The Music Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts is designed to provide students with a comprehensive background in the fundamentals of music and the art of music performance. Through a rich environment that includes applied instruction on a student’s primary instrument or voice, ensemble rehearsals, classes, performances, and master classes with renowned musicians, students will develop their musicianship to the highest possible level in preparation for continued musical study.
Students in the Music Program at NMSA are guided by master teachers. Students explore areas of fundamental musicianship, music theory, music history, and play or sing both as soloists and as members of a wide variety of student ensembles. 
Daily instruction includes classroom-based learning, regular rehearsals and performances that are designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn the fundamental qualities of a being an active performing musician. Ensembles are created based on student enrollment and the individual level of accomplishment of each student. All courses strive to build positive attitudes, responsibility, trust, teamwork, cooperation, confidence, compassion, and a sense of humor – skills and values that will serve musicians well throughout their educational and professional lives.

Guest Artist Program

Ingela Onstad

Stage Fright Workshop

Kerry Ginger

Fort Lewis College

Javier Gonzales

La Sierra University

Judith McCloud

Northern Arizona University

Maria Schneider

GRAMMY Award-winning Composer & Arranger / Bandleader

Rahim AlHaj

GRAMMY Award Nominated Oudist

We believe a student’s passion for the arts can propel them to success in every aspect of life. We are committed to fostering that success by providing a strong foundation for artistic and academic growth in an inclusive and challenging environment that encourages exploration, expands imagination and cultivates creativity.

John Rangel

Music Department Chair

If you have questions regarding curriculum or anything about the Music program, please contact John Rangel or use our Contact form and someone from the team will respond shortly.