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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.

Spring registration is now open.

Early Childhood Classes ( ages 0-7 )

 

Our early childhood music classes are inclusive and open to all! We welcome and celebrate all variations of families, learning modalities, and developmental abilities. 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.

All our early childhood classes are parent-child classes, requiring at least one adult family member to attend the class with their children.

Play is the work of children! In Musical Play, Family Music, and Preschool Music Maker 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.

Saturdays, $145 for twelve 45-minute classes

Musical Play for the Littlest Ones
Ages 0-2
A Parent-Child Class
10:00-10:45 am and 11:00-11:45 am
Cat Woo, Teacher

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Preschool Music Makers Ages 3-5
A Parent-Child Class
10:00-10:45 am
Holly Gilster, Teacher 

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Family Music
Ages 0-5
A Parent-Child Class
9:00-9:45 am
Holly Gilster, Teacher

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Around the World with Music
Ages 3-7
A Parent-Child Class
9:00-9:45 am
Kimberly Elliott and Rebecca Kendall, Co-teachers

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
A Parent-Child Class
11:00-11:45 a.m.
Emily Ward, Teacher

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. 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 $14.

The Choirs

Lobito Singers (K – 2nd grade), $150
5:15-6:15 p.m.
Katie Dukes and Cierra Trevino, Co-Teachers/Conductors

This choir introduces very young singers to developmentally appropriate play-based 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 in preparation for singing in the next level of chorus.

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Lobo Singers (2nd – 5th grade), $155
5:15-6:30 p.m.
Dawn Perez, Teacher-Conductor

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 grade), $160
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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Drums/Percussion

World Music Drumming,
Ages 6 and up, $145
A Parent-Child Class
Saturdays, 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Ian Davis & Tyler Slamkowski, Co-teachers

World Music Drumming 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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*NEW* Adult World Music Drumming, $145, ½ off for UNM Children’s Chorus parents/guardians! – Contact the Music Prep School for a discount code.
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Ian Davis & Tyler Slamkowski, Co-teachers

Join us for World Music Drumming for Adults! We will explore music, instruments, and cultures from the Caribbean and West Africa in a friendly and fun environment for adults. If you’ve never played a drum before, don’t fret! We invite all adults to come and learn with us.

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Piano Classes

Piano Classes

  • All piano classes are designed to last two semesters. Students register for one semester at a time.
  • Music Moves for Piano has a cap of six children and is held in a room with two pianos and space for movement.
  • All other piano classes consist of 8-15 students and are held in a piano lab equipped with electric pianos. Each student will use their own keyboard with a headset during class.
  • 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 are expected to attend classes, help guide students during class, and be aware of what students should be practicing at home.
  • Required books may be purchased locally at Baum’s Music, 2908 Eubank Blvd. NE, 505.292.0707, or www.baumsmusic.com Plan to have books ready at the first class.
  • Please note: If you are unsure which piano class is best for your child, contact the Music Prep School.

Piano on Fridays

Beginning Piano, Continuing, ages 7+, $145
A Parent-Child Class
Fridays, 4:00-4:45 p.m.
Stephanie Kaylan, Teacher

This piano class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 4:00 pm Beginning Piano class with Stephanie Kaylan.

*Students should sign up for the same timeslot they were in last semester.

Required Books: Step by Step Piano Course Book 2, by Edna Mae Burnam (Green Book)

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Adult Piano, Continuing, $145
Fridays, 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Stephanie Kaylan, Teacher

This piano class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 5:00 pm Adult Piano class with Stephanie Kaylan.

Required Books: Step by Step Piano Course Book 2, by Edna Mae Burnam (Green Book)

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Piano on Saturdays

*NEW* Introduction to Piano, for New Beginners, ages 6-8 (no 5-year olds), $145
A Parent-Child Class
Saturdays, 8:00-8:45 a.m.
Holly Gilster, Teacher

This is an introductory piano class for brand-new beginners who want to start piano lessons mid-year. It is designed to prepare students to join one of our year-long beginning piano classes that start in Fall semester.

