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.