home state was tough he was excited about the possibilities.  In the 17 years with Wenatchee, he tripled the program and established a strong middle school Mariachi program as well as providing students with unique and impactful experiences such as trips to colleges and universities, performances with artists such as Garth Brooks, and interactions with leaders like Dolores Huerta. In 2020 Mr. Rivera took his 20+ years of experience to Mount Vernon School District and although the pandemic changed many aspects of teaching for Mr. Rivera it did not change the importance of connecting with students.  Mr. Rivera's ability to adapt and innovate continues to contribute to his many successes and recognitions. It has also provided him with opportunities to serve as a clinician helping other school districts establish their own programs. 

II List personal honors and awards (excluding students’ achievements)

  •  2003 El Concilio de Condado de Ventura Latino Leadership Award for Cultural Arts  
  •  2003 Mexican American Political Forum of Ventura County Diego de
  •             Barboza Musical Excellence
  •  2009   Numerica Credit Union School Champion Award 
  •  2009   Human and Civil Rights Award from the Washington Education Association 
  •  2012   Olympic Torch Bearer World Harmony Award 
  •  2012   Outstanding Latino Educators Fiesta Mexicana of We
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Music Credits:
Intro: Justin McLean
In Rotation & Outro: Ben Bohorquez - @jamin_music