EMCM proudly serves the 9th Ward and New Orleans East communities. Registration is now open with priority given to students living in the following zip codes: 70117, 70126, 70127, 70128, 70129, 70032, and 70122. Students living outside of these areas may contact the Center to determine eligibility.

Students must be at least 8 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. Students living outside of these areas may contact the Center to determine eligibility.

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

Vaccine Requirements

EMCM follows the vaccine guidelines established by NOLA Public Schools and requires students to be in compliance with school district regulations which include proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. In alignment with NOLA Public Schools, EMCM families may now claim a COVID-19 vaccine exemption for medical, philosophical, or religious purposes. If you would like to request a COVID-19 exemption, please provide us with a copy of your approved exemption from the school district with your registration form.


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

  • CLICK HERE to complete a registration form electronically. To complete the form, please begin by clicking “start”. Fill in all required fills and check any boxes that apply to your student. Once you’ve signed the form electronically, you will be prompted to submit your form. A confirmation of your submission will automatically be sent to the email you provided on the form.
  • 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