NM Musical Heritage Project

Department of Music

The New Mexico Musical Heritage Project (NMMHP) is an interdisciplinary course in which students learn the art of violin-making and to play Native American and Hispanic folk tunes of New Mexico on the violin.

Founded in 2008 by Professor Peter White, the NMMHP is the only university program of its kind in the country – where students learn, not only how to make a violin, but the musical culture of the local area.

Over the course of 4-6 semesters, students handcraft a violin from start to finish using mainly the traditional methods of lutherie that have been in place for over 400 years, working with hand tools such as gouges, chisels, knives, and planes. No prior woodworking experience is necessary.

Students from a variety of disciplines – art, science, engineering, political science, psychology, business, music, education, and more – have discovered the pure joy inherent in crafting a hand-made instrument. As Professor White said, “The beauty of violin-making is that you use your art to make an instrument on which more art is made.”

Taught by Klarissa Petti
Masley Hall Room 118
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The NMMHP is funded largely by donations. If you’re interested in helping to keep this unique program going, donate here.

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How to Apply

• All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM

•After meeting all CFA admission requirements, students must apply to become a declared major.

Academic Advisement

The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.

To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.