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UNM Music Prep School

UNM Music Prep School

UNM Music Prep School

UNM Music Prep School

Opening Doors to a Lifetime of Music since 1993! We offer a wide variety of affordable music classes for Albuquerque-area students, birth through adult.

Early Childhood Classes ( ages 0-7 )

Saturdays, $145 for twelve 45-minute classes

Musical Play for the Littlest Ones,
a parent-child class (ages 0-2)
9:00-9:45 am and 10:00-10:45 am
Teacher: Cat Woo

Play is the work of children! In all of our early childhood classes children play together in community with their grown-ups and teachers to explore and experience music through singing, rhythmic, and movement activities. Our classes are created for specific age groupings and each of our highly qualified music teachers bring their own experience, education, personality, and flair to the classes they teach. Our early childhood music classes are inclusive and open to all. All our early childhood classes are parent-child classes.

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Preschool Music Makers (ages 3-5), a parent-child class
9:00-9:45 am and 10:00-10:45 am, Teacher: Jennifer Warren

Play is the work of children! In all of our early childhood classes children play together in community with their grown-ups and teachers to explore and experience music through singing, rhythmic, and movement activities. Our classes are created for specific age groupings and each of our highly qualified music teachers bring their own experience, education, personality, and flair to the classes they teach. Our early childhood music classes are inclusive and open to all. All our early childhood classes are parent-child classes.

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Family Music (ages 0-5), a parent- child class
11:00-11:45 am, Teacher: Jennifer Warren

Play is the work of children! In all of our early childhood classes children play together in community with their grown-ups, and teachers to explore and experience music through singing, rhythmic, and movement activities. Our classes are created for specific age groupings and each of our highly qualified music teachers bring their own experience, education, personality, and flair to the classes they teach. Our early childhood music classes are inclusive and open to all. All our early childhood classes are parent-child classes, requiring at least one adult family member to attend the class with their children.

This class is designed for families with more than one child in this age group, though families with single children are welcome! Each child in the family music be registered.

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Around the World with Music (ages 3-7), a parent-child class
9:00-9:45 am, 
Teachers: Kimberly Elliott and Rebecca Kendall

This class emphasizes a variety of multicultural music. Young children and their grown-ups sing songs, play music games, learn dances and play instruments representing many countries, cultures, and languages. On the final day of the semester, this class combines with our World Music Drumming classes for a special musical sharing event.

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Preschool Fun with Singing (ages 3.5-5), a parent-child class
12:00-12:45 p.m.
Julia Church Hoffman, Teacher

This class is the farm team for the UNM Children’s Chorus program! Young children playfully explore and experience singing alone and in community with others through vocal exploration, singing games, songs, improvising and composing new songs and variations of songs. Parents participate in singing games with the children.

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UNM Children's Chorus

Wednesdays, pricing varies depending on the age group.

The UNM Children’s Chorus is a non-auditioned chorus that welcomes any child who wishes to sing. The chorus sings excellent repertoire taught by highly qualified music educators, assisted by UNM music education students. Our weekly rehearsals are based on inclusive teaching practices built on a foundation of musical excellence and developmentally appropriate pedagogy and reflect the guiding principles of our parent organization, the UNM Music Prep School. Our performances reach across campus and the community, helping elevate the significance of a musical education for a lifetime. Singers practice teamwork, prioritize commitment in weekly rehearsals, and demonstrate the development of musicianship through singing. Creating community together through singing is fun and provides opportunities for children of all ages to foster important friendships!

Concert Uniform: Black pants or knee-length/long skirts, black socks or tights, black shoes, and the UNM Children’s Chorus polo shirt. Polo shirt orders are taken at the beginning of each semester and only need to be purchased by new singers or continuing singers who have either moved to a different choir or have outgrown their shirt. The polo shirts cost $12.

The Choirs

Los Farolitos (K-1st grades), $155
5:15-6:15 p.m.
Katie Dukes, Teacher

This choir introduces very young singers to developmentally appropriate choral experiences through the playful exploration of unison and simple part songs, musical movement, vocal exploration, singing games, and fun activities designed to help each child discover their own voice and how to blend it with others.

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Lobo Singers (2nd-5th grades), $160
5:15-6:30 p.m.
Dawn Perez, Teacher

This choir develops confidence and competence in healthy vocal technique and musicianship skills, allowing singers to experience the joy of singing in a choral ensemble setting. Singers participate in the rehearsal process through a variety of interactive learning experiences, giving students the opportunity to fine-tune their musical skills, and develop leadership roles and a sense of community.

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EnCanto Singers (6th-12th grades), $165
5:15-6:45 p.m.
Judy Castro, Teacher-Conductor

This choir sings literature for mixed voices, as well as advanced treble music. Some prior singing experience is recommended but not required. Weekly rehearsals focus on both individual musicianship and vocal technique and require some practice outside of rehearsal.

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World Music Drumming

Saturdays, $145 for twelve 45-minute classes

World Music Drumming,
ages 5-8 (K-2nd graders)
10:00-10:45 a.m.

ages 9-12 (3rd-5th graders)
11:00-11:45 a.m.


