Everything you always wanted to
know about the music business*

Explained by
Jose Antonio Ponce
New Mexico Music Awards

*but were afraid to ask

Friday, October 12th, 2018
5:00-7:00 PM
Little Toad Creek Brewery

200 North Bullard Street
Silver City, NM 88061

What is copyright?
What does a publisher do?
How do I get my music into film?
How do I sell my music?
What is the best way to book my band?

These are just some of the questions that arise when you are trying to make a living in music. Author, songwriter, film maker, producer Jose Antonio ponce will answer your questions about anything related to the music business. Learn about getting your music to major artists. Fimd out how to get you book published for free. Learn how to tour economically and to make money from your art.

The workshop is free, but seating is limited. To attend, register online at

There is no sales pitch and we never solicit your contact information.

Co-sponsored by Jason’s Music Publishing, the New Mexico Music Commission, listen!NM, New Mexico Arts & Moonlight Talent Management.

New Mexico Jazz Workshop Educational Programs for Fall 2018

The New Mexico Jazz Workshop offers a variety of Youth and Adult Education programs throughout the year. Registration is now open for all of the programs. Here are a few things that the NMJW has to offer with details below or go to for complete information about the NMJW and its programs.

Education is a high priority at the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. Since 1994, NMJW has positively impacted the lives of over 100,000 local youth through quality music education programming. Students return year after year to attend Camp Bee-Jammin’ and thousands of Albuquerque Public School students have enjoyed our Roots of Jazz assemblies. The Summer Jazz Intensive offers skills building for students ages 12 to 18 in the art of Jazz Improvisation.

One way that the New Mexico Jazz Workshop is making a big difference in young lives is through our Empowerment Through Music program. The “prevention” component of this program is The South Valley Band Project, free out-of school- time music classes for at-risk and underserved middle schoolers. The “intervention” component of this program, The Digital Technology Project, helps youth who are incarcerated and on probation through therapeutic writing, music composition and digital engineering. They learn to address issues in appropriate ways while gaining valuable skills. It seems simple, but these programs are changing young lives for the better.

Meanwhile, the NMJW Adult Education programming allows musicians and others to explore and develop their skills in music.


What is Roots of Jazz?
Currently in its twentieth year, Roots of Jazz is a 60-minute assembly designed to teach students about the origins of jazz music. Musician and music educator, Frank Leto, backed by a jazz quartet and a dancer, keeps audiences wide-eyed with lively demonstrations of music from Africa, Cuba, Brazil and the United States. The music is neatly woven into a fabric of historical narrative, highlighting the cultural blending that has made jazz such a uniquely American art form.

How do students experience Roots of Jazz?
Seventeen free assemblies are scheduled throughout the academic year, on a first-come first-served basis.

Although we have served almost every Albuquerque Public Elementary School over the course of twenty years, we would like to encourage schools that have never seen the presentation or haven’t had it in a while to give us a call.

What do I do to get Roots of Jazz at my school?
Please contact our Education Coordinator, Debbie Dobson at 505-255-9798, ext.3 or

NMJW Adult Education-Fall 2018

NMJW offers classes for adults of all ages and skill levels. Our long-running classes offer adults a chance to revisit their passion for music in a supportive setting. With classes ranging from Big Band to Jazz Improvisation to voice studies and beyond, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

We offer you various convenient ways to register for classes: either call Debbie Dobson at 505-255-9798 ext. 3, send an email to or register on-line at

Beginning Jazz Guitar
Instructor: Michael Anthony
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
6 Weeks: September 13-October 18
Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 PM

Members/$80; General $95

This introduction to the art, challenges, and joy of improvising jazz on the guitar will includes learning tunes and related scales, arpeggios, chord forms and basic comping. Students will also study phrasing examples, which express the language of jazz as well as techniques to facilitate these ideas. In order to gain “hands-on” experience, a portion of class time will be spent jamming on short progressions. Required textbook for this class: The Ultimate Map for Jazz Guitar by Michael Anthony available through Mel Bay Publishing: 1-800-MEL BAY or www.MELBAY.COM. The book is also available on Please bring an acoustic guitar if possible (or electric with a small amplifier), a note pad and pencil.

Latin Jazz & Improvisation
Instructor: Rodolfo Gonzalez
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
8 Weeks: September 11-October 30
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM

Members/$100; General/$110

This popular class provides a comprehensive first-hand understanding of the main ingredients of Latin jazz rhythms and genres such as bossa nova, salsa and samba. Materials for the class range from compositions of traditional well-known Latin jazz artists, to lesser-known contemporary composers. The instructor writes original arrangements tailor-made for each class. A portion of class time is devoted to music theory and improvisation techniques. Open to both vocalists and instrumentalists. Intermediate level encouraged.

