JAS teaming up with Take Note Colorado to present summer music workshops at local libraries
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Music and reading: two of the most important things for growing minds. This summer, libraries across the country will take part in the National Collaborative Summer Library Program: Libraries Rock! In Colorado, Jazz Aspen Snowmass is teaming up with Take Note Colorado--an initiative led by Governor John Hickenlooper and Isaac Slade of Colorado-based band The Fray--to present Beat Lab workshops at the Glenwood Springs and Basalt Libraries in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.

Led by JAS In Schools instructor Mark Johnson, the JAS Beat Lab aims to educate students on the concepts and creation of electronic music and tracks. The program will also help students to compose on their instrument and learn to arrange their compositions with other members in the workshop. In a time when the arts are being cut from public school curriculums, programs like these are more important than ever.

For more information on Take Note Colorado and Libraries Rock! check out the video above with banjo picker Gov. Hickenlooper and Fray lead singer Isaac Slade and see below for workshop meeting times and locations as well as how to reserve a spot.

The summer program gets underway on June 11 with a free camp that lasts through June 15. The daily sessions will take place at the Basalt Library from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration for the camp begins May 21 and spots are limited. To reserve a spot send an email to either jazzaspensnowmass@jazzaspensnowmass.org or erin.hollingsworth@basaltlibrary.org.

After the camp, individual workshops take place at at the Basalt Library on Tuesday afternoons from 4-5pm in June and 3:30-5pm in July. The Basalt workshops will wrap up on August 14. The Glenwood Springs workshops kick off on June 21 and will continue on Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. until Aug. 2. To secure a spot for the individual sessions email jazzaspensnowmass@jazzaspensnowmass.org.

The Jazz Aspen Snowmass June and Labor Day Experiences as well as the JAS Cafe concert sereis all boast amazing lineups this summer. Click here to find lineup and ticket info on AXS.