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

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A logo shaped like a ship with four sails. Each one features a different part of Creative Arts Camp: dance, music, art, and drama.

Creative Arts Camp Returns!

After a long hiatus, the NMJW's Creative Arts Camp is returning this June! CAC is an engaging arts-based day camp for kids entering grades 1-6 that includes pre-assigned morning classes (by age) that are developed to give each camper a balance of music, art, drama and movement.

Afternoon classes are mixed ages and include electives where campers can focus on different areas of interest. The classes range from high-energy to quiet and calm with each instructor bringing a unique and skilled approach. A final performance for family and friends wraps up each session.


(Registration open from March 6 - May 26, 2023 for session A; June 10, 2023 for session B)

Creative Arts Campers 2015


Campers are required to bring a sack lunch and encouraged to bring water bottles and sunscreen. All other materials (instruments, art supplies, snacks, etc.) will be supplied by Creative Arts Camp.

Tuition: $475* / session
Session A Date: June 5-16, 2023
Session B Date: June 19-30, 2023
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Monday - Friday

*scholarships available based on need; application coming soon!
*sibling / multi-session discount available


SESSION A: Albuquerque School of Excellence

13201 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112

SESSION B: Public Academy for Performing Arts

11800 Princess Jeanne Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112

Jazz Camp (for grades 7 to 12)

Registration Opens March 2023

JUNE 5-30, 2023

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm

In person: Public Academy for Performing Arts

11800 Princess Jeanne Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112

Tuition: $450
Session Date: June 5-30, 2023
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM Monday - Friday | Final performance on the last day


(Registration open from March 6 - May 19, 2023)

If you’re interested in learning how to play jazz, then Jazz Camp is for you!

The New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s popular camp will be led by instructors Cesar Bauvallet and Asher Barreras. This fun program will build campers' jazz playing and improvisational skills in a supportive, 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].

What is Roots of Jazz?

Going into its 21st 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.

How do I bring Roots of Jazz to my school?

Contact our Education Coordinator, Mara Starr-Newman, at [email protected].


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