Washington School

136-J Washington St. SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108


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Montgomery School

10701 Montgomery Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87111



The String Program at NMSM offers lessons and ensemble experiences to students of all ages and abilities, from beginners through very advanced.  From “learn by ear” to traditional “notation reading,” Suzuki and other method books are used in addition to recital repertoire to promote enjoyment, excellence, and creativity.


All faculty are university trained and experienced in their professional fields around the world.  Most teachers are bilingual, and teach more than one instrument. They will help students to understand the difference between stringed instruments.  Lessons also incorporate culture, history, and stories about the music and composers.


Lesson instruction includes hand and finger techniques, shifting exercises, bow technique variations, fingering exercises, articulation, various music scales, sight reading, music theory and analysis, and ear training and memorization.  As students progress, our faculty will introduce broad repertoire, musical selections, method books, and pieces from the standard solo repertoire of concertos, sonatas and virtuoso pieces.


Through all training, the students will have many opportunities to play solo, chamber and orchestral music.  Students may perform solo pieces with an accompanist for the optional annual winter and spring formal recitals.  The Suzuki Strings Program, Chamber Strings Ensemble and NMSM Strings Orchestra provide opportunities for students to make music with friends, learn ensemble skills, communicate with others, and to grow as a team.


Yearly evaluations are completed for each student in order to monitor their progress. Students at NMSM are encouraged to participate in the optional Performance Assessment Program and the Royal Conservatory of Music Examination Program.  Certificates awarded by level serve as as markers of progress through this curriculum.


The goal is to give students a love of music within a comprehensive program that is flexible to individual needs.  Our teachers will help them to build and develop their musical skill foundation and musicianship.

  • 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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