New Orleans’ free music education and academic mentoring program.
The Roots of Music Program fills a void in music education programs in New Orleans educational institutions.
Where marching bands were always an integral part of the New Orleans middle schools, this has changed drastically after Katrina and many schools don’t offer music programs anymore.
Today the program serves almost 100 students, making up a full marching band that is successfully parading the city since Mardi Gras 2009.
The program provides music education in history, theory, instrumental instruction and ensemble performance. Furthermore, academic tutoring is offered to ensure the students maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in school.
Participation in the Roots of Music is free for the students but attendance is mandatory. Program hours are Tuesday through Friday 4-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm at the Louisiana State Museum in the Cabildo.
RoM students arrive at Roots of Music and go directly to tutoring for the first half of the program. Our children then break up into his/her musical section; working hands-on with their music instructor. We also provide our students with a hot meal – thanks to our wonderful parents and the Conwill Family Foundation for the delicious dinners. The children are then dismissed by 7pm. Students are walked to the buses provided by Roots of Music and safely brought home.
The program has become so popular that we currently have a waiting list for new students.
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The Roots of Music – Mardi Gras 2009 – Orpheus Parade