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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Piano & Vocal Lessons

Register for Free Piano Lessons

2015 Winter/Spring Session
January 12-May 15, 2015 

Limited piano class space still available at some rec centers.                  

Classes are held on the days listed with each rec center, but the registrars will work with each student to select a specific class day and time. To speak with piano instructor about availability, please visit the rec center of your choice during the class times listed. It would also be helpful to bring a completed registration form.  Get a registration form here.  

Lyons 624 Louisiana Ave. 
Mo 11:15am- 7:15pm, Tu 3:15- 6:15pm,We 10:45am- 6:45pm,
Fr 11:15am-5pm
Treme 900 N. Villere St. 
Mo 1-6pm, Tu 10:45am-6:45pm, We 2:15-6:45pm, Th 10:45am-6:45pm, Fr 12:45-5:15pm

Behrman 2529 General Meyer Ave.  
Behrman classes: Mo 3-7:45pm, We 2:45-5:45pm, Fr 3:15-5:15pm

Cut-Off 6600 Belgrade St. 
We 3:15-7:45pm

Gernon Brown 1001 Harrison Ave. 
Tu 1:30-4:45pm, Th 1:30-4:45pm       

Joe W. Brown 5601 Read Blvd. CLASSES ARE FULL
Mo 10:15am-6:45pm, Tu 10:15am-4:45pm; Th 1:15-6:45pm; Fr 12:45-5:15pm

Senior Choir

The Senior Choir meets on Mondays at 1pm at Joe W. Brown Rec Center. Drop in anytime. Registration is ongoing.  

Past Piano Events   

Piano Master Artist Series
NORDC Piano Master Classes were made possible by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation and the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education

Classes were held April-August and were invitation only for current NORDC piano students. Students had the opportunity to take master classes under the instruction of the following local musicians: 

David Russell Batiste, Sr. has been playing music for 52 years and is bandleader of the legendary band, David Batiste and the Gladiators. He has performed with The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and James Brown. He was the band director for many volcalists including Jackie Wilson, ZZ Hill and Percy Sledge.  He won the Apollo show in 1965 and is the father of such legendary young musicians as Russell Batiste, Jamall Batiste, Rayn Batiste and Damon Batiste.  Post Katrina, he became the first living jazz musician in New Orleans to have a school named for his family, “The Batiste Cultural Academy."

Jon Cleary is a funk and R&B musician based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is from Cranbrook in Kent, England, and has studied the musical culture and life of New Orleans for the past 20 years.  He has performed with a number of music luminaries including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Ryan Adams, and Eric Burdon. Compositions by Cleary have been recorded by notable musicians including Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and most recently John Scofield on his album, Piety Street. 


Sam Kuslan began studying piano at the age of four in Shanghai, where his father then worked. Sam's early instruction was in classical piano, training he continued at New Haven's Neighborhood School of Music. With his season-opening recital, Sam kicked off the prestigious Young People's Performance Series in 2008 at New York City's Steinway Hall and continues to perform yearly at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He plays regularly at the Old New Orleans Mint, Maison Frenchmen and is currently playing at the WWII Museum in downtown New Orleans. Sam has played with greats such as Curtis Fuller (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers), Lou Donaldson (Thelonious Monk/Milt Jackson), Harold Danko (Chet Baker), Marc Roberge (Of A Revolution/O.A.R.), and many more.

Davell Crawford is an all-around musical sensation and one of the true wonders of the contemporary Crescent City music scene. Bill Taylor from Blues Access proclaims, "Plain and simple, Davell Crawford is one of the most talented musicians alive!"  Also known as the "Prince of New Orleans," Davell is one of the city's most exiting live performers. Despite his age, he has for years been a major force in American Roots Music. He has traveled, recorded, and taught the importance of music not only from New Orleans, but true Roots music from Traditional Jazz, to Gospel, Funk and R&B. Cited as one of the few musicians committed to keeping the piano sounds of New Orleans alive, he stands as the only and most docu­mented young piano player that has kept the music true while adding a little freshness and vitality.



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