Ian Davis & Tyler Slamkowski,
Co-teachers

 

These classes develops character-building strengths such as focus, listening, teamwork, and respect while strengthening musical skills through aural tradition. Students demonstrate techniques for playing various types of drums and other percussion equipment; sing songs with percussion and other instruments from various multicultural traditions; improvise new drumming ensemble patterns; move to music while singing or playing instruments; create new drum ensembles in the style of various drumming traditions; listen actively and critically to various styles of music which include percussion; and understand and place greater value on the peoples and musical cultures of Africa and the Caribbean.

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Piano Classes

Fridays & Saturdays, $145 for
twelve 45-minute classes

  • All piano classes are designed to last two semesters. Most spring semester piano classes are a continuation from fall semester, unless otherwise noted. Continuing students should sign up for the exact same class they attended during fall semester. See below for more information.
  • Group classes are held in Room 1117, a piano lab equipped with electric pianos. Each student will play at her/his own keyboard with a headset.
  • All classes begin on the hour. PLEASE BE ON TIME TO CLASS!
  • Piano students are expected to regularly practice at home and should have access to a piano or keyboard during the week.
  • Parents/guardians of all piano students (Piano 1 and Piano 2) are expected to attend classes and help guide students during class.
  • Required piano books are listed below with each class. Books may be purchased locally at Baum’s Music, 2908 Eubank Blvd. NE, (505) 292-0707. Plan to have books ready at the first class.
  • Please Note: If you are unsure which piano class is best for your child, please contact the Music Prep School: musprep@unm.edu or (505) 277-8816.

Beginning Piano (ages 7+) Fridays 4:00-4:45 pm, Teacher: Stephanie Kaylan

This piano class is for new students and students who took our summer Try the Piano class.
Required Books: Step by Step Piano Course Book 1, by Edna Mae Burnam (Red Book)

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Beginning Piano (ages 6-9), a parent-child class, 9:00- 9:45 am, Teacher: Bonnie Finch

This piano class is for new beginners age 6-9, students from Bonnie Finch’s 8:00 am piano class from last year, and students age 6-9 from this summer’s Try the Piano class. Required books: Alfred Premier Piano Course: Lesson Book 1A and Performance Book 1A. Please note: Be sure to get the PREMIER, not BASIC, piano course in these books.

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Music Moves for Piano for ages 5-6 (K-1st grade) a parent-child class 9:00-9:45 am 10:00-10:45 am

Children learn best through movement and play, and this is the case with learning the piano as well! This group piano class includes activities both at and away from the piano to help children hear, think, sing, feel and move musically, without tension. Children play solos and duets, improvise and be creative. Students are encouraged to practice and improvise at home. There is a maximum of six students per class. Required book: Music Moves for Piano Keyboard Games for Beginner, Book A, by Marilyn Lowe

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Beginning Piano (ages 9-12), a parent-child class, 10:00-10:45 am, Teacher: Bonnie Finch

This piano class is for new beginners age 9-12, and students age 9-12 from this summer’s Try the Piano class.

Required books: Alfred Premier Piano Course: Lesson Book 1A and Performance Book 1A. Please note: Be sure to get the PREMIER, not BASIC, piano course in these books.

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Piano 2 for continuing students, a parent-child class, 11:00-11:45 am, Teacher: Bonnie Finch

This piano class is for students who took two semesters in Bonnie Finch’s piano classes at 9:00 and 10:00 am last year, and new students who have a similar amount of piano experience. Contact the Music Prep School if you have questions about your student.  Required books: Alfred’s Premier Piano Course, Lesson Book 1A and Performance Book 1A.

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Piano 3 for continuing students, 12:00-12:45 pm, Teacher: Bonnie Finch

This piano class is for students who took four semesters of piano at the UNM Music Prep School or have a similar amount of piano experience. Contact the Music Prep School if you have questions about your student.  Required books: Alfred’s Premier Piano Course, Lesson Book 1A and Performance Book 1A.

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Guitar Classes

Saturdays, $145 for twelve 45-minute classes

  • All guitar classes are designed to last two semesters and will focus on classical guitar technique. Students register for one semester at a time.
  • Group guitar classes consist of 6-15 students.
  • All classes begin on the hour. Please be on time to class!
  • Parents/guardians are expected to attend classes, know teacher expectations, what students should be practicing, and help guide their student. Students are expected to practice at home during the week.
  • Required materials for guitar classes: a classical guitar with NYLON strings, a portable music stand, and a footstool. Required books are listed below with each class. Books and guitars may be purchased locally at Baum’s Music,  2908 Eubank Blvd. NE, 505.292.0707, baumsmusic.com. Plan to have required materials and books ready at the first class.
  • Please Note: If you are unsure which guitar class is best for your child, contact the Music Prep School 505.277.8816

Beginning Guitar (ages 6-9), a parent-child class, 9:00-9:45 am, Teacher: Brian Moore

This guitar class is for new students, ages 6-9 and students who took our summer Try the Guitar class.
Required materials: Classical guitar with nylon strings, guitar foot stool, music stand, FJH Young Beginner Guitar LESSON Book 1.

