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.
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), 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. She performed as the lead singer of Splinter Fish, a seminal alternative band on the ABQ music scene and was invited to sing with Animal Opera, a local group of "all-stars" that rocked the NM desert with African dance music through the mid-90's. These days, Debo sings and plays accordion in the country blues band, Alpha Blue, and the klezmer group, The Rebbe's Orkestra, as well as fronting Saudade, ABQ’s Brazilian jazz quintet. In her own Big Rock Studio, she has been the recording and mixing engineer for several homegrown musical projects including “Demonic Lovely”, the debut CD by Le Chat Lunatique. Debo brings her background in education and love of music to coordinating the Empowerment through Music program.
Empowerment Through Music would not be possible without the generous support of the following sponsors