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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Students from across the nation are gathering at Casino Del Sol for the 32nd Annual Tucson International Maria chi Conference.  Music may take the center stage at the conference, but this year organizers are adding something more to the four day event.

It is the first year the mariachi conference is offering advising on college for the hundreds of students attending the conference.  Studies show that many students with a music background go on to pursue jobs in the medical field.

Recent numbers show that 62 % of music majors get accepted into medical school. Organizers at the conference wanted to take this opportunity to help students understand all the opportunities available.

The University of Arizona's College of Medicine outreach program showed up to offer advice.  Patsy Kline, UA's child psychology program coordinator says, "So this year we created what we call higher education avenue we had Pima College. I had the college of medicine early outreach and I also had the school of hydra logy from the U of A here and students came to took advantage."

Students just like Sandra Mungaray.  Sandra is a senior at Tucson High and plays with the group Mariachi Ariztlan at her school. She says, "It's a learning experience and your always improving. I think when you go into the medical field it's basically the same thing. You cant just be a doctor, you have to keep learning, keep improving yourself through other people."

Alberto Ranjel is Sandra's mariachi teacher and sees how music plays a major role to a brighter future for many of his students. Ranjel says, "Once they really got into mariachi music and the discipline that is involved from the actually art form itself, they have really started to develop not only their music skills but also their time management skills, their study skills."

Kline hopes to add more colleges to come out to the conference in the future.  Students are sharing the stage with Grammy award winning mariachi bands Friday. Saturday is the last day and when the world renounced 'Fiesta de Garibaldi' has an all day performance and dance.

Tickets are still available. For more information click here.

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