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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

Group guitar class for adults with little or no guitar experience. Brian Moore teaches private studio guitar and has taught group guitar classes at the Music Prep School for 25 years. He has a master's degree in Guitar Performance from UNM Instructor: Brian Moore NOTE: Required Book: Solo Guitar Playing Book 1, 4th ed., by Frederick M. Noad Also required for all guitar classes: Classical guitar with nylon strings, guitar foot stool, music stand. Public registration is through the UNM Music Prep School. Please visit the website at http://music.unm.edu/community/music‐prep‐school/ UNM Tuition Remission registration should be sent to CERegistration@unm.edu or fax to (505) 277‐1990.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

12755
$155
6/1/2019 - 7/27/2019
Sat 12:00 PM ‐ 12:45 PM
Julia Church‐Hoffman
UNM Center for the Arts

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This mixed age class is designed for families with one or more child under the age of 6. Through singing, rhythmic and movement activities, as well as some instrument exploration in a safe, fun, developmentally and musically appropriate space, families with young children playfully experience and explore music together. Instructor: Jennifer Warren Public registration is through the UNM Music Prep School. Please visit the website at http://music.unm.edu/community/music‐prep‐school/ UNM Tuition Remission registration should be sent to CERegistration@unm.edu or fax to (505) 277‐1990.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUC‐PE

12726
$155
6/1/2019 - 7/27/2019
Sat 11:00 AM ‐ 11:45 AM
Julia Church‐Hoffman
UNM Center for the Arts

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This mixed age class is designed for families with one or more child under the age of 6. Through singing, rhythmic and movement activities, as well as some instrument exploration in a safe, fun, developmentally and musically appropriate space, families with young children playfully experience and explore music together. Instructor: Jennifer Warren Public registration is through the UNM Music Prep School. Please visit the website at http://music.unm.edu/community/music‐prep‐school/ UNM Tuition Remission registration should be sent to CERegistration@unm.edu or fax to (505) 277‐1990.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

12726
$155
6/1/2019 - 7/27/2019
Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 9:45 AM
Julia Church‐Hoffman
UNM Center for the Arts

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This mixed age class is designed for families with one or more child under the age of 6. Through singing, rhythmic and movement activities, as well as some instrument exploration in a safe, fun, developmentally and musically appropriate space, families with young children playfully experience and explore music together. Instructor: Jennifer Warren Public registration is through the UNM Music Prep School. Please visit the website at http://music.unm.edu/community/music‐prep‐school/ UNM Tuition Remission registration should be sent to CERegistration@unm.edu or fax to (505) 277‐1990.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUB‐PE

12726
$155
6/1/2019 - 7/27/2019
Sat 10:00 AM ‐ 10:45 AM
Julia Church‐Hoffman
UNM Center for the Arts

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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 $20 is payable to the instructor at first class meeting to cover text and teaching materials.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

12753
$110
6/3/2019 - 7/22/2019
Mon 5:00 PM ‐ 6:30 PM
Carlos Vinajeras
CE South Building

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Be in the spotlight and practice on stage for group and solo performances. Learn to take the lead and to support the group. Live, hour performance will conclude the course. Prerequisite: Guitar: Beginning I or ability to read guitar notation, chords and strum patterns. NOTE: A materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class session.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

12754
$110
6/3/2019 - 7/22/2019
Mon 6:30 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Carlos Vinajeras
CE North Building

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This course focuses on playing funk guitar in a band setting. Students will learn the chords, rhythms, riffs, and sounds used in a funk band as well as how to play in a rhythm section. At least one class will be spent talking about guitar gear and effects and how they can enhance your sound and the way you play. Trend setting funk bands from the past such as James Brown, Prince, the Isley Brothers, EW&F, Jimi Hendrix, and Michael Jackson will be looked at along with new artists such as Bruno Mars and Maroon 5. Funky jazz and instrumental tunes will also be covered. Bring an electric or acoustic guitar, a cord, and a small amp along with a notebook and pencil to take notes. Learning materials will be provided in class. Each Funk Guitar class will be followed by a jam session to give students an opportunity to play and use the ideas and concepts from class. A drummer and bass player will be available for each jam session. Sign up for both the class and jam session or just the class! Instructor: Jim Casey

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment. Class only option is CLASS ID: 87885

Section SUA‐PE

12745
$145
6/3/2019 - 7/8/2019
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM and Mon 7:45 PM ‐ 8:45 PM
Debbie Dobson
New Mexico Jazz Workshop

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This course focuses on playing funk guitar in a band setting. Students will learn the chords, rhythms, riffs, and sounds used in a funk band as well as how to play in a rhythm section. At least one class will be spent talking about guitar gear and effects and how they can enhance your sound and the way you play. Trend setting funk bands from the past such as James Brown, Prince, the Isley Brothers, EW&F, Jimi Hendrix, and Michael Jackson will be looked at along with new artists such as Bruno Mars and Maroon 5. Funky jazz and instrumental tunes will also be covered. Bring an electric or acoustic guitar, a cord, and a small amp along with a notebook and pencil to take notes. Learning materials will be provided in class. Each Funk Guitar class will be followed by a jam session to give students an opportunity to play and use the ideas and concepts from class. A drummer and bass player will be available for each jam session. Sign up for both the class and jam session or just the class! Instructor: Jim Casey

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment. Class + Jam option is CLASS ID: 87810

Section SUB‐PE

12745
$95
6/3/2019 - 7/8/2019
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Debbie Dobson
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. Instructor: Rodolfo Gonzalez

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

12742
$130
6/4/2019 - 8/6/2019
Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Debbie Dobson
New Mexico Jazz Workshop

