ELLIS MARSALIS CENTER FOR MUSIC INC

aka EMCM   |   New Orleans, LA   |  www.ellismarsaliscenter.org

Mission

Located in the 9th ward, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (the “Center”) broadens opportunities for underserved children, youth and musicians. It provides a safe, positive environment where underserved children and youth develop musically, academically and socially. The Center also delivers strategic assistance and tools to Village musicians that can enhance their professional growth and offers opportunities for musicians throughout the city of New Orleans to perform and record. The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music deeply values its connection to the surrounding community and endeavors to be an ongoing source of information and cultural inspiration to residents of the Ninth Ward in particular, and to the broader New Orleans community as a whole.

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Ann Marie Wilkins

Main address

1901 Bartholomew St

New Orleans, LA 70117 USA

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EIN

20-4218706

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The children who live in the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music's (EMCM) catchment area of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans have great promise but are at great risk. Their neighborhoods have some of the highest rates of concentrated poverty and the lowest rates of educational achievement in the city. Nearly half the students in EMCM's Music Education Program live in single-parent households and more than eighty percent qualify free or reduced school lunch programs. Ninety-five percent are African American, in a city with significant racial disparities in health, poverty, exposure to violence, trauma, and incarceration. The majority of EMCM's students enter the program at least two years below grade level in reading and three-to-five levels behind in math.

Our programs

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Children and Youth Music Education Program

About the Ellis Marsalis Center After-School and Summer Programs

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (EMCM) is a place where children are at the heart of our mission of training the next generation of New Orleans musicians. We see music lessons and arts education as tools that help young people learn discipline and dedication, and allows them to explore their creativity.

In the Fall and Spring, we operate an after-school and Saturday program that focuses on teaching the fundamentals of instrumental music, dance and music theory, in addition to computer instruction and homework help.

In the Summer, we engage our youth through a wide variety of music, dance, reading and math instruction to enhance and cultivate their creativity.

Course Offerings

Enrolled students are provided with an instrument, and all have the opportunity to take beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons in:

· Piano (mandatory for all students except those taking Dance or Saturday classes)

· Strings - Violin, Viola and Cello

· Guitar - Acoustic and Bass Guitar

· Percussion and Drums (weekdays only)

· Woodwinds

o Clarinet

o Flute

o Saxophone

· Brass

o Trumpet

o Trombone

· Music Theory (mandatory for all students except those taking Dance or Saturday classes)

· Dance

· Voice (weekdays only)

· Computer Literacy (weekdays only)

· Homework Assistance (weekdays only)

· Mardi Gras Indian Beading (Saturdays and Summer only)

· Music Production (Saturdays and Summer only)

· Video Production (Saturdays only for ages 13–18)

· Audio and Lighting Production (Summer and by select engagements only)

· Intern Opportunities (available year-round)

All students have an opportunity to participate in recitals at the end of each semester.

In addition, the Center is equipped with four practice rooms that allows students to sign up for times to practice in private, soundproof booths.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

EMCM was the vision of musicians, Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, who sought to preserve the music and cultural traditions of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Eleven years later, EMCM serves more than 500 young people annually in a state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot building with a 170-seat performance hall, a recording studio, teaching facilities, and computer, dance and piano labs.
EMCM's flagship Music Education Program provides arts-focused youth development programs for children, ages 7 to 18, after school, on Saturdays, and throughout the summer. Consistent with the philosophy of its namesake, Ellis Marsalis, students receive instruction in piano and music theory, and have the opportunity to attend classes in woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice, dance, computer literacy and tutoring, as well as individual counseling and nutrition support. Older youth, ages 13 to 18, have access to training and internships in video, audio, and lighting production, with career exploration and apprenticeship opportunities. The Center also provides rehearsal, recording and performance space for adult musicians along with music business workshops and performance opportunities that include up-and-coming musicians as well as local legends.

The foundation of the Music Education Program's design and the influence that ensures its effectiveness is the curriculum and pedagogical approach, which was developed by the Center's namesake, Ellis Marsalis. Mr. Marsalis has over fifty years of experience as a jazz musician and music educator and has implemented award-winning music education programs at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of New Orleans. His students have included world-renowned musicians such as his sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis; Harry Connick, Jr.; Terrance Blanchard; and Nicholas Payton.

With the curriculum in place, the Music Education Program's second most important resource is highly educated and skilled instructors. The Music Education Program has three sections: school year after school program, a Saturday program, and a six-week summer session. The after-school program includes twice-weekly sessions that include the following:
a. group instruction in an instrument of the students' choice (with individual instruction for a subset of promising students);
b. group piano instruction (with individual instruction for a subset of promising students);
c. group music theory instruction;
d. academic tutoring and literacy and math enrichment;
e. nutrition education and access to healthy foods; and
f. counseling and referral services.
Saturdays include instruction in students' instrument of choice. The summer session includes:
a. group instruction in an instrument of the students' choice (with individual instruction for a subset of promising students);
b. group piano instruction (with individual instruction for a subset of promising students);
c. group music theory instruction;
d. nutrition education and access to healthy foods;
e. counseling and referral services; and
f. academic tutoring and literacy and math enrichment, which includes enhanced support for students who are identified as working below grade level in math or literacy.
This schedule, when combined with the skills and education required to provide such sophisticated music education to children, requires a full cadre of unique instructors.

Since opening its doors in 2011, EMCM has developed a reputation for offering outstanding music education and adult musician support services. The Center has provided music education to more than 1,500 children and youth from the surrounding Ninth Ward and Gentilly neighborhoods, helping them learn a musical instrument and increase school performance and attendance. As a result, these young people have increased their music skills, academic performance, social skills, and connection to their cultural heritage.In 2017, Students who scored less than a 67% in Reading or 60% in Math pre-assessment (through IXL) were assigned to 60 minutes a day of Enrichment classes. At the end of the session, there was an increase of 12% on the math post-test, and a 40% increase on the English post-test. That's up from from 2016, which saw a 10% growth Reading/English, and 23% increase in Math.
Dozens of youth have learned how to produce high-quality video and audio productions. More than 100 local musicians have increased their financial sustainability through their work with the Center as participants in our music industry professional development opportunities, as performers in our community concert series, or through the use of our recording studio and/or computer lab to produce and market their work.

Financials

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ELLIS MARSALIS CENTER FOR MUSIC INC

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ann Marie Wilkins