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Learn to play a musical instrument, or expand your current musical skills in our fun classes. We offer guitar classes, along with other instruments such as harp, dulcimer and piano. All skill levels are welcome. You can also work on your voice skills by joining our singing and choir classes in both jazz and traditional styles. Give yourself the gift of music that will last a lifetime.

Music - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Join us and explore the positive role of singing in our lives and overcome the obstacles that deprive many of us of that joy. Learn exercises to develop vocal control and hlep you hold your own harmonies. Get silly, dance around, make weird faces and break taboos. This class is for everyone, no experience necessary.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section WIA‐PE

12793
$95
1/20/18 - 3/10/18
Sat 4:00 PM ‐ 5:30 PM
Cathleen Wilder
Apple Mountain Music

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This fascinating instrument has a captivating voice and is mesmerizing to watch being played! From the Near East to Western Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean to the American Colonies, the Hammered Dulcimer has a long history encompassing many music traditions. Trapezoidal in shape with many strings running across the soundboard, this forerunner of the piano is played by striking strings with small hammers. This class will cover how the notes are laid out, with a hands‐on approach to begin playing tunes. Loaner instruments will be available during class. No previous musical experience is required. The class text is ''You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer'' by Mel Bay available for purchase at Apple Mountain Music.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section WIA‐PE

12760
$85
1/22/18 - 2/12/18
Mon 7:00 PM ‐ 8:30 PM
Scott Reeder
Apple Mountain Music

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The University Chorus is a large, non‐auditioned choir that sings a major choral‐orchestral piece each semester. This semester we will practice and preform a new repertoire to be announced at a later date. Performance on May 5, First Presbyterian Church.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Section WIA‐PE

12798
$65
1/22/18 - 5/7/18
Mon 7:30 PM ‐ 9:30 PM
Juan Hernandez
UNM Main Campus

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This is a course for the beginning guitarist. Its objective is to get the students playing quickly, by emphasizing chords and right‐hand strumming and figure picking patterns. The basic fundamentals of music, including note reading, rhythm, and harmonic structure will also be covered. Careful attention is given to proper playing technique. The students must bring a playable acoustic guitar to every class meeting. Note: A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at first class meeting to cover text and teaching materials.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section WIA‐PE

12753
$105
1/23/18 - 3/13/18
Tue 5:00 PM ‐ 6:30 PM
Carlos Vinajeras
Garfield Middle School

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The class will be centered on the rhythm guitar an its role in Rock and Roll, folk, Country and Pop genres. We will be building on the Chord vocabulary learned from the previous class and there will be some note reading, but the class will mostly focus on learning the strum patterns and chords for any song that would be available from multiple sources such as from Songbooks, Lead Sheets, online tabs and chords. The class will be using the Hal Leonard Guitar Method I book, but students are encouraged to learn their favorite songs. All types of guitars and genres are accepted in this class. Taking Guitar Beginning I is not required, but knowledge of chords (at least in the keys of C and G) and some note reading skills are required. Note: A Materials Fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class session.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section WIA‐PE

12754
$105
1/23/18 - 3/13/18
Tue 6:30 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Carlos Vinajeras
Garfield Middle School

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Play is the work of children! In this class children and grownups play together to explore and experience music through singing, rhythmic, and movement activities. Playful music making in community with other children of all abilities and developmental stages creates a safe and fun space for children and adults to explore and develop their musical selves.

Section WIA‐PE

12721
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 9:45 AM
Robin Giebelhausen
UNM Center for the Arts

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Play is the work of children! In this class children and grownups play together to explore and experience music through singing, rhythmic, and movement activities. Playful music making in community with other children of all abilities and developmental stages creates a safe and fun space for children and adults to explore and develop their musical selves.

Section WIB‐PE

12721
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 10:00 AM ‐ 10:45 AM
Robin Giebelhausen
UNM Center for the Arts

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This ukulele group is an opportunity for folks to learn ukulele, sing with a group and have a relaxed time making music with like‐minded souls. This class is open to all ukulele players, beginners and beyond. We learn with tab and chord charts, rather than notation.

Section WIA‐PE

12722
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 5:30 PM ‐ 6:30 PM
Robin Giebelhausen
UNM Center for the Arts

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In Marimba Band, we play a varied repertoire of music. Songs come from movies, pop culture, classical pieces, folk songs, rock songs and traditional Mexican songs. There is no need for students to purchase mallets for this class; mallets will be available. Marimba Band is taught by the rote method, common in traditional Mexican marimba music. Students will memorize short sections of the song and gradually increase the length of the sections until the song is done. Students can practice at home on a piano or keyboard as they have the exact same notes as the marimbas.

Section WIA‐PE

12724
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 11:00 AM ‐ 11:45 AM
Mike Anaya
UNM Center for the Arts

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Play is the work of children! In this class children and grownups play together to explore and experience music through singing, rhythmic, and movement activities. Playful music making in community with other children of all abilities and developmental stages creates a safe and fun space for children and adults to explore and develop their musical selves.

