ADULT EDUCATION

SPRING 2024 COURSES

NOW OPEN!

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.

See our Instructor Bios Here

Any questions? Email [email protected]

Your spot in a class is not guaranteed until we receive tuition payment. Due to the popularity of certain courses, tuition is due at time of registration, unless arrangements have been made. You are welcome to pay online, call the office to make a payment over the phone, or mail/bring a check to the office at 5500 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM 87110.

If mailing or bringing a check please email [email protected] so we can secure your spot.

To get on a waitlist, please email [email protected].

The power of music

COURSE OFFERINGS

SPRING 2024

Sight Singing & Ear Training

(FULL: WAITLIST ONLY AS OF 2/1/24)

Instructor: Diane Richardson

Location: NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE

Tuesdays: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

6 weeks: February 6 – March 12

$95 general | $80 NMJW members*

*does not include the two required books (listed in the course description)

This workshop will focus on the specific skills used in fluent music sight reading and aural recognition of musical basics such as intervals, scales and chord qualities. These skills can be used for learning music efficiently, improved singing/playing and general musicianship. Vocalists and instrumentalists can both benefit from this course.

Required texts for Sight Singing & Ear Training Class:

  • Jenson Sight Singing Course Vol. 1 (Student Edition) $6.99 available at Musicality after January 15*
  • Get America Singing Again (Singers’ Edition) $6.99 available at Musicality after January 15*

*Musicality is located at: 6201 Pan American, West Freeway NE Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Diane Richardson holds a DMA from USC, an MM from the Boston Conservatory, and a BM from Berklee College of Music. Her recordings and performances include A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln; Berklee Sun Ra Arkestra; SingusMingus: A Jazz Lieder Program, The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington, and African American Spirituals and Arts Songs. Diane Richardson is recently retired from her position of Assistant Chair/Professor, Voice Department, at Berklee College of Music.

Big Band Jazz (FULL SLOTS: BASS, GUITAR, DRUMS, TROMBONE, KEYS)

Instructor: Henry Estrada

Location: NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE

Wednesdays: 6:00 – 7:30pm

10 Weeks: February 7-April 10

$140 general | $125 NMJW members

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 at the Dirty Bourbon!

Proficient music reading skills required and an audition may be required for certain chairs.

Trumpeter Henry Estrada was band director at Los Lunas High School for over 30 years and is a member of the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra. He was named Outstanding Music Educator by the National Federation of State High School Music Educators Association and was inducted into the New Mexico Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.

Jazz Improvisation

Instructor: Micky Patten

Location: NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE

Mondays: 6:00 – 7:30pm

6 Weeks: March 18-April 22

$95 general | $80 NMJW members

Perfect for beginners & anyone wanting to strengthen their fundamentals, this course covers all the improvising basics. Students will learn how to solo using fundamental tenets of rhythm, harmony, & dynamics. Other topics covered will include range, timbre, contour, texture, intervals, accents & rests.

Micky Patten has a degree in music from the University of Minnesota and did graduate work in Jazz Studies at Oakland University. He is a working bassist and was owner of Grandma’s Music and Sound for over thirty years.

Blues Guitar (FULL: WAITLIST ONLY AS OF 1/24/24)

Instructor: Dan Dowling

Location: NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE

Tuesdays: 6:00 – 7:30pm

6 Weeks: March 26-April 30

$95 general | $80 NMJW members

This six-week course will explore a variety of blues guitar styles such as 12/8 blues, Minor blues, Chicago Riff blues, jazz blues, Boogie Woogie blues and more. Both fingerstyle and pickstyle playing will be explored. Scales, chords, and major blues artist transcriptions will also be covered. All levels welcome.

Dan Dowling is a local guitar player who worked in Nashville for ten years from 1993 to 2003. Since his return to Albuquerque, he has been teaching and performing throughout New Mexico. He has played with Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, Mary Wells, The Platters, The Crystals, The Shangri-Las, Patti Page, Cadillac Bob, Alma, and many others.

Continuing Jazz Guitar (FULL: WAITLIST ONLY AS OF 1/19/24)

Instructor: Michael Anthony

Location: NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE

Mondays: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

6 Weeks: February 5 – March 11

$95 general | $80 NMJW members

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.

Michael Anthony is a musician’s musician. Throughout the sixties and seventies, he built his reputation and his chops as a professional studio musician. Today, Michael applies his experience as a musician in the realm of education, teaching guitar workshops and master classes.

Contemporary Vocal Technique (FULL: WAITLIST ONLY AS OF 1/16/24)

Instructor: Diane Richardson

Location: NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE

Thursdays: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

6 weeks: March 28-May 9 (no class April 18)

$120 general | $110 NMJW members

There is no single correct way to speak or sing. Contemporary Vocal Technique is not about competition, but about acquiring knowledge and understanding of how your voice works. Improve your singing and confidence. Learn to identify and balance vocal registers. Support your own vocal health by learning techniques to protect your voice from misuse and overuse. Join an ensemble designed to address the basic elements of vocal technique: breath management, intonation, tone quality, and phrasing. You sing best when your sound feels easy to produce.

Diane Richardson holds a DMA from USC, an MM from the Boston Conservatory, and a BM from Berklee College of Music. Her recordings and performances include A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln; Berklee Sun Ra Arkestra; SingusMingus: A Jazz Lieder Program, The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington, and African American Spirituals and Arts Songs. Diane Richardson is recently retired from her position of Assistant Chair/Professor, Voice Department, at Berklee College of Music.

Jazz Singing (FULL: WAITLIST ONLY AS OF 1/2/24)

Instructor: Patty Stephens

Location: NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE

Thursdays: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

8 weeks: February 1-March 21

$185 general | $170 NMJW members

Students will 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.

Patty Stephens teaches voice from her private studio as well as being a faculty member at NMJW. She teaches music classes to pre-schoolers and has developed a wonderful program of community music-making for families with infants and toddlers. Patty is lead singer in Bert Dalton’s award winning band, “The Brazil Project”.

Real Book Jam

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

$5.00 drop-in fee

Jam Coordinator: Lisa Nichols

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

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