Brasilian Percussion 

Learn traditional Afro Brasilian drum rhythms from Rio to Bahia and many other parts of Brasil. Samba instruments for drumming class are provided. 

About the instructors

Casa Samba classes combine traditional music, vocals, theater, dance and drumming to capture the spirit of Carnival in Brasil, Afro-Brasilian traditions and history.

Piano Lessons

Have fun learning anew or brushing up on your piano skills. NORD offers individual and group lessons for ages 6 and older at all skill levels. Learn how to read music, proper playing technique, and elementary music theory. Access to a piano or keyboard is mandatory. Registration is free and ongoing.  Register at your rec center of choice. Registrars will work with each student to select a specific day and time. 

About the instructors

Carl Williams is the Music Director of the First District Missionary Baptist Association, an organization comprised of more than 45 churches.

Alton Blunt has led church choirs throughout the Greater New Orleans community and youth choruses with the Orleans Parish School System for over 20 years. 

Rachel Johnson is an accomplished classical pianist with an educational background in music composition. 

Senior Choir 

Senior ages 55+ of all skills levels who like to sing and have fun are welcome. The Senior Choir performs regularly at NORD events in addition to senior centers, churches, and community events. New members are always welcome!  Registration is free and ongoing.  Register at your rec center of choice.

String Lessons

NORD in partnership with Make Music NOLA  offers instruction on the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. The program consists of excellent music instruction implemented by a diverse staff of professional musicians, opportunities to participate in workshops with guest artists and local musicians, and community relevant performances. Registration is free and ongoing.  Register at your rec center of choice.

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