NMJW offers classes for adults of all ages and skill levels. Our long-running classes offer adults a chance to revisit their passion for music in a supportive setting. With classes ranging from Big Band to Jazz Improvisation to voice studies and beyond, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Since we run on limited hours in the office, we are asking everyone to please register online.


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Any questions? Email [email protected]



We're following some COVID-safe practices.




The health and safety of our students and instructors is our primary concern, therefore all students and instructors will be required to show proof of vaccination. We will not be able to include students who have not been vaccinated due to the nature of creating music, often with singing and horn blowing, both of which could possibly put other students and instructors at risk. We appreciate your cooperation.


All participants must submit a photo/scan of their vaccination record to [email protected]  at the time of registration for an Adult Ed class. Please include which class you are registering for when emailing your vaccination card.



Instructor: Micky Patten

NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 pm

6 Weeks: April 3-May 8



Our Improv class is about developing your sound, relaxing and playing with others. We’ll address topics like harmony, rhythm and form and you'll immediately apply them by playing with a rhythm section.

JAZZ GUITAR (Course is full for Spring 2023!)

Instructor: Michael Anthony

NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM

6 weeks: February 20-March 27



This class explores the art, challenges, and the fun of improvising jazz on the guitar. It includes learning tunes and related scales, arpeggios, chord forms and comping. Students will also study phrasing examples, which express the language of jazz as well as techniques to facilitate these ideas along with ear training. For hands-on experience, a portion of class time will be spent jamming on material learned in class. Please bring an acoustic guitar if possible (or electric with a small amplifier), a note pad and pencil. 

COMMUNITY JAZZ BAND (Bari sax and trombone seat still open for Spring 2023!)

(formerly Community Big Band)

Instructor: Henry Estrada

NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE

Wednesdays, 5:45-7:15 PM

10 weeks: February 8-April 12



Love big band jazz music? This class is for you!  From playing a variety of great tunes to navigating your way through chord changes and solo sections, this class will have you wailing at the final performance!

Proficient music reading skills required.





Instructor: Patty Stephens

NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm

8 weeks: February 9-March 30





We’ll spend eight weeks exploring the art of Jazz Singing, song form, vocal technique, dynamics and presentation. These sessions will help you as a singer to make music with other musicians. The class culminates on the eighth session in a recital with a pianist. All levels of singers are welcome to join in this fun, safe class.



Instructor: Ricky Carrido

NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm

8 Weeks: February 7-March 28





This popular class focuses on hand exercises & techniques for comfortably playing of rhythms and  poly-rhythms from Cuba, Puerto Rico & Brazil. Study handouts, some drums & other percussion instruments will be provided. Conga drum required.


Instructor: Diane Richardson

NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm

6 Weeks: April 6-May 11



Improve your skills and confidence level as a jazz vocalist! Join an ensemble for vocalists designed to address the basic elements of vocal technique: breath management, intonation, tone quality, and phrasing. Learn to identify and balance vocal registers and improve vocal resonance and flexibility. Support your own vocal health by learning techniques to protect your voice from misuse and overuse.

Real Book Jam

Jam Coordinator: Lisa Nichols

In person (at NMJW, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE)

Saturdays: 10:30 am-noon and noon-1:30 pm (two sessions)

$5.00 drop-in fee


All participants must submit a photo/scan of their vaccination record to [email protected] by 4:00 pm the Thursday before the jam session.


Class payments will be refunded in-full minus a 10% admin fee before the first class, no refunds given after a class starts.