Education and Community Engagement

The Preservation Hall Foundation’s primary activity is to serve the next generation of New Orleans musicians and listeners through our education and community engagement programs. We serve youth in schools, detention centers, and community centers in the Greater New Orleans area. The core constituency of our music students are elementary and secondary-schoolers, for whom we subsidize or completely underwrite the cost of weekly music classes, field trips, and educational resources. We focus on providing experiential settings for students to learn by playing and through lasting mentorship from musicians, tradition bearers, and teaching artists from the Preservation Hall Musical Collective.




Established in 2016, Unlocking Potential works with students detained at the New Orleans Juvenile Justice Center and Rivarde Detention Centers. This program provides weekly lessons on drums, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, digital audio production, and music theory. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for each student to explore and cultivate a deep and personal connection with their own creativity. 

Click the button below learn more about this program or to donate an instrument to support Unlocking Potential.


Workshops, Masterclasses, and Open Soundchecks

The Preservation Hall Foundation provides workshops, masterclasses, and open soundchecks to schools in the Greater New Orleans area and around the U.S., focusing on Brass Band and Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Open soundchecks are offered on 100% of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's touring dates.  

To schedule a workshop or masterclass or to join us at an open soundcheck on any of Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s tour dates, click the button below.



Community Concerts provides a range of free concerts in the Greater New Orleans area for communities limited in access to Preservation Hall by distance, economics, or other circumstances. These free concerts are performed by members of the Preservation Hall Collective and are designed for the whole family to attend. 

Stay tuned to our facebook page for more details about upcoming concert performances.


Jazz in Class

Launched in 2014, Jazz in Class (formerly Neighborhood Horns and Drums) works with schools and community centers to provide Teaching Artists to support Traditional New Orleans Jazz and Brass Band programs. Jazz in Class develops and educates young men and women through authentic musical experiences, builds self esteem by appreciating one’s own unique and diverse heritage, and strengthens a sense of community among students. Jazz in Class currently serves: ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy, ReNEW Sci-Tech Academy, Mildred Osborne Academy, Homer Plessy Community School, and Bethune Elementary School.

Interested in having your program benefit from the Jazz in Class program? Email Us via the button below.


Kids in the Hall

Classroom lessons come to life with the Preservation Hall Foundation's Kids in the Hall Field Trip program. In this one-hour field trip, students engage and listen to a Preservation Hall Band, as well as have an opportunity for a Q&A session with members of the Preservation Hall Collective. 



The Preservation Hall Foundation is developing an interdisciplinary curriculum for elementary and secondary school students, focusing on New Orleans style music, particularly Traditional New Orleans Jazz and Brass Band music. The curriculum is not just regional use, rather, it will be available for educators across the nation to help articulate the living art forms that exist in New Orleans on a national level and ensure it's inclusion in music education. 

Prior to its release, you can download materials from our Brass Bandbook materials below!



In the wake of Ben Jaffe's Sousaphone being stolen, the Sousafund was established in 2018 to provide young bass and sousaphone students with high quality instruments.

Students in Orleans and Jefferson Parish can apply to receive an upright bass or sousaphone. The application process is open until August 30th, 2019.