Meet our Staff
Kevin has been deeply rooted in the Albuquerque music community for nearly a decade, educating aspiring musicians as well as writing and performing his own music. He has released 5 studio albums, the most recent of which, "Stubborn Heart", released in 2018.
Kevin has a passion and a knack for bringing together people in community, and common purpose. He routinely gigs around the southwest, collaborating with a myriad of talented musicians.
Kevin founded Rock 101 Summer Sessions in 2011, shortly after finishing his business degree at UNM. He has a solid understanding of professional musicianship, and he expects to bring out the best in his students and fellow instructors.
Kenny has studied music theory and composition for three years at UNM, and sang bass in the UNM Dolce Suono choir. He has been playing drums for twelve years and ukulele for nine years. He likes collaborating with friends and local musicians, and has experience in folk, jazz, rock, rap, electronic music, and more. He is currently a member of the local bands Eileen & the In-Betweens, Brush Strokes, and Ugly Robot, with whom he is honing his songwriting and showmanship abilities.
For the last 25 years I have played guitar. Beyond being a constant creative and emotional outlet, music has been the absolute center of my life for most of my time here and a constant source of momentum and insight. I currently play in an ever-growing list of bands, though the two most constant are GRAL Brothers and The Handsome Family. Recording, composing and experimenting with sounds also fills my time whenever I am not touring, teaching at Rock 101 and UNM and/or general contracting work. For me, music is dependent on balance, patience, commitment and authenticity. My approach to teaching is to not only empower my students through music but also to encourage the development of their individual voices and creative endeavors. Rock 101 is a standing example of the community that is possible through music and I truly feel honored to be a part of it.
Greg has been a percussionist in Albuquerque for the past 16 years. He participated in various concert bands, jazz bands, and marching bands in high school. In addition to the drums, Greg picked up the harmonica five years ago. He graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Audio Engineering and Technology. Greg was the drummer, harmonica player, and recording engineer for local trio, Wildewood. Greg currently plays with Le Chat Lunatique, Free Fall, and an assortment of local songwriters. Some of Greg's biggest influences include the drummers Brian Blade, Jay Bellerose, and harmonica players Sonny Boy Williamson, and Junior Wells.
Emmanuel graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans where he studied Jazz Piano Performance and Music Industry studying under Larry Sieberth, John Mahoney, and Ray Moore. He is an active member of the local music scene, working as a both a session musician and frontman for many recordings, as well as live performances. His piano and guitar playing have been featured in Jazz, Contemporary, and even Electro-Acoustic Ensembles. On the industry side of the Music Business, Emmanuel has worked in Artist Relations and Production Coordination for events such as the Gretna Heritage and Arts Festival, Jazzfest, Voodoofest, Buku, in addition to many others.
His curriculum utilizes a balance of music theory, repertoire construction, and improvisational technique to develop each individual’s love and knowledge of all genres of music. Emmanuel works to ensure that students are engaged by learning songs within their musical tastes, whilst still earning the essentials of music theory. Emmanuel’s strong background in Jazz and Blues Rock performance in addition to Festival and Event Production brings a unique element to Rock 101 NM.
Dustin is a local self-taught musician and guitarist, since the age of 13, playing in bands with close friends throughout his high school and college years. As an instructor, Dustin aims to instill a deeper connection, love, and curiosity for music in every student while cultivating their individual ability, musicality, and "feel" for the music they're interested in producing. When not plunging, head-first, down the rabbit hole of music, he spends his time with his dog Heidi, playing games (of all varieties), drawing, reading, snowboarding, hiking, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. Now part of the Rock 101 crew, he couldn't be happier getting to share his passion with others.
Since embarking on his musical journey at the age of 10, Matthew has developed an overwhelming love and passion for the art form. He studies a multitude of music genres, including jazz, funk, latin, folk, and rock. His extensive studies in jazz theory earned him a spot to play bass in the top Jazz Band at the University of New Mexico. Matthew has also taken his music expertise on the road, touring the southwest with a jazz quartet, and co-teaching a master class at Southern Utah University. Matthew performs with several Albuquerque based musical groups, including Sol de la Noche, The Mumbo Jumbo Jazz Band, Five Mile Float, and The Jonathan Rodriguez Quartet. He currently spends his time playing piano for the National Dance Institute, teaching private lessons, and gigging around town. His goal as an instructor is to inspire his students to develop a strong passion for music by teaching them the fundamentals that are required to be a successful musician.
Additional Summer Staff
Kyle studied music education at Scottsdale Community College, and student taught under Erica Costello at Cleveland Middle School in 2007. Kyle has been teaching private piano, voice, bass and guitar lessons for several years, and has been a part of the Rock 101 instructor team since 2011.
Issac has had a fascination with music his entire life. He has been studying music formally since 4th grade and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music education and a Masters in Music Theory & Composition. Issac has been teaching music lessons for over 5 years and has been a member of the Rock 101 crew since 2012. Issac is an active local musician who is currently a member of Metal and Country bands in the Albuquerque area. Along with playing, Issac also has a passion for recording music. He believes that a well rounded teacher/performer should always strive to improve and expand as a musician.
Sage Harrington is an extremely talented local songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She cultivates an upbeat and supportive atmosphere where students of all ages can learn essential technique and build performance skills. Along with directing our Ukulele Club, Sage teaches private music lessons on the ukulele, violin, and voice.
Jared Putnam has lived in Albuquerque since 1989. When he is not happily slapping his bass with Le Chat Lunatique, you might find him: Playing songs/making videos/writing songs for, Sage and Jared’s Happy Gland Band, teaching kids music at Rock 101, juggling, putting food into containers at a grocery store, or waxing his mustache. Here are some things Jared used to do: Study music at UNM. Listen to nothing but Death Metal. Play music with Hector Pimentel, Syd Masters, Lynn Anderson (sometimes he still plays with Syd Masters). Live in New York, Iowa and California. Try growing a mustache. Fun Facts about Jared: His dad was the Art Director of MAD Magazine. His dad’s mother’s husband’s brother’s wife was Amelia Earhart. His dad’s mother wrote, “The Mummy” which starred Boris Karloff. Jared has been to all of these countries: Germany, Japan, India, Egypt, Lebanon, Chile, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Serbia, England, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.