Bonnie Schmader
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Instruction and Curriculum Development:

  • Private Music Instructor 1990 - present
  • Director of La Mesa Arts Academy 2017 - present
  • Musicians Without Borders International Training Program, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2017
  • Contract instructor for Albuquerque Public Schools and Rio Rancho Public Schools 2009 - present
  • Co-instructor for Expressive Arts Communication Through Non-Violence Workshop, APIS Foundation for Equality, Merida Yucatan, Mexico 2016
  • Mentor and coach for the Clinical Musicians Program, 2010-2011
  • Committee and Council Member of the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians, 2010-2011
  • Guitar Instructor for Central Arizona College, 1992-1994
  • Flute instructor for Mesa Community College 1987-89

Presentations and Workshops:

  • Improvisation presentation for the New Mexico Composers Symposium, October 2014
  • "The Healing Power of Music" workshop for Vessel Health, 2016-2017
  • Expressive Arts  Workshops for Bernalillo County Open Space, 2013-2014
  • “Playing by Ear: How to Improvise Therapeutic Music”, seminar for the Clinical Musicians Program, 2010
  • Therapeutic Music Roundtable Program for the Clinical Musicians Program, 2010 
  • Co-presenter and Therapeutic Musician for Centering and Relaxation Sessions and special Healing performances for The Center for Action And Contemplation International Conference 2009
  • Guest Speaker for civic groups on “The Power of Music” 2009-present
  • Co-presenter at Therapeutic Music Session for Elder Abuse Prevention Conference, 2009 and 2010
  • Radio Interview on KUNM’s Freeform Program about Therapeutic Music Work, 2009
  • Therapeutic Group Music and Relaxation Sessions at Casa Esperanza Cancer Center 2007
  • Co-instructor and Musician for Yoga and Relaxation Class at New Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, 2006-2008
  • Presenter for Bernalillo County Public Library Programs, 2001 - to present

Grant Writing and Administration

  • “Arts for Hearts” Grant from the Albert I. Pierce Foundation for Cardiac Music and Healing Arts Programs
  • New Mexico Arts grant for La Mesa Arts Academy
  • New Heart Grant - therapeutic music for cardiac rehabilitation


  • Artist-in-Residence at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, 2017
  • Concordia Wind Ensemble, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2015 - present
  • The Bollywood Project
  • Two Roses, flute/harp duo
  • Albuquerque Worldwind Quintet
  • Orchestral musician, 2nd flute/piccolo with Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra
  • New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus orchestra
  • Cultural Arts Festivals, Merida, Yucatan  Mexico, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Out of Context Orchestra 
  • Theater Grottesco 
  • Musical Theater Southwest, 
  • Albuquerque Little Theatre
  • Outpost Performance Space
  • Kimo Theater
  • University of New Mexico
  • Jazz Flute Big Band debut concert at the National Flute Association Convention, 2007
  • City of Albuquerque, Cultural Services Department, Senior Affairs, Parks and Recreation, Aviation
  • Bosque School, Department of Fine Arts
  • Orchestral musician, 2nd flute/piccolo with Mesa Symphony Orchestra

Therapeutic Music Experience: 

  • Therapeutic musician for Alliance Home Healthcare and Hospice, 2013 - present
  • Therapeutic musician for University of New Mexico Hospital’s Arts in Medicine Program - January 2007 to 2012
  • Therapeutic musician at Lovelace Women’s Hospital April 2009 - 2011
  • Volunteer therapeutic musician for AmberCare Hospice, 2009
  • Therapeutic musician at New Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center – 2007-2009


  • “Staff Music:  Exploring the Unsung Benefits of Therapeutic Music on Medical Staff “, from The Harp Therapy Journal, Spring 2011.
  • “Therapeutic Music in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”,  NSBTM Fact Sheet


  • Certified Clinical Musician, 2011
  • B.M. Flute Performance, Arizona State University 1989