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Beginning Guitar (ages 9+), a parent-child class, 10:00-10:45 am, Teacher: Brian Moore

This guitar class is for new students ages 9 and older and students who took our summer Try the Guitar class.
Required materials: Classical guitar with nylon strings, guitar foot stool, music stand, and FJH Young Beginner Guitar LESSON Book 1.

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Guitar 2, for Continuing Students, 11:00 – 11:45 am, Teacher: Brian Moore

For continuing students from fall semester 2018.
Books: FJH Young Beginner Guitar Lesson Book 1 & Performance Book 1

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Guitar 3, for continuing students, 12:00 – 12:45 pm, Teacher: Brian Moore

This guitar class is for students who have taken four semesters of guitar lessons at the Music Prep School, and transferring students who have studied guitar this long somewhere else. Books and other materials to be announced by the teacher.

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Beginning and Continuing Adult Guitar, 1:00-1:45 p.m. Teacher: Brian Moore

For continuing adult/older teen students.
Book: Solo Guitar Playing Book 1, 4th edition, by Frederick M. Noad

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Adult Classes

Adult Ukulele $145, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Robin Giebelhausen, Teacher

This ukulele group is an opportunity for folks to learn a little ukulele, sing with a group, and have a relaxed time making music! This class is open to all ukulele players, beginners and beyond. Students need a ukulele for this class (soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele). This class is held during the UNM Children’s Chorus rehearsal and provides a fun way for adults to spend that time while their young singer rehearses with the chorus. Ukuleles may be locally purchased at Baum’s Music, 2908 Eubank Blvd. NE, 505.292.0707, baumsmusic.com

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Beginning Piano for Adults, $145, Fridays, 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Stephanie Kaylan, Teacher

This piano class is for beginning older teen/adult students and continuing adult students who would like review material.

Required Books: Step by Step Piano Course Book 1, by Edna Mae Burnam (Red Book)

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Beginning and Continuing Adult Guitar, $145, Saturdays, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Brian Moore, Teacher

This is a combined level guitar class for beginning and continuing adult/older teen students.

Required Book: Solo Guitar Playing Book 1, 4th edition, by Frederick M. Noad

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Tuition Waiver Application
Fall 2019 Important Dates

Saturdays
September 7
September 14
September 21
September 28
October 5
NO CLASS October 12
October 19
October 26
November 2
November 9
November 16
November 23
NO CLASS November 30
December  7 – Sharing Day

Wednesdays
September 4
September 11
September 18
September 25
October 2
NO CLASS October 9
October 16
October 23
October 30
November 6
November 13
November 20
NO CLASS November 27
December 4 – Last Ukulele class

Fridays
September 6
September 13
September 20
September 27
October 4
NO CLASS October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 22
NO CLASS November 29
December 6 – Sharing Day

UNMCC CONCERT –
December 11, 6:30 PM,
Keller Hall

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is based on financial need and determined by using the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch formula. Tuition waiver applications may be found on the UNM Music Prep School website or by contacting us by phone or email. Families who qualify for tuition assistance may use the waiver for one child in one class. Waivers are usually for 50 percent of the tuition.

Tuition Remission for UNM Employees NEW PROCEDURE!

UNM tuition remission is available to UNM employees and retirees for any Music Prep School adult class and some classes for children that require adult participation. To apply, fill out the application form and promptly return the form to the UNM Music Prep School. Once the application has been approved, the Music Prep School will give you with a promotion code, which will allow you to register for your class. The Music Prep School is not responsible for classes which fill up during the tuition remission application process. Questions about the tuition remission application process, contact the UNM Music Prep School: musprep@unm.edu or 505.277-8816.

Tuition Remission application form

Return the completed form to the UNM Music Prep School: musprep@unm.edu, campus mail: MSC04 2570, or hand deliver to the Department of Music Office, Room 1105 in the UNM Center for the Arts

Location and Parking

We are located on the University of New Mexico Main Campus, in the Center for the Arts, 203 Cornell Dr. NE. Parking is available in the Cornell Parking Structure, on Redondo Dr., near Stanford/Central Ave. Parking permits are provided for our Saturday classes. Contact UNM’s Parking and Transportation services for more information about parking on campus: http://pats.unm.edu.

**The UNM Music Prep School has a no refund policy. However, if your class is canceled due to low enrollment, you may transfer enrollment to another available class or be refunded.

**UNM Music Prep School Cancellation Policy Due to Weather & Other Emergencies

If we feel it is unsafe for families and teachers to travel due to weather conditions or if UNM cancels classes or closes campus for emergency reasons, we will cancel our classes. There will not be make up classes or refunds if we have to cancel.

If we must cancel, we will put a message on our voice mail (505.277.8816) and will ask KOB and KOAT to add us to the cancelation list that is published on television stations, websitesand apps.

If you have any questions please contact us!

Julia Church Hoffman
Director

Laurie Lopez
Program Coordinator

Office: Room 1412 in the UNM Center for the Arts

musprep@unm.edu
or (505) 277-8816

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