We believe music has the power to transform lives. The Roots of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship, while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of our city. We serve kids ages from low-income households, and provide our students with hot meals and round-trip transportation to reduce common barriers to participation. Five days a week, 12 months a year, our program delivers over 2, hours of music education and other academic tutoring, over 30, nutritious hot meals, 1, bus journeys, and supplies over instruments for student use.
History[ edit ] After Hurricane Katrinafunding for public school music programs, specifically middle schools, was reduced or cut. Rebirth Brass Band snare drummer, Derrick Tabb and Allison Reinhardt developed a plan to establish a youth organization for music that would be citywide with the primary objective being to keep young children off the streets and provide a safe haven during peak times of gun violence - 3pm to 7pm.
The remainder of the time is dedicated to music education, song rehearsal and field practice marching. Members of the Rebirth Brass Band and other New Orleans area music professionals support the program through mentoring and marching practice.
There is no after-school program on Fridays, but the group practices on Saturdays, focusing wholly on music education, marching and field routines. The students receive a hot meal after Saturday practice and are transported home via the program's buses. The program is completely free to the participants and relies on grants and private and corporate donations for sustainability.
Lack of transportation was cited as one of the issues plaguing the families of at-risk children in regard to their ability to participate in extra-curricular activities. The participants must also maintain a 2.
TOPS pays tuition and some fees for qualifying college students who chose to attend a select group of colleges in Louisiana. Tabb has been the recipient of several awards based on his work with Roots. During his speech, he praised the Roots of Music mentoring program.
The Whole Gritty City Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans.The Roots of Music, New Orleans, Louisiana.
11K likes. Empowering the youth of New Orleans through Music and Mentorship. For example, in a tonal piece of music, the notes C, E, G, A, sounded as a chord, could be analyzed as a C major sixth chord in root position (a major triad – C, E, G – with an added sixth – A – above the root) or as a first inversion A minor seventh chord (the A minor seventh chord contains the notes A, C, E and G, but in this example, the C note, the third of the A minor chord, is in the bass).
We believe music has the power to transform lives. The Roots of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship, while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of our city.
American roots music draws on the lived experience of ordinary men and women, who were and often still are defined and limited by cultural constructions of race, class and gender.
ROOTS Music Academy offers private music lessons on piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, violin, ukulele, and more!
ROOTS Dance Academy offers a full array of dance classes and private lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip . FOLK Festival on the Dock has brought together the city's rich music and maritime heritage in a celebration of live acoustic folk, sea shanty and roots music.
Folk at the Dock Also highly recommended is the Haitian roots music album "Wa Di Yo" ($