New to the Ellis Marsalis Center?

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Parent or Caregiver
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Musician or
Recording Artist
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Community Member 

Not everyone is going to be a musician. Not everyone wants to be a musician. But the lessons and discipline and experience that music comes with…is beneficial to any developing mind.

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Parent or Caregiver

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is home to a world-class music education program where youth ages 8 to 18 can learn to sing, dance, and play an instrument of their choice. We also offer a Healthy Habits program that includes counseling, nutritious meals, and more to support the whole child—regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

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Musician or Recording Artist

Our Center is located in the Musicians’ Village where music is a way of life. Our facility also boasts a state-of-the-art recording studio and a sought-after listening room, where we welcome some of the greatest local and touring artists of our time.

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Community Member

We believe music is a catalyst for social change, and we live that value by opening our doors and inviting the people of New Orleans to join us—for piano lessons, volunteer opportunities, affordable concerts, and more.