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Music Education Program
Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall, Mandeville, LA
Field Trips, Masterclasses, Musician Assembly Programs for local school classes & student civic groups

We need your HELP! The Friends of the Dew Drop, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is now embarking on a new music education program aimed at education outreach for school children and student civic groups. Our goal with the new JazzKids program is to enlist the services of some of the most critically admired jazz musicians in the New Orleans area to bring fun, FREE educational music programs into selected St. Tammany Parish schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

Our spring programs will be underway soon! We are working with the St. Tammany Parish School system administrators and the following musicians have expressed interest in participating in this program: Preservation Jazz Hall Band, renowned bluesman & educator Spencer Bohren, pianist Tom McDermott and many others.

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These skilled musicians will conduct programs in classroom & assembly settings as well as in the Dew Drop Jazz Hall to help new generations of youngsters learn the rudiments of music making along with the culture that was prevalent at the time of it’s creation.

Consider making a donation TODAY! We are asking you to consider making a contribution to enable us to develop and maintain this sustainable budget to cover musician fees for their professional services. Every penny counts and your TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION and support means that this unique program comes to fruition this coming school year, 2015-2016. It’s that simple. For more information, please call 985-869-2217 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. Thanks in advance for your continued support!

We are a non-profit organization and we encourage your financial support as you see fit. If you would like to download a form to donate to the Friends of the Dew Drop, please click here. Click the button below to contribute:

Or, mail your donation to:
Friends of the Dew Drop, Attn: JazzKids Program, P. O. Box 2018, Mandeville, LA 70470-2018
Please make check payable to Friends of the Dew Drop.
Friends of the Dew Drop is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3. Contributions are tax deductible.

We would like to thank our sponsors: WWNO and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc.

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Past Program:
In March 2015, we presented a successful, FREE educational program to 160 third graders from Woodlake Elementary. Renowned jazz pianist & composer Tom McDermott was on hand to perform and discuss the cultural influences that shaped the various styles of music made famous in New Orleans. It was a huge success and is just one of the programs we look forward to presenting again this year. Click here to see the full article.
Above are photographs of that program with Tom McDermott.

Please click on the link below to view school system video footage of the JazzKids program in two of our St. Tammany public schools and featured on the school system's public access channel:

Learn more from the feature “Masses of St. Tammany kids hear Dew Drop Jazz Kids programs this fall” about the first semester of our program.