New Mexico Jazz Workshop
Committed to employing New Mexico’s musicians and providing unlimited access to a higher quality of life through education and performance. NMJW utilizes social programs and performance to connect the community with the essence of jazz – creating a more empowered and vibrant community.
Creative Arts Camp Ages 6 through 12, this engaging two week Summer Camp includes instruction in art, dance, and music.
Empowerment Through Music and includes the South Valley Band Project and the Digital Technology Program) A community music education program reaching under served, underrepresented and underprivileged youth populations. Programs are presented both in area community centers and public schools with the cooperation of the City of Albuquerque and County of Bernalillo and in the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center for incarcerated and at-risk youth.
Roots of Jazz Ages 6 through 11, this one hour performance class is designed to introduce children to basic rhythms and a history of Jazz music. It is generally presented in a school assembly format and we visit at least 17 Albuquerque Public Elementary schools each year.
Jazz Intensive Ages 12-18, this is a summer immersion program and offers students an in depth study of jazz improvisation and jazz history. The class meets two hours a day for six weeks. Taught by experienced educators, the course also includes clinics by some of New Mexico’s top jazz musicians.
Youth Honor Bands Ages 12-18, these three city –wide audition based bands (one mid school and two high school) give young people the opportunity to play Big Band music with other students from around the city. They focus on improved music reading skills, improved improvisational skills and overall improved musicianship.