Washington School

136-J Washington St. SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108


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Montgomery School

10701 Montgomery Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87111



The New Mexico School of Music offers guitar lessons at all levels, to all age groups, with some of the community's most outstanding guitar performers and teachers.  Our unique culture has a particular affinity for the Spanish Classical and Flamenco Guitar, as well as hosting the world's 2nd largest Flamenco competition.  At NMSM we strive to support our community's interest and appreciation for the guitar, with group lessons for children and adults, private lessons for all ages, and for all styles of music including rock, blues, jazz, and metal.  We regularly host concerts for local and nationally recognized guitarists in our Thompson Recital Hall, and provide a venue for our students to perform through our many recitals, and Adult Cafe and Composers' Initiative concerts.


Private lessons are offered on classical, acoustic, electric, and bass guitar.  Our faculty includes master musicians from around the globe, and several graduates of the UNM Guitar Department who studied with Michael Chapdelaine, one of the last students of the maestro Andre Segovia.  Guitar students develop listening skills, left and right hand techniques, reading skills and improvisational creativity.  Students of any age can learn to read tablature, as well as standard music notation, chord charts, finger picking, rhythm or lead guitar.


Classical Guitar

With the classical guitar, our students learn to read standard musical notation, scales, melodies, and picking patterns in a traditional approach to the instrument.  As students progress, the repertoire incorporates pieces that develop the students' knowledge of theory and harmony.  This method ensures a firm grasp of classical techniques and repertoire, and is the foundation for a degree in guitar.


Rock Guitar

Students wishing to work on folk, rock, or pop styles learn basic chords, strumming, and finger picking styles.  After learning the C-A-G-E-D chord forms, many classic and pop tunes can be played.  An introduction to the blues is the basis for learning pentatonic scales, and the I-IV-V chord progression.  Guitarists are encouraged to learn and play their favorite artists’ music, and to begin song-writing themselves!


Bass Guitar

Bass guitar is the foundation of any ensemble.  From the symphony, to jazz and rock and roll, the instrument can be found on every stage and playing every style.  The bass is also the foundation of music theory, and a wonderful way to learn how music works, harmonically and melodically.  Lessons cover beginning to advanced techniques, rock, jazz, ’walking’, and reading chord charts.

  • Lessons are scheduled once a week, Monday through Saturday, at your convenience,  and are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or one hour, depending on the student’s age and ability.


  • Students can register for lessons at any time of the year, with no prior experience required.


  • Semi-private lessons are available for two or three family members or friends who share the same passion for music.


  • Instruments are available for rent and purchase at the school.

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