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NORD Commission Launches Inaugural Music Matters Artist-in-Residence Program

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission today announced the launch of The Music Matters Artist-in-Residence program. The goal of this new program is to teach participants the foundational principles of music. Titled Music Matters, the summer program will afford participants an opportunity to learn from skilled musicians who will provide instruction over the course of six weeks. Music Matters is for residents of all ages interested in music and is open to beginners, intermediate and advanced musicians.

The Artist-in-Residence program will feature two-time Grammy award winner Irvin Mayfieldwho will serve as NORD’s inaugural artist in residence, with appointments beginning in July 2023 through July 2024. In this role, Mayfield will guide and creatively direct a series of music programs for NORD.

The program will launch with four Music Matters summer courses. Music 101, the first of the four, will offer a required overview of music education for participants ages 13-17 who wish to sign-up for any of the other three courses. Additional courses include Recording 101, the Louis Armstrong Institute intensive for trumpet practice, and the Jelly Roll Morton Institute intensive for piano practice. Upcoming Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 programs will take a city-wide approach to engage all who have a passion for voice and instrument performance. These programs include NOLA Idol which is open to musicians of all ages, and One Band One Sound which is open to teens ages 13-17 that will develop NORD’s first city-wide marching band.

For more information on NORD’s Inaugural Artist-in-Residence program, or to register please follow this link

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