NM Jazz Workshop's Digital Technology Project



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

Generation Justice interview: Listen to the young people of Generation Justice interview two Digital Technology Project teachers, Alyson Steinman and Audra Blea. Generation Justice trains youth in radio broadcasting, blogging, video blogging, and digital story telling. Their mission is to inspire youth to become media makers committed to social transformation.

our instructors

John Sanchez

John A. Sanchez teaches incarcerated youth in the Digital Technology Project. Outside his Empowerment Through Music work, he has worked as a patient advocate in hospital customer service and employee relations and administration. John is a vocalist, rapper, and song writer who has performed locally and nationally for over 20 years. His band, The Shine, plays a range of music, including blues, soul, rock, and hip hop.

Digital Technology Alumni Instructors

Jonathan "Janapriya" Levine

Audra Blea

Ashley "Saywut?!" Moyer

Dominic "Dahm Life" Ruiz

Alyson Steinman