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 his/her principal instrument, 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. NMSA recognizes the importance of individual practice and master teaching in acquiring music performance skills. The high school years are critical years of physical and musical development.
As a student in the Music Program at NMSA, you will be guided by teachers who are masters of their art form and who will help you achieve your potential. You will explore areas of fundamental musicianship, music theory, music history, and play both as a soloist and as a member of a wide variety of student ensembles. Daily instruction includes classroom-based learning, regular rehearsals and performances that are designed to provide you with the opportunity to learn the fundamental qualities of a being an active performing musician. Ensembles will be created based on student enrollment and the individual level of accomplishment of each student. All courses will 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.