Music is what life sounds like.

- Eric Olson

OUR MISSION

To provide hope and inspiration through various educational music programs. Providing a culture of learning, inspiring creativity, and personal development which will enrich the quality of the musical lives of our underprivileged youth.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

We offer programs for After School Programs and Summer Camps to provide jazz appreciation sessions. These sessions include live music, learning jazz history, jazz songs including the blues. We teach kids the theory behind writing the blues, allowing them to write their own blues. We demonstrate various rhythms and teach improvisation. The length of our summer sessions are customized to the group for which we are providing the sessions. For extended programs we offer keyboard classes, which include sessions on jazz theory and performance.

Some of our partnerships have included The Safety Club of Raleigh, NC, North Carolina's Central University's Jazz Dept (NCCU),and The Heart of Carolina Jazz organization. Our annual jazz competitions were held at NCCU and included a judge panel consisting of educators and professional jazz musicians.  The 2 categories were Adults (18+) and Youth (12-17 yrs old) for a cash prize musicians were evaluated on originality, creativity, excellence in jazz performance, and outstanding performer. 

OUR DIRECTOR

Lydia Salett Dudley is a jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer living in the Raleigh Durham area.  She received her graduate degree from North Carolina Central University. She has taught music to youth of all ages for 20 plus years and recently performed alongside international female artists, celebrating the declaration of Nina Simone's childhood home as a national treasure.  Her first single 'GREEN' was released in 2008. Her composition 'SUNSETS' was featured on UNC- Chapel Hill's project TENOR VIBE in 2010. She self-produced several other projects including; Jazz Standards in 2012 and Jazz Xpressions in 2018.  Her latest cd "This is Christmas" is set to release in November 2019.  Her music can be purchased from her site at LYDIASALETTDUDLEY.COM.