Required books: Alfred Basic Piano Library Course Lesson Book, Level 1A & Theory Book, Level 1A

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Music Moves for Piano, Continuing,  ages 5-6, $145
A Parent-Child Class
Saturdays, 9:00-9:45 a.m. and 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Brittany Whetten, Teacher

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 9:00 am and 10:00 am Music Moves for Piano class with Brittany Whetten. *Students should sign up for the same timeslot they were in last semester.

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.

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Beginning Piano, Continuing, ages 6-9, $145
A Parent-Child Class
Saturdays, 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Bonnie Finch, Teacher

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 9:00 am Beginning Piano class with Bonnie Finch. *Students should sign up for the same timeslot they were in last semester.

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Beginning Piano, Continuing, ages 9-12, $145
A Parent-Child Class
Saturdays, 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Bonnie Finch, Teacher

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 10:00 am Beginning Piano class with Bonnie Finch. *Students should sign up for the same timeslot they were in last semester.

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Piano 2, Continuing, $145
A Parent-Child Class
Saturdays, 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Bonnie Finch, Teacher

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 11:00 am Piano 2 class with Bonnie Finch.

*Students should sign up for the same timeslot they were in last semester.

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Piano 2-3, Continuing, $145
A Parent-Child Class
Saturdays, 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Bonnie Finch, Teacher

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 12:00 pm Piano 2-3 class with Bonnie Finch.

*Students should sign up for the same timeslot they were in last semester.

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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 students. 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,
    www.baumsmusic.com. Plan to have the 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.

Beginning Guitar, Continuing, ages 6-9, $145
A Parent-Child Class
Saturdays, 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Brian Moore, Teacher

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 9:00 am Beginning Guitar class with Brian Moore. *Students should sign up for the same timeslot they were in last semester.

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Beginning Guitar, Continuing, ages 9+, $145
A Parent-Child Class
Saturdays, 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Brian Moore, Teacher

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 10:00 am Beginning Guitar class with Brian Moore. *Students should sign up for the same timeslot they were in last semester.

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Guitar 2, Continuing, $145
Parents are expected to stay for the class.
Saturdays, 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Brian Moore Teacher

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 11:00 am Guitar 2 class with Brian Moore. *Students should sign up for the same timeslot they were in last semester.

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Guitar 3, Continuing $145
Parents are expected to stay for the class.
Saturdays, 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Brian Moore, Teacher

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 12:00 pm Guitar 3 class with Brian Moore. *Students should sign up for the same timeslot they were in last semester.

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

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 1:00 pm Adult Guitar class with Brian Moore.

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Adult Classes

*NEW* Adult World Music Drumming, $145,
½ off for UNM Children’s Chorus parents/guardians! – Contact the Music Prep School for a discount code.
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Ian Davis & Tyler Slamkowski, Co-teachers

Join us for World Music Drumming for Adults! We will explore music, instruments, and cultures from the Caribbean and West Africa in a friendly and fun environment for adults. If you’ve never played a drum before, don’t fret! We invite all adults to come and learn with us.

Register

Adult Piano, Continuing, $145, Fridays, 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Stephanie Kaylan, Teacher

This piano class is for students continuing from the Fall semester 5:00 p.m. Adult Piano class with Stephanie Kaylan.

Required Books: Step by Step Piano Course Book 2, by Edna Mae Burnam (Green Book)

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

This class is for students continuing from the Fall semester
1:00 p.m. Adult Guitar class with Brian Moore.

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Tuition Waiver Application
Spring 2020 Important Dates

Saturdays
January 25
February 1
February 8
February 15 — Instrument Petting Zoo 12:00-1:00 pm
February 22
February 29
March 7
March 14
NO CLASS March 21
March 28
NO CLASS April 4
April 11
April 18
April 25 – Sharing Day
May 2 – Guitar Sharing Day

Wednesdays
January 29
February 5
February 12
February 19
February 26
March 4
March 11
NO CLASS March 18
March 25
NO CLASS April 1
April 8
April 15
April 22
April 29

Fridays
January 24
January 31
February 7
February 14
February 21
February 28
March 6
March 13
NO CLASS March 20
March 27
NO CLASS April 3
April 10
April 17
April 24 – Sharing Day

UNMCC CONCERT –
May 6, 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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