Meet our Instructors
Kevin has been deeply rooted in the Albuquerque music community for nearly a decade, educating aspiring musicians as well as writing and performing his own music. He has released 4 studio albums, the most recent of which, "All You Can't Control", released on March 25th of 2016.
Kevin has a passion and a knack for bringing together people in community, and common purpose. He routinely gigs around the southwest, collaborating with a myriad of talented musicians.
Kevin founded Rock 101 Summer Sessions in 2011, shortly after finishing his business degree at UNM. He has a solid understanding of professional musicianship, and he expects to bring out the best in his students and fellow instructors.
Kyle studied music education at Scottsdale Community College, and student taught under Erica Costello at Cleveland Middle School in 2007. Kyle has been teaching private piano, voice, bass and guitar lessons for several years, and has been a part of the Rock 101 instructor team since 2011.
Kenny has studied music theory and composition for three years at UNM, and sang bass in the UNM Dolce Suono choir. He has been playing drums for twelve years and ukulele for nine years. He likes collaborating with friends and local musicians, and has experience in folk, jazz, rock, rap, electronic music, and more. He is currently a member of the local bands Eileen & the In-Betweens, Brush Strokes, and Ugly Robot, with whom he is honing his songwriting and showmanship abilities.
Alex is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years experience primarily playing guitar. Since the age of 18 he has been playing music professionally both in bands as well as a contracted session musician in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. In addition to the guitar, he also plays dobro, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano and organ. Currently Alex is in the trio Wildewood, in which he plays a myriad of instruments and contributes with songwriting, singing and recording production. Some of Alex’s biggest influences include Marc Ribot, Eric Heywood, Brett Davis (of “The Mighty Saltlicks”), David Byrne and Howe Gelb.
Jared Putnam has lived in Albuquerque since 1989. When he is not happily slapping his bass with Le Chat Lunatique, you might find him: Playing songs/making videos/writing songs for, Sage and Jared’s Happy Gland Band, teaching kids music at Rock 101, juggling, putting food into containers at a grocery store, or waxing his mustache. Here are some things Jared used to do: Study music at UNM. Listen to nothing but Death Metal. Play music with Hector Pimentel, Syd Masters, Lynn Anderson (sometimes he still plays with Syd Masters). Live in New York, Iowa and California. Try growing a mustache. Fun Facts about Jared: His dad was the Art Director of MAD Magazine. His dad’s mother’s husband’s brother’s wife was Amelia Earhart. His dad’s mother wrote, “The Mummy” which starred Boris Karloff. Jared has been to all of these countries: Germany, Japan, India, Egypt, Lebanon, Chile, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Serbia, England, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.
Greg has been a percussionist in Albuquerque for the past 16 years. He participated in various concert bands, jazz bands, and marching bands in high school. In addition to the drums, Greg picked up the harmonica five years ago. He graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Audio Engineering and Technology. Greg was the drummer, harmonica player, and recording engineer for local trio, Wildewood. Greg currently plays with Le Chat Lunatique, Free Fall, and an assortment of local songwriters. Some of Greg's biggest influences include the drummers Brian Blade, Jay Bellerose, and harmonica players Sonny Boy Williamson, and Junior Wells.
Marshall's passion for music drives him to learn as much about its entirety as he can. He studied Jazz and Classical music at UNM and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During his time at UNM, he was a member of the UNM Honky Tonk Ensemble, UNM's first songwriting class and sang in Dolce Suono choir. Marshall was the Cultural Director and Executive Director of Student Special Events at UNM where he organized concerts for students including helping bring Jack White to Popejoy Hall. Although primarily a guitarist, Marshall occasionally swaps instruments in local band, Ugly Robot. Marshall has been playing guitar for ten years and has studied under rock-country local legend Danny Winters and Jazz master Michael Anthony (who played on records from Quincy Jones to the Beach Boys! He also works at KUNM-FM Radio Station where he began engineering the Call-in Show. He now edits audio and records bands in KUNM's Studio A. Marshall's influences include Taj Mahal, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Blake Mills, Jeff Buckley and John Mayer (before he went all soft).
Anna started taking harp and piano lessons at the age of 5 and has been actively involved in music since then. As a child, she played folk music with her two older brothers but in middle school and high school devoted her time to playing in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program with harp, which provided her the opportunity to play in Austria as well as perform in Carnegie Hall, and participating in Junior Festival with piano. She is now studying harp and piano performance at UNM and is passionate about removing harp from its classical music stigma and incorporating it into the alternative/indie genre.
Emmanuel graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans where he studied Jazz Piano Performance and Music Industry studying under Larry Sieberth, John Mahoney, and Ray Moore. He is an active member of the local music scene, working as a both a session musician and frontman for many recordings, as well as live performances. His piano and guitar playing have been featured in Jazz, Contemporary, and even Electro-Acoustic Ensembles. On the industry side of the Music Business, Emmanuel has worked in Artist Relations and Production Coordination for events such as the Gretna Heritage and Arts Festival, Jazzfest, Voodoofest, Buku, in addition to many others.
His curriculum utilizes a balance of music theory, repertoire construction, and improvisational technique to develop each individual’s love and knowledge of all genres of music. Emmanuel works to ensure that students are engaged by learning songs within their musical tastes, whilst still earning the essentials of music theory. Emmanuel’s strong background in Jazz and Blues Rock performance in addition to Festival and Event Production brings a unique element to Rock 101 NM.
Issac has had a fascination with music his entire life. He has been studying music formally since 4th grade and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music education and a Masters in Music Theory & Composition. Issac has been teaching music lessons for over 5 years and has been a member of the Rock 101 crew since 2012. Issac is an active local musician who is currently a member of Metal and Country bands in the Albuquerque area. Along with playing, Issac also has a passion for recording music. He believes that a well rounded teacher/performer should always strive to improve and expand as a musician.
Sage Harrington is an extremely talented local songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She cultivates an upbeat and supportive atmosphere where students of all ages can learn essential technique and build performance skills. Along with directing our Ukulele Club, Sage teaches private music lessons on the ukulele, violin, and voice.