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The Preservation Hall Foundation’s primary activity is to serve the next generation of New Orleans musicians and listeners through our education programs. We serve at-risk youth at 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 in the Preservation Hall Musical Collective.

Neighborhood horns and Drums

Launched in 2014, Neighborhood Horns and Drums is our program that targets schools, detention centers and community centers that currently do not have Jazz or Brass Band programs during their school day. Providing schools with a one-year teaching artist residency, Neighborhood Horns and Drums 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 at-risk youth. Students who participate are not only learn the melodies, chord changes, scales, triads, basic structures and lyrics to songs that are deeply imbedded in the community. Neighborhood Horns and Drums currently serves: ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy, ReNEW Mcdonogh City Park Academy, ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, Youth Study Center, Rivarde Detention Center. 

Interested in having your program benefit from the Neighborhood Horns and Drums program? Email Ashley Shabankareh, Director of Programs, for more information. 

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, centered around the History of New Orleans style music, 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. 

We offer Kids in the Hall Field Trips Monday through Friday between 9am to 4pm. We request that field trips be schedule at least three weeks in advance. 

Click here to sign up for a Kids in the Hall Field Trip. 


The Preservation Hall Foundation provides masterclasses to schools in the Greater New Orleans area, focusing on Brass Band and Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Initially started in conjunction with Jazz and Heritage Foundation's Class Got Brass competition, the Preservation Hall Foundation now provides masterclasses year-round to educators and music programs in Louisiana.

Click here to get a free masterclass for your school today! 

brassband book

The Foundation has released and distributes a free online resource guide on New Orleans brass band music, transcribed and arranged by trumpeter Mark Braud. The “Brass Band Book” includes sheet music and reference recordings for students to learn along with. Click here to download materials from the Brassband Book

national new orleans music curriculum

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 will not just be for 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. 

Stay tuned for more details on its release in 2018!