Therapeutic Songwriting for Veterans

Sunday, May 20th, 2018 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Sandia Resort & Casino, Albuquerque

Veterans and songwriters spend the day together discussing the veteran experience and work to create music reflecting that experience. The workshop is free to all veterans regardless of service. You must register for this orientation at to attend. Seating is limited.

Sponsored by The New Mexico Music Awards, New Mexico Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from listen!ABQ, The New Mexico Music Commission and jason’s music publishing.but  For more information, go to and

This program is sponsored by New Mexico Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from New Mexico Arts and the Military, listen!ABQ, and the New Mexico Music Commission.


New Mexico Jazz Workshop Educational Programs for Summer 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.


June 4-15, 2018 Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 2:30 pm Public Academy for Performing Arts, 118000 Princess Jeanne NE (Just off of Juan Tabo)


Camp Bee-Jammin’ is an integrated arts camp comprised of engaging and fun classes. Kids learn about a wide variety of art forms – from drama to visual art, dance to drumming, singing, jam band and more. There is something for everyone at Camp Bee-Jammin’! It’s a great way for kids to socialize in a supportive environment as they explore the arts in a fun way!


Pricing for 2018:

One child-$340, additional siblings are $305 each (a 10% discount). Payment plans available, call Education Coordinator Debbie Dobson at 505-255-9798, ext. 3 for more information. Follow us on twitter at #campbeejammin for more details, and we will be live tweeting during camp so parents, grandparents, and friends can follow the fun!

Rock Explosion

Monday-Friday, June 4th-15th, 2018 9:00 am-12:15 pm Public Academy for Performing Arts (11800 Princess Jeanne NE, ABQ)

A Rock Camp for kids ages 10-13! Learn to play like a rock star! If you always wanted to jam like a rock star, this is your chance! Two fun-filled weeks of learning and creating rock music! Instruments will be provided. No experience is needed, just the desire to make music and perform! All instructors are professional musicians and rock stars themselves!

There will be a final performance for friends and family on the final day so kids can show off their new skills!

JAZZ CAMP-Four-week youth music camp for grades 7 to 12

Monday-Friday, June 4th-28th, 2018 8:45 am – Noon Public Academy for Performing Arts (11800 Princess Jeanne NE, ABQ)

$425, additional siblings: $382 (a 10% discount)

Payment plan available. Enroll now, limited slots!

If you’re interested in Jazz, then this camp is for you! With an emphasis on soloing, participants will explore the art of Jazz by studying a variety of Jazz styles while also learning music theory to build skills and confidence. Small combo work will integrate skills in improvisation and reading, with an emphasis on listening and group interaction. Build your Jazz playing & improvisation skills in a supportive, engaging environment. Camp eligibility is based on a minimum of 1 year experience playing an instrument, proficiency with scales (or keeping rhythm
if a percussionist). Previous experience playing Jazz is not a requirement. Build skills & confidence in soloing and small combo work. Classes divided by skill level. A portion of each day is reserved for listening to, and discussing, Jazz trends, artists, and history. Participants will present an end-of-camp concert for parents and friends on the final day, June 29th, at 10:30 am. To find out more, go to

Click here to register on-line!


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-Summer 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 Maud Beenhouwer, Adult Education Coordinator at 505-255-9798 ext. 2, send an email to or just simply register on-line for NMJW Adult Education classes by Clicking here!

Vocal Technique

Instructor: Diane Richardson
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
6 Weeks: June 7-July 12
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 PM
Members/$100; General $120

Improve your skills and confidence level as a jazz vocalist! Join an ensemble for vocalists designed to address the basic elements of vocal technique: breath management, intonation, tone quality, and phrasing. Learn to identify and balance vocal registers and improve vocal resonance and flexibility. Support your own vocal health by learning techniques to protect your voice from misuse and overuse.

Latin Jazz & Improvisation

Instructor: Rodolfo Gonzalez
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
8 Weeks: June 5-July 24
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Members/$100; General/$110

This popular class gives 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 and musicians. 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 Brain

Instructor: Lewis Winn
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
6 Weeks: June 5-July 24
Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15 pm PM
Members: $55/section or $100/both
General: $65/section or $120/both

1. Jazz Brain Basics: June 5– June 26
The Jazz Brain courses will present the essential information you will need in order to play jazz in any setting, including many of
our ensemble classes. Part I will focus on the basics: chords & scales, how they’re related, and how they’re used in common
chord progressions. A better understanding of these basics (and plenty of practice time!) is essential to developing the ability to make the sounds you want to hear. Train your brain!

2. Jazz Brain Beyond: July 3 – July 24
Part II of the Jazz Brain series will explore the diatonic world in more depth and then go beyond into the non-diatonic (exotic!) sounds. The goal is to expand the improviser’s ability to freely converse using the language (and slang!) of Jazz in a wider
variety of musical settings. Improve your improv!

Blues Guitar

Instructor: Dan Dowling
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
6 Weeks: June 6-July 18 (no class on July 4)
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Members/$75; General/$90

This six week course will explore a variety of blues guitar styles such as 12/8 blues, Minor blues, Chicago Riff blues, jazz blues, Boogie Woogie blues and more. Both fingerstyle and pickstyle playing will be explored. Scales, chords, and major blues artist transcriptions will also be covered.

All levels welcome.

Basic of Music Arranging

Instructor: Roger Baker
NM Jazz Workshop, 5500 Lomas NE
6 Weeks: June 4-July 9
Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Members/$75; General $90

If you’ve ever heard a piece of music, you’ve heard an arrangement. If you’ve ever played a piece of music, you’ve played an arrangement. Learn how to make yours more creative and interesting. Get the tricks of the trade through audio and audio/visual examples of the great arrangers and performers as well as Mr. Baker’s own works. Concepts can be applied to any size group or style, from solo instruments to stage bands; rock to jazz to Latin to country. The course will also touch on scales, chord progressions, and articulations. Includes a 23 page booklet of notes and examples. All levels welcome.
Community Jams

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

We offer you various convenient ways to register for classes: either call Maud Beenhouwer at 505-255-9798, ext. 2, send an email to or register on-line.

Click here to register on-line!

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