youth programs

Since 1994, NMJW has positively affected the lives of over 100,000 local youth through quality music education programming.


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Jazz Camp for grades 7 to 12


Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm

In person: PAPA (Public Academy for Performing Arts)

11800 Princess Jeanne Ave NE


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If you’re interested in jazz, then Jazz Camp is for you! The New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s popular camp will  be led this year by instructors Cesar Bauvallet and Asher Barreras. This fun program will, build the campers' jazz playing and improvisational skills in a supportive and engaging environment.

At Jazz Camp, you can build your skills and confidence in soloing and music theory. The small group size allows for lots of individual attention. Students will apply theoretical concepts through improvisation, interpretation, arranging, and soloing. Jazz Camp is a great way to improve your skills, make new friends and have a fun time.

Classes are divided by skill level and prior jazz experience is not required. Students are eligible to attend Jazz Camp if they have a minimum of 1 year experience playing an instrument and proficiency with scales. Percussionists must be able to keep rhythm. 

For more information contact Mara at [email protected]


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What is Roots of Jazz?

Currently in its 20th year, Roots of Jazz is a one-hour 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?

On a first-come first-serve basis, we schedule 17 free assemblies throughout the academic year.

We have served almost every Albuquerque Public Elementary School over our history, but we encourage schools that have never hosted the presentation or haven't scheduled 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, Mara Sobotka, at [email protected] or (505) 255-9798, extension 1.