Section WIA‐PE

12725
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 9:45 AM
Jennifer Warren
UNM Center for the Arts

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Play is the work of children! In this class children and grownups play together to explore and experience music through singing, rhythmic, and movement activities. Playful music making in community with other children of all abilities and developmental stages creates a safe and fun space for children and adults to explore and develop their musical selves.

Section WIB‐PE

12725
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 10:00 AM ‐ 10:45 AM
Jennifer Warren
UNM Center for the Arts

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Play is the work of children! In this class children and grownups play together to explore and experience music through singing, rhythmic, and movement activities. Playful music making in community with other children of all abilities and developmental stages creates a safe and fun space for children and adults to explore and develop their musical selves.

Section WIA‐PE

12726
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 8:00 AM ‐ 8:45 AM
Jennifer Warren
UNM Center for the Arts

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Play is the work of children! In this class children and grownups play together to explore and experience music through singing, rhythmic, and movement activities. Playful music making in community with other children of all abilities and developmental stages creates a safe and fun space for children and adults to explore and develop their musical selves.

Section WIB‐PE

12726
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 11:00 AM ‐ 11:45 AM
Jennifer Warren
UNM Center for the Arts

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Around the World with Music emphasizes a variety of multicultural music. Children and their adults sing song, play music games, learn dances and play instruments representing many countries, cultures and languages.

Section WIA‐PE

12727
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 9:45 AM
Alyssa Anaya
UNM Center for the Arts

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Musical Mosaic exposes children and adults to a colorful array of musical experiences, incorporating various modalities to appeal to a variety of early childhood learning styles. This class emphasizes stories, poems, games and crafts as vehicles for experiencing songs, instruments, dance, listening and rhythmic adventures.

Section WIA‐PE

12728
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 10:00 AM ‐ 10:45 AM
Holly Deuel Gilster
UNM Center for the Arts

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Musical Mosaic exposes children and adults to a colorful array of musical experiences, incorporating various modalities to appeal to a variety of early childhood learning styles. This class emphasizes stories, poems, games and crafts as vehicles for experiencing songs, instruments, dance, listening and rhythmic adventures.

Section WIB‐PE

12728
$175
1/27/18 - 5/5/18
Sat 11:00 AM ‐ 11:45 AM
Holly Deuel Gilster
UNM Center for the Arts

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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.

Note: Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section WIA‐PE

12744
$165
2/1/18 - 3/22/18
Thu 6:30 PM ‐ 8:30 PM
Patty Stephens
New Mexico Jazz Workshop

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

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section WIA‐PE

12747
$90
2/5/18 - 3/12/18
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Mickey Patten
New Mexico Jazz Workshop

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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.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section WIA‐PE

12742
$100
2/6/18 - 3/27/18
Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Rodlfo Gonzalez
New Mexico Jazz Workshop

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This popular class explores the art of jazz ensemble playing. With the help of veteran ensemble leader Lewis Winn, students choose repertoire, tailoring each arrangement so each individual can shine. Participants will develop their improvisation techniques, leadership skills, and group sound as well as improve their overall understanding of the jazz ensemble setting, as they prepare for a performance at the end of the course.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section WIA‐PE

12743
$100
2/6/18 - 3/27/18
Tue 7:45 PM ‐ 9:15 PM
Lewis Winn
New Mexico Jazz Workshop

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Join us and the fundaments of Argentine Tango. Each class will have a warmup with the basic walking steps followed by a demonstration of proper technique. At the end of each class, a video recap will be offered for those students who wish to videotape the wrap‐up.

Section WIA‐PE

12772
$65
2/6/18 - 3/13/18
Tue 8:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
To be Announced
Lloyd Shaw Studio

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Community Big Band provides the supportive environment and quality instruction needed to successfully negotiate big band arrangements. From sight reading 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.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section WIA‐PE

12740
$140
2/7/18 - 4/11/18
Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Henry Estrada
New Mexico Jazz Workshop

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This instrument is widely used in the American old‐time music tradition. Its origins are traced back to the early 1800's from the Scots‐Irish in the southern Appalachian Mountains. In this class you will learn to play tunes in the DAD tuning. While some music theory will be covered, you don't need any previous musical experience to be successful. Loaner instruments are available during class time. Required text: First Lessons Dulcimer by Joyce Ochs, available at Apple Mountain Music or eBook online at http://www.melbay.com or at Apple Mountain Music.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section WIA‐PE

12759
$85
3/5/18 - 3/26/18
Mon 7:00 PM ‐ 8:30 PM
Irma Reeder
Apple Mountain Music

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Come and be captivated by this wonderful instrument! In this class, you will enjoy learning to play songs of various styles. Previous musical experinece is not required as basic music theory will be covered. It is not necessary to own a harp. You will have an opportunity to play a number of harps to experience the difference in size and tone. Required text: Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp, by Sylvia Woods, available for purchase at Apple Mountain Music at first class meeting. Come early to arrange for an instrument and to purchase text.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section WIA‐PE

12757
$85
4/9/18 - 4/16/18
Mon 7:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Irma Reeder
Apple Mountain Music

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UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Personal Enrichment Tuition Remission for Music Classes.

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