fall 2022

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


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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  at the time of registration for an Adult Ed class. Please include which class you are registering for when emailing your vaccination card.



Instructor: Michael Anthony

NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM

6 weeks: September 12 – October 17



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.





Instructor: Henry Estrada

NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE

Wednesdays, 5:45-7:15 PM

10 weeks: September 14 – November 16



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: September 15 – November 3





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

Tuesday, 6:00-7:30 pm

6 Weeks: September 27-November 1





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. Designed for beginners & new players!


Instructor: Micky Patten

NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 pm

6 Weeks: October 24 – November 28




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.

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 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.