Jazz Ensemble
Instructor: Lewis Winn
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
8 Weeks: September 11-October 30
Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15 PM

Members/$100; General/$110

This 8 week class explores the art of jazz ensemble playing. With the help of veteran ensemble leader Lewis Winn, students choose repertoire, tailoring each arrangement so that everyone can shine. Participants will develop their improvisation techniques, leadership skills, and group sound, as well as improve their overall understanding of a jazz ensemble setting as they prepare for a performance at the end of the course.

Jazz Improvisation
Instructor: Mickey Patten
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
6 Weeks: November 5-December 10
Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM

Members/$80; General/$95

Perfect for beginners and anyone wanting to strengthen their fundamentals, this course covers all the basics of improvisation.. Students will learn how to solo using fundamental tenets of rhythm, harmony, and dynamics. Additional topics covered will include: range, timbre, contour, texture, intervals, accents, and rests.

Jazz Singing
Instructor: Patty Stephens
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
8 Weeks: September 10-October 29
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM

Members/$145; General/$165

This class explores the basic elements of singing a song; tempo, groove, style, form and arrangement. Together we will work on strengthening your voice and polishing your performance. Students will choose songs from the jazz standard repertoire and be accompanied by a professional musician at the final recital. This class is open to singers of all levels and is guaranteed to be a fun and enriching experience.

Community Big Band
Instructor: Henry Estrada
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
10 Weeks: September 12-November 14
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM

Members/$125; General $140

Love big band jazz music? This is the class for you! From playing a variety of great tunes to navigating your way through chord changes and solo sections, this class will have you wailing in your final performance! Proficient music reading skills required.

Real Book Jam
Leaders: Lisa Nichols, Michelle Spiro
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
Saturdays, 10:30-noon, noon – 1:30
ongoing, except for special events TBA
Non – recital class


This is a no-pressure jam that welcomes musicians of all levels to come play on your favorite jazz standards, develop improvisational concepts and forge friendships with other musicians from around the city. Bring your Real Book!


NMJW Adult Education Payment & Refund Policy
Payment for class is due at the time of registration. No refunds are given after a class has started.


Empowerment Through Music (ETM) is the New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s community outreach program that provides access to music education to underserved, at-risk, low income, and incarcerated youth. With a dual focus on both prevention and intervention, young people in economically depressed areas of Albuquerque and in the juvenile justice system are able to learn music in supervised, supportive environments. The goals of the program are to increase self-esteem and prosocial behavior, develop musical proficiency skills, and prevent/reduce contact with the juvenile justice system.

NM Jazz Workshop’s South Valley Band Project

New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s Empowerment Through Music program includes the South Valley Band Project (an after school and summer program for students in Albuquerque’s South Valley. )The South Valley Band Project provides free arts programming to low-income South Valley middle school students during out-of-school hours. Professional musicians teach group classes and provide individual attention to middle school students who want to learn to make music. Instruction includes music appreciation, rhythm, melody, harmony and ensemble playing. The South Valley Band Project is focused on helping keep middle school students engaged and on-track in school and out of trouble – all while learning new skills and having fun playing music.

The South Valley Band Project has joined the Berklee City Music Network, a national network of institutions offering the Berklee PULSE™ music method to under-served teens at no cost to them.

For more on the SVBP, go to

NM Jazz Workshop’s Digital Technology Project

In the Digital Technology Project (DTP), incarcerated youth and/or young people on probation receive instruction in creative writing and digital technology. Classes are held at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center and Warehouse 508. Students learn music theory and music production. Professional musicians mentor the students in creative writing and creative expression. Instruction in songwriting, beat making, performance techniques and recording technology provide students the music production tools they need to give voice to their experience. DTP provides access to needed tools and positive mentoring and serves to relay the message that different life paths are possible. , and the Digital Technology Project for incarcerated youth and youth on probation.

Empowerment Through Music Coordinator, Debo Orlofsky

Debo Orlofsky, M.A., ETM Coordinator, has been an educator and musician in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 26 years. With two Master’s Degrees from the University of New Mexico (Psychology and Education), she taught English as a Second Language, Literacy, and Computer Technology in both North Valley and South Valley schools. Working primarily with high-risk and low-income populations, Debo founded and directed an elementary school chorus of ten years standing that performed at both school and community functions. A professional musician herself, she has been singing in and around ABQ since the mid-1980’s. Debo brings her background in education and love of music to coordinating the Empowerment through Music program. For more on the program, go to