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 working remotely these days, we are asking everyone to please register online.


Find our Instructor Bios Here

Any questions? Email

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

In-person Real Book Jams are back!
Come and play some music with us and bring your Real Book!
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. If you have not been vaccinated, please contact the NM Dept of Health in order to arrange a vaccine. There will be a process for requesting exemptions on medical and non-medical grounds. We appreciate your cooperation.
All participants must submit a photo/scan of their vaccination record to by Friday at 4pm for the following day's Saturday jam.

Techniques in Reharmonization

Instructor: Michael Anthony


6 Weeks: June 7-July 12

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM

Members/$80; General/$95

Alternate harmonies and reharmonization perk up and energize a melody. In this course, we will study the basic principles and tools of this aspect of music and present practical examples every week so that students can add this fun and interesting device to ‘their’ music.

Intro to Jazz Guitar-How to Play What You Hear

Instructor: John Maestas


6 Weeks: June 10-July 15

Thursdays, 6:00–7:30 PM (MT)

Members/$80; General/$95

One of the most fulfilling experiences for a musician is the act of creating something new and spontaneous in the moment. For many people, the idea of playing a "solo" or improvising something out of thin air is not only a mystery but also intimidating. This guitar course is designed to give you the musical and mental tools that are central to making quick decisions and help to demystify the improvisational process. The material in this course will be geared towards guitarists who have little or no experience playing Jazz or improvisation. Specifically we will touch on chord/scale relationships, arpeggios, transcribing music by ear, weekly featured guitarist playlists, rhythm & exercises to build steady internal time, and tools on how to quickly decode harmony in motion.