Over a Century of Inspiring Harmonies and Transforming Lives

When the Lalin Family’s four school-aged children get restless, they don’t watch television or browse social media, they play music […more…]

Neighborhood Music School Association

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(323) 268-0762 Ext 7
Executive Director: Karen Louis


Our mission is to not only teach music, but to help our students develop the joys, wonders and skills that passively arise from a multi-faceted music education.

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I love Music. It is so beautiful, makes me calm and creates wonderful feelings and draws great pictures in my imagination. I can express feelings through Music in a language that people from all over the world can understand.

– Irina Stoilov
NMS Student

Changing Lives THROUGH MUSIC

Carrie Stone Freeman founded the Neighborhood Music School with a gift of $1,000. Carrying that tradition full circle a century later, a $1,000 donation is enough to pay for a student to have an entire year of music instruction. 

“When someone makes a gift of $1,000, they are investing in the future of the community and music as a whole,” says Karen Louis, executive director of the Neighborhood Music School. 

Donations will be matched up to $10,000 by the Youssef and Kamel Mawardi Fund and donors will receive invitations to the recitals and special events, such as Sunday tea in the school’s rose gardens and its annual benefit event which will be held on Saturday, February 10th, 2024 at the LA River Center.

Key Supporters

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Sarnat-Hoffman Family Foundation
In-N-Out Burger Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
MYDAR Foundation
Glass Half Full Foundation
Mental Insight Foundation
Aviv Foundation
The Louis and Harold Price Foundation
Renaissance Charitable Foundation
The Battery Foundation
CASA organizations throughout California
Foster Care Research Group at the
University of San Francisco
11 California Family Foundations
Over 350 Individual Donors