Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy

Classes at Los Cenzontles provide students with a rich cultural arts foundation that develop skills, confidence, and creativity in young people, while contributing to living Mexican American cultural art forms. Students engage in rigorous, fun, hands-on learning in traditional music, dance, folk arts and crafts, taught by master artists!

A STUDENT’S JOURNEY

The only requirement to learn at Los Cenzontles Academy is readiness to learn. Many of our students join us between four to seven years old and often continue until they reach adulthood. Our student body is diverse, including first, second and third generation Mexican Americans, mixed race and ethnicities, and non Latinos. Through learning arts skills they gain confidence, perseverance, self-awareness, and collaborative skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

Students start by learning the fundamentals of an art practice and progress to more advanced classes as well as a wider range of styles.

AVAILABLE CLASSES

Music & Dance (Ages 7+)

    • Beginning Guitar
    • Group Guitar / Guitarra
    • Beginning Violin
    • Beginning Singing
    • Singing / Coro
    • Dance/Jalisco Zapateado
    • Dance/Jarocho Zapateado

Artesania (Ages 7+)

    • Arts & Crafts /Artesania
    • Jewelry / Joyeria

Please note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required to join our academy.

For the most accurate information on classes, schedules and how to register, please contact Fabiola Trujillo at fabiola@loscenzontles.com or 510-233-8015.

Testimonials

Academy Testimonials

"Los Cenzontles is a factory of culture."

National Public Radio, Morning Edition

"Best After-School Program."

East Bay Express

"Los Cenzontles is the best community-based arts program I have ever seen."

Linda Ronstadt

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer

"Our friends at Los Cenzontles have not only helped our daughter Sophia develop her talent as a dancer. They’ve also nurtured in her such a beautiful connection to her Mexican roots. Los Cenzontles is a priceless resource for our youth and the community as a whole."

Heidi Lopez

Mother of Sophia, age 9

"Los Cenzontles is a sanctuary for people of all ages and nationalities, and encompasses the rich Mexican culture through music and dance, which in essence, feeds the soul."

Lola

Los Cenzontles Alumni

Musical Styles We Teach

Los Cenzontles continues the cultural legacies of master artists with whom they have learned and teaches the musical styles to new generations. These include the son jarocho, mariachi tradicional, purépecha styles and more. Beginning with movement, rhythm, strings and vocals, students will have the opportunity to learn regional instruments such as jarana, vihuela, violin, and hand percussion.

Son Jarocho

Son Abajeño de Jalisco

Son Abajeño de Michoacan y Pirekuas

Cancion Ranchera

Corridos

Polkas and Valses

Cumbia

Huapango

CLASS FEES

Los Cenzontles is proud to say that ALL class fees are significantly subsidized. This is a result of funding from foundations as well as donations from individuals like you.

Group Classes 10-week sessions

  • First group class: $75
  • Second group class: $50 ($125 total)
  • Additional classes: $25 per class

Private Lessons are 30-minutes

  • $20 per lesson, and $100 deposit

For any questions on our academy program, please contact Fabiola Trujillo at fabiola@loscenzontles.com or 510-233-8015.

Los Cenzontles Juvenil

Listen to our student recording of La Manta, a son jarocho of Veracruz, Mexico. La Manta