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In this 6‐week course, students will learn the essential skills for any up and coming ukulele jam enthusiast, such as basic strumming, chords, finger picking and tuning. Class may also include unexpected song creation, solos and a whole lotta fun! You may bring your own instrument, or rent a ukulele from the Workshop for an additional $10. Instructor: John Bartlit

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SUA‐PE

12733
$95
6/4/2019 - 7/9/2019
Tue 7:45 PM ‐ 9:15 PM
Debbie Dobson
New Mexico Jazz Workshop

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This class will touch on many facets of what it means to sing the blues. While working on blues standards, students will learn some of the specific idioms and vocabulary that set the blues apart from other forms of music. This class will also explore how personal experiences and emotions can be integrated into singing to create music that comes from the soul. The course culminates with a recital on the last day of class. Instructor: Zenobia Conkerite

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SUA‐PE

12735
$130
6/5/2019 - 7/10/2019
Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Debbie Dobson
New Mexico Jazz Workshop

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Want to sing with more confidence and control? If you can carry a tune, join this vocals class to practice singing solo and as a group with a certified singing teacher. You'll pick up easy‐to‐learn vocal techniques combined with fun performance practice. You'll also work with professional music equipment. NOTE: A $25 materials fee for a CD and vocal instruction sheets will be collected at the first class.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SPB‐PE

12791
$105
6/6/2019 - 7/11/2019
Thu 7:00 PM ‐ 8:30 PM
Diana Segara
Segara Residence ‐ NE Area

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This 6‐week course, taught by some of New Mexico's most accomplished professionals, offers musicians a chance to explore some of the core questions and issues most musicians face: How do I get booked? How do I write a compelling bio? What legal and financial steps are advantageous for a sustainable career as a freelancer? How can I avoid sustaining injuries from practicing for many hours? Each class will have a different focus, lead by a notable professional including Adrian Gomez from the Albuquerque Journal, Tom Guralnick from the Outpost, and entertainment attorney Michael Sanchez. See New Mexico Jazz Workshop's website for full course description: www.nmjazz.org Various Instructors June 6: Outpost Executive Director, Tom Guralnick, discusses the presenter's perspective in conversation with NMJW's Markus Gottschlich. What works for venues like the New Mexico Jazz Workshop and The Outpost? How does an artist go about submitting their music and how can they increase their chances for possible bookings? What makes an artist/group marketable to a local and/or international audience? June 13: Charles Palmer, a CPA and treasurer of NMJW, will address the financial implications, pitfalls and opportunities of being an independent musician/freelancer. What steps can musicians take to ensure a favorable financial situation short‐term/long‐term? June 20: Adrian Gomez, arts journalist and editor at the Albuquerque Journal, will explore and help conquer specific communication issues. How does an artist write a compelling bio or press release in an increasingly DIY environment? How does a musician approach music journalists and what do they look for in an artist? June 27: Blissful Spirits: A holistic health professional from ABQ's Blissful Spirits demonstrates healthy practicing habits for musicians to avoid overuse syndrome injuries that could potentially be career‐ending. July 11: Attorney Michael Sanchez will help students understand the basics of copyright, licensing and entertainment law. In a world of free downloads and little‐to‐no record sales, what can an artist do to protect themselves while still maximizing their potential in the industry? July 18: Don Davis, owner of The Oasis 103.7 FM, will shine light on the world of radio. How does an artist get airplay? What does a radio station need from an artist to play and archive music? How does an artist translate their artistic vision into a commercially viable product that will get airplay?

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SUA‐PE

12737
$95
6/6/2019 - 7/18/2019
Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Debbie Dobson
New Mexico Jazz Workshop

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The bowed psaltery is one of the easiest instruments to start playing and has an ethereal, otherworldly sound due to unique inharmonic overtones. It is triangular in shape and played with a simple bow. Using familiar songs that many students will already know, this class will cover note layout, bowing method, and tips on how to draw the innate beauty out of the instrument. Loaners will be available during class sessions at no charge. If you plan to bring your own and need help with tuning or strings, register early so the instructor can coordinate assistance prior to the first class. Required text: First Lessons Dulcimer by Joyce Ochs, eBook online at http://www.melbay.com or for purchase at the first class.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SUA‐PE

12751
$85
6/17/2019 - 6/24/2019
Mon 7:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Scott Reeder
CE South Building

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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. Required Text: You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer by Madeline MacNeil (Mel Bay). Book available online or for purchase at the first session.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

12760
$85
7/8/2019 - 7/29/2019
Mon 7:00 PM ‐ 8:30 PM
Scott Reeder
CE South Building

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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 $20 is payable to the instructor at first class meeting to cover text and teaching materials.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUB‐PE

12753
$110
7/16/2019 - 9/3/2019
Tue 5:00 PM ‐ 6:30 PM
Carlos Vinajeras
CE South Building

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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 is not required, but knowledge of chords (at least in the keys of C and G) and some note reading skills are required. Students without basic theory fundamentals or the ability to read music notation must be open to initially catching up/learning those basics taught in Guitar: Beginning, as those skills wiill be utilized in Guitar: Beginning II. NOTE: A materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class session.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUB‐PE

12754
$110
7/16/2019 - 9/3/2019
Tue 6:30 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Carlos Vinajeras
CE South Building

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The University Chorus is a large mixed choir boasting a near 100‐year history. All interested participants may self‐select into this ensemble (no audition required). The Chorus is comprised of Albuquerque‐area community members as well as UNM students, faculty and staff. Each semester the choir focuses on masterworks of the choral‐orchestral repertoire and regularly collaborates with the UNM Symphony Orchestra and other area instrumental groups. Weekly rehearsals focus on fundamentals of singing technique, musicianship and choral ensemble participation. All ability levels are welcome.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Section FAA‐PE

12798
$65
8/26/2019 - 12/2/2019
Mon 7:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
David Edmonds
UNM Main Campus

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

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