AMTA Workshops

2022 Spring Workshops

“Dennis Alexander and His Music—-A Peek Inside the Creative Process”

WHEN: Friday March 4th, 2022, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

WHERE: Piano Werkes (4640 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110)

Over the past 35 years, Dennis Alexander’s music has been a hit with teachers and students all over the world.  Composing good educational repertoire for students at all levels often requires an ability to understand the technical limitations of small hands, an understanding of many styles of music, and being able to create pieces that often sound “harder” than they actually are.  This session takes you “inside the creative process” and demonstrates some of the features of “student favorites” that make them so accessible to play, as well as fun to teach!  You’ll come away with all kinds of new ideas for good, motivational repertoire for students at all levels.





“Duo Master Class with Martha Dalager”

WHEN: Sunday, April 10th, 2022, 2:00-4:30 PM

WHERE: Trinity Church (2520 Chama Street NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87110)



Martha Dalager bio

Masterclass Program

Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival




“Tax Strategies and Updates for Music Teachers and Musicians” by Juhee Kim, CPA

WHEN: Friday, May 13th, 2022, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

WHERE: Piano Werkes (4640 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110)


Juhee Kim, CPA, brings more than 10 years in diverse tax, financial, and project management experience in her role as a Certified Public Accountant in FPM, LLC.







Past Event–

2021 Fall Workshop

 “Pianist Yi-Yang Chen: Integrating Contemporary World Music Into Our Teaching”

Music learning is not just getting the right rhythm, beat, and techniques. My job as a teacher is to help my students find their way through the realities of the world so that they manifest their unique purpose. And I found contemporary music has been an aid to serve that purpose. For every lesson, the combination of standard and “new” repertoire – repertoire that could help students master the gap to standard music literature, like Bach Well-Tempered Clavier, Beethoven Sonatas, or even Chopin Etudes – may help a student to overcome such an experience and moreover, stay motivated. Rediscovering contemporary literature can help students attain a deeper understanding of different musical styles, especially those composers “bridging” the turn of the century, such as Charles Ives. Rediscovering music that is not often performed may help to maximize motivation while allowing for greater structure and exposure when approaching standard repertoire. Traditional music literature is heavily Western-centered and male-dominated, and we found many more styles and resources that were bloomed during the time of 20th century. Those composers were not only synthesis the language and artistic values from the predecessors but also addressing their own intuitive responses to society. This session will increase awareness and understanding of contemporary music because it reflects the values of today’s society. The presentation will introduce pieces by American pioneer Charles Ives, African-American composer Leslie Adams, female South African composer Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, and more.

WHEN: Friday Oct. 8th, 2021, 10:00 AM

WHERE: Piano Werkes (4640 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110)