NMJW Adult Education – Winter/Spring 2019

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!

We offer you various convenient ways to register for classes: either call Debbie Dobson at 505-255-9798 ext. 3, send an email to or register on-line.

Intermediate Jazz Guitar

Instructor: Michael Anthony
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
6 Weeks: February 4-March 11
Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Members/$80; General $95

This class explores the art, challenges, and joy of improvising jazz on the guitar will 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. In order to gain “hands-on” experience, a portion of class time will be spent jamming on short progressions. Required textbook for this class: The Ultimate Map for Jazz Guitar by Michael Anthony available through Mel Bay Publishing: 1-800-MEL BAY or www.MELBAY.COM. The book is also available on Please bring an acoustic guitar if possible (or electric with a small amplifier), a note pad and pencil.

The Art of the Ballad

Instructor: Bobby Shew
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
February 9
Saturday, 2:00-5:00 PM
Members/$20; General/$25; Student (high school or university)/$15; Auditor/$10

Master trumpeter and legendary performer Bobby Shew leads this hands-on class focusing on the art of jazz ballad playing. Students will have the rare opportunity to perform along with the instructor and the accompanying pianist. Intermediary/advanced levels of musicians are encouraged to participate. Limited class-size.

Latin Jazz & Improvisation

Instructor: Rodolfo Gonzalez
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
10 Weeks: February 5-April 9
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Members/$120; General/$130

This popular class provides 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. The instructor writes original arrangements tailor-made for each class. A portion of class time is devoted to music theory and improvisation techniques. Open to both vocalists and instrumentalists. Intermediate level encouraged.

Jazz Ensemble

Instructor: Lewis Winn
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
10 Weeks: February 5-April 9
Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15 PM
Members/$120; General/$130

This 8 week class explores the art of jazz ensemble playing. With the help of veteran ensemble leader Lewis Winn, students choose repertoire, tailoring each arrangement so that everyone can shine. Participants will develop their improvisation techniques, leadership skills, and group sound, as well as improve their overall understanding of a jazz ensemble setting as they prepare for a performance at the end of the course.

Jazz Improvisation

Instructor: Mickey Patten
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
6 Weeks: March 18-April 22
Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Members/$80; General/$95

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

Beginning Jazz Piano

Instructors: Steve Figueroa, Markus Gottschlich, Mariano Morales
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
6 Weeks: February 4-March 11
Mondays, 7:45-9:15 PM
Members/$80; General/$95

Designed for the beginning jazz pianist, this class gives students the unique opportunity to learn about a variety of basic and intermediate concepts from three notable jazz piano instructors. Students will explore numerous solo and ensemble piano playing techniques, common Latin styles, in addition to studying harmonic and improvisational concepts essential for the advancement of any pianist. Instructors will alternate each week, providing students the opportunity to receive a variety of instruction and approaches. Limited space available.

Jazz Singing

Instructor: Patty Stephens
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
8 Weeks: February 7-March 28
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM
Members/$145; General/$165

This class explores the basic elements of singing a song; tempo, groove, style, form and arrangement. Together we will work on strengthening your voice and polishing your performance. Students will choose songs from the jazz standard repertoire and be accompanied by a professional musician at the final recital. This class is open to singers of all levels and is guaranteed to be a fun and enriching experience.

Community Big Band

Instructor: Henry Estrada
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
10 Weeks: February 6-April 10
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Members/$125; General $140

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 at the final recital! Proficient music reading skills required.

Real Book Jam

Leaders: Lisa Nichols, Michelle Spiro
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
Saturdays, 10:30-noon, noon – 1:30
ongoing, except for special events TBA
Non – recital class

This is a no-pressure jam that welcomes musicians of all levels to come play on your favorite jazz standards, develop improvisational concepts and forge friendships with other musicians from around the city. Bring your Real Book!
We offer you various convenient ways to register for classes: either call Debbie Dobson at 505-255-9798, ext. 3, send an email to or register on-line.

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NMJW Adult Education Payment & Refund Policy
Payment for class is due at the time of registration. No refunds are given after a class has started.

New Mexico Jazz Workshop Educational Programs for Winter/Spring 2019

The New Mexico Jazz Workshop offers a variety of Youth and Adult Education programs throughout the year. Registration is now open for all of the programs. Here are a few things that the NMJW has to offer with details below or go to for complete information about the NMJW and its programs.

Education is a high priority at the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. Since 1994, NMJW has positively impacted the lives of over 100,000 local youth through quality music education programming. Students return year after year to attend Camp Bee-Jammin’ and thousands of Albuquerque Public School students have enjoyed our Roots of Jazz assemblies. The Summer Jazz Intensive offers skills building for students ages 12 to 18 in the art of Jazz Improvisation.

One way that the New Mexico Jazz Workshop is making a big difference in young lives is through our Empowerment Through Music program. The “prevention” component of this program is The South Valley Band Project, free out-of school- time music classes for at-risk and underserved middle schoolers. The “intervention” component of this program, The Digital Technology Project, helps youth who are incarcerated and on probation through therapeutic writing, music composition and digital engineering. They learn to address issues in appropriate ways while gaining valuable skills. It seems simple, but these programs are changing young lives for the better.

Meanwhile, the NMJW Adult Education programming allows musicians and others to explore and develop their skills in music.


What is Roots of Jazz?
Currently in its twentieth year, Roots of Jazz is a 60-minute assembly designed to teach students about the origins of jazz music. Musician and music educator, Frank Leto, backed by a jazz quartet and a dancer, keeps audiences wide-eyed with lively demonstrations of music from Africa, Cuba, Brazil and the United States. The music is neatly woven into a fabric of historical narrative, highlighting the cultural blending that has made jazz such a uniquely American art form.

How do students experience Roots of Jazz?
Seventeen free assemblies are scheduled throughout the academic year, on a first-come first-served basis.

Although we have served almost every Albuquerque Public Elementary School over the course of twenty years, we would like to encourage schools that have never seen the presentation or haven’t had it in a while to give us a call.

What do I do to get Roots of Jazz at my school?
Please contact our Education Coordinator, Debbie Dobson at 505-255-9798, ext.3 or