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After living in Europe and Asia, Patricia Deridder settled in the United States where she eventually opened Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson.

Tucson's Japanese Gardens is a "Dream Come True."

The transcontinental journey behind the gardens' founder and director.

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UA Gets Another $20M Gift, This Time for Music School

Couple contribute in honor of Fred Fox, music teacher and French horn player.

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AZ House Dems: Need Special Session to Allocate Extra Ed Funds

Request to Brewer comes after court ruling ordering state to pay schools $317M.

Two Tucson Schools Get $465K For Arabic Language Studies

Grant will expand program, hire new teachers in the next five years.

In this historic photo, Up with People members meet former President Dwight Eisenhower. Such materials will be part of the group's donation to the UA Library Special Collections.

Up With People Comes Back to Tucson

Once based in Old Pueblo, group returns for performance, archive donation

UA Music School Brings Lessons to Young Tucsonans

Outreach program allows undergraduates to teach younger students

Julia Pernet (center), Director of the Tucson Guitar Society, and Tom Patterson (right), Director of Bolton Guitar Studies at UA, discuss each program and how the UA's guitar program is on its way to becoming the best in the world.

Conservatory Trains Next Generation of Guitarists

Popular university program draws classical guitar students from all over the world

Eduardo Minozzi Costa is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Arizona's guitar program. His accomplishments include numerous guitar competition awards, active leadership in the Tucson Guitar Society and a recent debut performance in New York's Carnegie Hall.

Up-and-Coming Classical Guitarist Makes International Impression

Guitarist blends passion and discipline to make beautiful music--and an auspicious start

The history of these organs followed the development of Tucson as well as the pipe organs being integrated into buildings designed to house them.

History Moment: Pipe Organs of Tucson

Musical instruments leave their mark in our community

Since it was founded in 1985, The Tucson Girls Chorus has been bringing together young ladies - from elementary to high school age - to explore the world of music together.

Singing Their Way to Success

In the Tucson Girls Chorus, young women learn it takes more than just talent to succeed, both in singing and in life

Tucson has come to be known as somewhat of a haven for the musical traditions of mariachi. And of course the international mariachi conference is well known, and attracts hundreds of people musicians and educators each year. But theres another Tucson tradition that has steadily been fostering the future generations of budding musicians for a few weeks each summer. Its a summer camp devoted to mariachi music, where the kids get daily training on their instrument of choice. Alfredo Valenzuela began the summer camp more than a decade ago. and hes taught music for more than 40 years, during which time hes mentored thousands of students. He says the award winning mariachi program here at Davis Bilingual magnet school began when he approached the principal about expanding the music program.

Mariachi Camp Makes Its Mark

Musical education program brings the mariachi tradition to Tucson youth

For many kids, playing in a school band is an important rite of passage. But, kids who are more interested in playing in a rock band after school often have to learn the ropes on their own. Next, Mark McLemore visits a music studio right across the street from Tucson High where kids can get an education in rock and roll - The Schoolhouse of Rock.

The Schoolhouse of Rock

Visit a place where young musicians and songwriters can get an education in the two R's: Rock & Roll!

Alex Garcia, Young Composer

Hear how this 16-year-old's music about the January 8th tragedy received its debut performance from The Tucson Symphony.

Through its 29 years of existence, the Tucson International Mariachi Conference has become nationally and internationally recognized as the leading proponent of the mariachi tradition anywhere in the world. Luis CarriĆ³n has the story on how this local event is helping to cultivate the next generation of accomplished musicians.

Mariachi Conference Cultivates Next Generation of Musicians

Tucson's annual event continues to gain fans, young and... not so young

Kimberly Craft interviews guitarist Gabriel Ayala about his heritage and his involvement in a charity concert.

Classical for a Cause

Classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala is making music to finance Native education

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