The mission of NOLKEYS is to use music to build a thriving network for education, development and support for youth, families and partners to transform lives and communities.
• To encourage participation in music training and to improve musical performance abilities.
• To foster the development of social behavior and values which contribute to success at school and in society.
HOW DOES MUSIC TRANSFORM LIVES?
The overall crime rate in New Orleans is 95% higher than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 14.7 daily crimes that occur in New Orleans. Crime is a significant problem in our city.
Since the year 2000, suicide rates in Louisiana have risen by more than 29% among both men and women and death by suicide is one of the leading causes of death for adolescents.
Music is a form of therapy and an outlet for people who may have anxiety and/or depression. Along with treatment by a medical professional, listening to and making music makes us feel more alive because we connect with it.
Music also connects us because everyone can understand music. At NOLAKEYS, we expose children, adolescents, and adults to music and teach them how to express themselves through it. We help to bring them the blessings of music to change their feelings and improve their quality of life.
Become a NOLAKEYS sponsor today! Help our young people experience the power of music.
NOLAKEYS provides an outlet for children. Music instructors engage kids in a positive experience and serve as mentors. Music gives our students everything they need to be successful in life. The true power of music lies in its ability to add discipline, to heal, to express our feelings positively, and to save lives. The benefits of music instruction and experience are well documented and truly transformational.
Music has always been a big part of my life. I grew up surrounded by music because of my grandfather, Eddie-3-Way. I want everyone to have a life filled with the power of music. That's why I became a music teacher. Along with a corps of other talented New Orleans music teachers, I offer free lessons to learners all ages. NOLAKEYS can help you to bring music to life!
-Senais Edwards III