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Music for Life

MUSIC FOR LIFE is a music mentorship program that provides 80 low-income, underserved students with the opportunity to study music intensively in one-on-one and small-group settings with both LPO musicians and peers. Throughout the school year and during a summer session, LPO mentors help students learn music theory, instrument technique, and other ways to connect with music and harness the mental, physical, and creative prowess critical to healthy youth development.

In addition to weekly mentoring sessions, the LPO offers Music for Life participants and their families access to free musician ensemble performances, free tickets to the LPO Family Concert Series, and a free concert for the Tremé community featuring Music for Life youth musicians. Music for Life students also perform throughout the year at local festivals and other events.

Music for Life takes place at four partner sites around New Orleans:

Anna’s Place New Orleans, a Tremé-based youth organization offers out-of-school arts education and enrichment programming to increase academic success, bolster self-esteem, instill a genuine appreciation for diversity and an affinity for community service, and cultivate a keen appreciation for creativity.
Homer A. Plessy School uses the Plessy Strings Program to teach not only excellent musicianship but also valuable life skills that are beneficial beyond the music classroom and that work to build community through the process of making music.
Esperanza Charter School has an after-school program that supports an understanding and appreciation of orchestral music, provides students with the knowledge and skills to continue playing their instruments outside of the program, helps build students’ self-esteem, and offers children safe and productive activities for their out-of-school time.
KIPP Morial Middle, formerly known as KIPP McDonogh 15, has begun to work with LPO's musicians in the 2017-2018 school year.

Music for Life responds to the need for youth in New Orleans to participate in life-affirming, arts-integrated activities that have been proven to benefit children’s cognitive, emotional, and social skills, and to close the student achievement gap. The need for this program was determined after consulting with Tremé community leaders and examining musicoriented after-school programming available in the Tremé neighborhood. Music for Life aligns with Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy, NOLA for Life, and responds to his call to place instruments, instead of guns, in the hands of New Orleans youth. Ultimately, the LPO aims for this program to support civic development through music education and cultural enrichment that will increase the Tremé neighborhood’s vibrancy and livability.

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Music for Life student musicians playing in front of columns of the Peristyle at New Orleans City Park

Sponsored by:

Peyback Foundation New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc. Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute


Baptist Community Ministries

Our Music for Life mentors include:

Xiao Fu Violin
Eva Liebhaber Violin
Elizabeth Overweg Violin
Tyler Sieh Viola
Rachel Hsieh Cello
Kent Jensen Cello
Paul Macres Bass
Stephen Orejudos Trumpet
Evan Conroy Trombone
Matt Wright Trombone
David Salay Percussion

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