Frequently ASKED Questions
How do I know if my child is eligible to enroll?
Students must be at least 8 years old and no older than 18 years old. No prior musical experience is required. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
EMCM proudly serves the Ninth Ward and New Orleans East communities. Priority is given to students living in Musicians’ Village and the surrounding Upper Ninth Ward neighborhood. Students living in the following zip codes are also eligible: 70117, 70126, 70127, 70128, 70129, 70032, and 70122.
Students living outside of these areas may contact the Center to determine eligibility.
How much does it cost to enroll my child in the music program?
The registration fee for the Spring, Summer, and Fall programs is $30.00 per student per semester.
What form of payment do you take?
The Center accepts cash, credit cards, and money orders. Money orders are payable to EMCM or Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. We do not take personal checks.
Does my child need prior musical training or experience to participate?
No. The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music accepts students at all levels of musical ability.
Do you require students to be vaccinated?
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.
How can I get more information or ask a specific question?
For more information, please call us at 504-940-3400 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.