136-J Washington St. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
10701 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
The Voice Department at NMSM offers lessons and performance experiences to students of all ages and abilities, from beginners through very advanced. Our goal is to teach each student to sing with ease, knowledge of the vocal instrument, confidence, and enjoyment! We encourage students to explore many different genres of repertoire, including classical, folk, world, jazz, pop, and Broadway selections. This keeps their love of music alive and growing.
For students younger than 10 years old, we recommend an introductory lesson with one of our voice teachers in order to assess the student's vocal development, and capability. Early instruction in voice engages the child in a fun way using simple songs, rhythm games, and pitch exercises to aid in developing a musically tuned ear.
Students interested in pursuing a career in music will receive the training to prepare them for future auditions through vocal coaching, help selecting appropriate repertoire, staging and acting assistance. Through studio and school recitals, and mock auditions, students will gain the tools to work with an accompanist, and the confidence for successful live performances.
Private voice lessons include the fundamentals of breathing, diaphragm control, anatomy of the vocal mechanism, correct and easy posture, vocal support, tone production, and diction in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Students will also receive training in pitch, sight-singing, general musical theory, ear training, agility, projection, timing, and phrasing.
The study and application of different vocal techniques and anatomical knowledge will allow them to apply that knowledge to any genre of music. We encourage and train students to learn songs, such as Spanish, French, German and Italian art songs, folk songs, and arias, in the original languages.
It is very important to NMSM that voice students receive the best training possible to prevent vocal injury and discover natural ease and flexibility in their voice, along with increasing their range. Students are introduced to a variety of vocal and physical warm-ups. Our students enjoy the experience of self expression as they learn to use their voices easily, while reducing strain and physical tension.
From devloping basic vocal skills to preparing students for a career in music, our faculty will tailor your lessons to meet your goals. Many students notice that their ability to express themselves in many situations including public speaking, school, and other art forms becomes easier through the study of the voice. We strive to nuture each student's love of music within a comprehensive program that is flexible to individual needs.
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.