Mission & Values
In New Orleans and many places around the world, we embrace music as a way of life and as a source of healing and inspiration for all - professionals and hobbyists alike. Center for Musical Development & Wellness (CMDW) believes we should all be able to enjoy music as participants - not merely as observers, regardless of our abilities or disabilities. Through our research, education and outreach collaborations, we achieve our mission of supporting the “whole musician,” promoting mental and physical wellness at every developmental stage of life - from infants to seniors!
Research & Resources
CMDW collaborates with academic institutions and independent researchers to discover and share scientific advances on the benefits of music participation for child development, lifelong learning and literacy, memory and brain functioning, mental health and general wellness.
CMDW welcomes contributions from the academic community. Contact us for consideration.
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Education & Training
CMDW's youth music program gives beginning students a chance to have fun exploring a variety of instruments, while progressing students polish musicianship and performance skills.
Small group courses are available for a fee. We are able to reduce or eliminate the cost of music education for some students when you VOLUNTEER your time and talents and DONATE NOW!
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Outreach & Service
CMDW's Instrument Zoo brings the entire community together (at least as many as our space can hold) as our young musicians lead the audience of all ages - from infants to seniors - in instrument exploration and improvisation!
We bridge the generation gap and reach the ill and inbound with community performances and recreational music making opportunities at places like churches, senior facilities and hospitals. Please contact us to arrange a visit!
To SPONSOR a program or event, please contact us to help make music more accessible to all.