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Music Prep School


“As you begin to realize that every different type of music, everybody’s individual music, has its own rhythm, life, language and heritage, you realize how life changes, and you learn how to be more open and adaptive to what is around us.” -Yo-Yo Ma

Founded in 1993, the UNM Music Prep School prepares students for a lifetime of music learning.

The Music Prep School offers a wide variety of affordable music classes for Albuquerque-area students, birth through adult. Highly qualified music educators, many of them UNM graduates, teach our classes.

Early childhood music classes

Group guitar classes

Group piano classes

Marimba Band

The UNM Children’s Chorus

Summer camps

Lobo Music Academy: Private lessons for middle and high school students

Classes for adults

Spring 2017 Dates: January 21- May 10


All classes are held in the UNM Center for the Arts (Popejoy Hall building) during fall, spring and summer terms. Registration is available online. Each semester we award a limited number of tuition waivers, first come, first served, based on financial need. Parking permits are available for our Friday and Saturday classes. We provide an escort service for easy drop off and pick up for our Wednesday Children’s Chorus families.

The UNM Music Prep School has a no refund policy
The UNM Music Prep School office is open Tuesday – Saturday


MPS Talks! Music in the Lives of Children – It Matters!

February 25, 2017
UNM Center for the Arts

Visit our event page and reserve your tickets here.

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, websites and apps.

Registration for our Spring 2017 program is now open!

Register Here

Contact the Prep School

Julia Church Hoffman
UNM Music Prep School Director

Laurianne Lopez
Program Coordinator

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