The Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation (MDMEF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to the integration of music with learning by bringing musicians into the classroom.


In the early 2000s, Federal pressure from No Child Left Behind legislation led urban school districts to focus more heavily on math and reading instruction, to the detriment of arts classes. MDMEF works with educators and musicians to develop lesson plans that effectively pair music presentations with academic standards. In addition to the education component, MDMEF also organizes special events where accomplished local musicians perform for the students.


The MDMEF board and volunteers are dedicated to inspiring our local youth through music education, which has a proven relationship to academic achievement. We continuously strive to develop opportunities for students to interact with professional musicians, and to experience the joy of music.

The Foundation works with local musicians, educators and music teachers to support and promote music education in North Alabama. The Board operates with the support, direction and encouragement of internationally known blues musician, Microwave Dave Gallaher. As Dave likes to say, “Blues is America’s first and still best self-help program.”


For more information and to find out how you can get involved, please contact one of our Board Members.