The Center proudly serves the 9th Ward and New Orleans East communities. As such, new students must live in one of the following zip codes: 70117, 70126, 70127, 70128, 70129, 70032 and 70122.

Students must be at least 7 years old and no older than 18 years old.

No prior musical experience is required.

Priority is given to students living in Musicians' Village and the surrounding Upper 9th Ward neighborhood.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis.



The registration fee for the Spring, Summer and Fall programs is $30.00 per student per semester.

The registration fee is non-refundable.

The Center accepts cash, credit card or money order. Money Orders are payable to EMCM or Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. (We do not take personal checks.)


How to Register

  • Registration forms are available at the Center. To request a copy of the registration form, please visit us, call us at 504-940-3400 or email emcm@ellismarsaliscenter.org.
  • Fill out one form per child, and submit it with the $30.00 registration fee in person at the Center.
  • If the classes are full for the session, please consider joining our Waiting List. To be added to the Waiting List, please email your child's full name, address, phone number, email address and the class you are interested in to emcm@ellismarsaliscenter.org.


For more information, please call us at 504-940-3400 or email us at emcm@ellismarsaliscenter.org.