ADULT EDUCATION

winter/spring 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.

 

Find our Instructor Bios Here

Any questions? Email maud@nmjazz.org

 

SOME winter/spring, 2022 CLASSES HAVE BEEN MOVED ON-LINE DUE TO RECENT MASK MANDATES. PLEASE CHECK INDIVIDUAL CLASSES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

We're following some COVID-safe practices.
PLEASE READ:
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 maud@nmjazz.org  at the time of registration for an Adult Ed class. Please include which class you are registering for when emailing your vaccination card.

 

contemporary vocal technique

Instructor: diane richardson

ON-LINE via ZOOM

6 weeks: February 3-March 10

Thursdays: 6:00-8:00 PM

General-$110/NMJW Members-$110

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. This class is being offered ON-LINE via ZOOM.

 

Jazz Guitar*

Instructor: Michael Anthony

In person (5500 Lomas Blvd. NE)

6 weeks: February 21-March 28

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM

General-$95/NMJW Members-$80

 

 

 

This course 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 and ear training. For hands on experience, a portion of class time will be spent on jamming on the material learned in class. Questions in class are encouraged. Please bring an 'acoustic' guitar, a pad and pencil. For intermediate and advanced players.

*The health and safety of our students and instructors is our primary concern, therefore all students will be required to show proof of vaccination for this in-person class. Masks must be worn at all times in the NMJW facility.

Community Big Band*

Instructor: Henry Estrada

In person (5500 Lomas Blvd. NE)

10 weeks: March 8-May 11

Wednesdays: 6:00-7:30 PM

General-$140/NMJW Members-$125

 

 

 

Love big band jazz music? This is the class 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 in your final performance! Proficient music reading skills required and auditions may be required for certain chairs.

 

*We are really hoping to be able to offer this great class in person this semester! We are waiting to see how things unfold with COVID in order to make a determination. Please stay tuned!

Jazz improvisation*

Instructor: Micky Patten

In person (5500 Lomas Blvd. NE)

6 weeks: April 4-May 9

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM

General-$95/NMJW Members-$80

 

 

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. Micky is an active jazz musician in and around Albuquerque.

*We are really hoping to be able to offer this great class in person this semester! We are waiting to see how things unfold with COVID in order to make a determination. Please stay tuned!

Jazz singing

Instructor: Patty Stephens

ON-LINE via ZOOM

8 weeks: March 17-May 5

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM

General-$155/NMJW Members-$145

 

 

This class will explore the basic elements of singing a song; tempo, groove, style, form and arrangement.  We’ll work on strengthening the voice and polishing your performance.  We will choose songs from the jazz standard repertoire and be accompanied by a professional musician in our recital.  This class is open to singers of all levels and is guaranteed to be a fun and enriching experience.  This class is being offered ON-LINE via ZOOM.

LATIN JAZZ & IMPROVISATION*

In person (5500 Lomas Blvd. NE)

10 weeks: March 8-May 10

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM

General-$130/NMJW Members-$120

 

This popular class gives a comprehensive first hand understanding of the main ingredients of Latin Jazz rhythms and genres such as bossa nova, salsa and samba.  Materials for the class range from compositions of traditional well-known Latin Jazz artists to lesser known contemporary composers and musicians.  A portion of class time is devoted to music theory and improvisation techniques. Intermediate level encouraged.

*We are really hoping to be able to offer this great class in person this semester! We are waiting to see how things unfold with COVID in order to make a determination. Please stay tuned!

Due to the masking order from the State of New Mexico, the Jazz Workshop WILL NOT be hosting Saturday Jams until further notice.
Thank you from the NMJW staff.

Real Book Jam--postponed

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