what is NoYSE???     a little about our program...


The New Orleans Youth Sound Experience teaches, at no cost to the student, music production and recording to both at-risk and creative youth ages 12-17, while giving them hands-on experience, infusing an appreciation of local culture, and engaging them in their community.


A New Orleans Music for Social Change Program

This program is focused on music production, recording, live sound.

The program is free and targeted to students ranging from 12 – 17 years old (as a general guideline). The students served are underserved youth in the community, youth in need of social help, as well as talented students on a path towards a music career or field related to stage production or music business. The skills taught are aimed at professional level live sound, recording, and basic music production and will be hands-on using state-of-the-art equipment.

The mission of NOYSE is to produce opportunities to youth in need of change or seeking greater involvement with their own personal development. Student participants will be trained in a safe, fun, hands-on environment with modern equipment in a real music venue. Students learn skills which directly serve those aspiring a music career, but also indirectly serves youth needing exposure to developing enjoyable and beneficial career opportunities through education.

NOYSE is serving 13 students from the St. Claude community, 4th, 7th, 8th and 9th ward students, including two from the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office juvenile diversion program.

Because the program is hosted by Cafe Istanbul, a live music and theatrical venue, the students in this program get an amazing experience on and off the real stage. The Healing Center is within walking distance to NOCCA, lies on several bus routes, and offers safe parking.

Community Building through Partnerships:

This is a grassroots effort to serve at risk youth in the St. Claude community. It could not fully develop without the collaboration of these great organizations:

New Orleans Healing Center and Cafe Istanbul- host venue for the program.

Hope Stone Foundation

Young Audiences

Positive Vibrations Foundation

New Orleans Historical Maritime Foundation

Berklee City Music Network (Boston)- national network of similar programs.

Greater New Orleans Foundation - help with funding, community outreach, and organizational details under a non-profit umbrella.

Orleans Parish District Attorney - youth diversion program

New Orleans Police, 8th district satellite office (in the Healing Center).

St. Claude Main Street foundation - Grantor and 501c3 fiscal advisor



Matthew Shilling


20 years as a music professional.

Over two years as a Berklee College of Music Certified music instructor at Tipitina’s Foundation.

5 years as a select recording engineer at the Tipitina’s Music Office Co-op.


Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language and Mathematics minor, Metropolitan State College Denver, Summa Cum Laude

Completed Masters in Music at University of New Orleans, December 2012.


9th Ward, St. Claude Community.


New Orleans Healing Center: Cafe Istanbul.

Other on-site workshop locations throughout New Orleans will develop with a local focus on the St. Claude Community.


January 30th through

May 8th, 2013


New Orleans Youth Sound Experience


CAFE ISTANBUL in the New Orleans Healing Center


October 10th 2013

Every Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm