10 Best Music Lessons in New Mexico

Music is a universal language. It's a way of bringing people together. If you've always been interested in learning to play an instrument, it's never too late to start. Whether you're looking to learn the piano, violin, guitar, or drums, New Mexico's best music lesson options will help you sharpen your musical skills. Here are the best in the state. 

Quintana’s Music and Indian Jewelry Store, Gallup, NM

What a combo, just like the complementary sounds of strings and woodwinds. There’s beauty in handcrafted jewelry and melodious music, both of which you’ll find here. Lessons in piano, violin and guitar are currently available. Music clinics, free to the public, take place regularly. A wide-range of instruments on hand, too.

Tarpley Music, Clovis, NM

The first Tarpley store opened in 1927, just across the border in Texas. This store has been meeting the needs of music students since the 1990s. Referrals to local music teachers is an additional service provided to the local community. It’s also a full-line music store, selling and renting woodwinds, brass, guitar and drums to students. Repairs happen onsite.

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Cello Girl, Santa Fe, NM

For the love of music! That’s the passion behind this multi-talented music teacher who specializes in teaching violin, viola, cello, guitar and ukulele to all ages. Her mission is to provide a solid music education, instilling the use of proper playing technique in all of her students. Lessons are tailored and personalized to each student. Compassion, versatility, enthusiasm and professionalism are the cornerstones of her program. 

Natural Piano, Taos, NM

A good pianist makes playing the piano look easy. That comes from both years of practice and learning how to find that balance between the physicality of playing, understanding the language of music and playing in a state that does not stress the body. Finding that balance is what this teacher focuses on, so students become natural pianists. Private lessons by appointment.

School of Rock, Albuquerque, NM

Lessons in guitar, drums and keyboard are offered for all ages and skill levels. Each class uses performance-based teaching techniques that combine private lessons and group rehearsals. The goal is to guide students through the learning process to ultimately be comfortable performing in front of a live audience. Students learn at their own pace to assure a lasting proficiency and love of music. 

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The Candyman Strings & Things, Santa Fe, NM

This award-winning store has been an integral part of the local music community since 1969. What began as a small acoustic guitar shop has grown into one of the state's premier music stores. Music teachers here are both professional musicians and teachers. Both private and group lessons take place Monday through Friday. Lessons are taught in sound-proof custom-built studios. Group classes bring students of all ages and abilities together to make beautiful music.

Jan’s Studio of Music, Alamogordo, NM

If you’ve dreamed of playing the oboe or flute or maybe, even, a big bassoon, you can learn how from this music teacher, who just happens to have a Master of Music Education degree. She’s been teaching for more than 40 years and also gives lessons in guitar and piano. All lessons are scheduled by appointment only. 

Music World, Hobbs, NM

With more than 45 years of experience in the music industry, this is the place to go for all things musical. Instruments run the gamut from percussion to keyboards to guitars and yes, even, ukuleles. Local music teachers affiliated with this store include those who teach guitar and bass, flute, violin, piano, drums, woodwind, saxophone and percussion. Stop by the store for contact information on teachers.

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Santa Fe Guitar Academy, Santa Fe, NM

Learn the mechanics of guitar playing through one-on-one instruction with this professional teacher and performer. Students of all ages can learn their favorite tunes from rock to blues to classical on either electric and acoustic guitars, or both. Beginning students will work on chords, simple songs and melodies. Advanced students are challenged to go beyond fundamentals to more technical music styles like Brazilian jazz or bossa-nova. Students are taken on a first-come first-served basis.

New Mexico School of Music, Albuquerque, NM

Year-round private lessons are offered in woodwinds, strings, piano, guitar, drums and accordion. Classes range from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on age and ability and no prior experience is necessary to begin. No instrument? No problem. You can rent or purchase one. Group music classes include Toddler Tunes, Music Fun Time and ensembles for strings, band, guitar and rock-and-roll. Enrollment available throughout the year.

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