Make Music NOLA

Make Music NOLA

Make Music NOLA is a full scholarship music-for-social-change program. MMN provides instruction on the violin, viola, cello, and double bass to students that are eligible for free or reduced lunch in Orleans Parish. All students attend classes four hours a week at community centers and partner schools around the city. Additionally, MMN’s students perform up to fifteeen concerts a year, participate in guest artist visits and workshops, attend performances around the city, and are given an instrument to borrow for the duration of the time they’re in the program. MMN also partners with three local charter schools for in-school K-4 general music programs. Last year, MMN students performed at school awards ceremonies, pep rallies, and winter concerts, in addition to community performances at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the Ogden Museum’s Family Day, the NORDC Cultural Programs Showcase, Leading Educators Graduation, A Studio In the Wood’s Forestival, live on WHIV, the Bell Artspace Campus Grand Opening, a holiday event at YAYA, and two program-wide recitals at the NORDC Gernon Brown Center. Additionally, MMN students participated in workshops with T-Ray the Violinist, musicians from Preservation Hall, the Plymouth State University Choir, the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival, and the head of the string program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. This past summer, MMN partnered with Peabody Conservatory’s TunedIn program for a week long intensive Creative Composition workshop. Students participated in nightly workshops, listened to talks by Givonna Joseph of Opera Creole and Matt Sakakeeny, Professor of Ethnomusicology at Tulane University, and performed for over 500 school leaders at the National PTA Convention. For more information, visit: www.makemusicnola.org

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