There’s some art in Atlanta that’s not found in paints and brushes, but in pitches and beats.
The art of making music is a special gift, and one the Atlanta Music Project takes very seriously.
The afterschool program is at the Kindezi School Westlake, and in a few short years it has made a lasting impact not only on the students, but also the community around it.
Listen to the sounds of a typical afternoon at the Atlanta Music Project, and hear how a few hours of music strikes a powerful chord with everyone involved.
Aisha Moody: I am the co-founder and director of AMPlify, the choral music program at the Atlanta Music Project.
I believe that here at AMP we are doing really good work, and it is a gift of music that we're giving the children.
It’s not that they don't have music in their lives without us, but we're giving them high quality arts education that they otherwise may not have received had they not been in this program.
Kimaada Luster: I have two young men who are currently in AMP, the Atlanta Music Project.
One is in the first grade and the other is in the sixth grade. Both of them participate in the choral aspect, and my oldest son does the piano classes.
One of the greatest things about the program is making complete musicians - meaning they're learning how to read music.
I'm always emphasizing to them that it's more than singing or playing. The gift comes from learning how to read music and how to apply that skill set in other areas like math, and you can do different things in other subject areas.
Tyree Myles: I’m in sixth grade. And I go to AMPlify at Kindezi West Lake. I feel good about AMPlify, because I really like the add-on classes. And I do drumming. Drumming makes me want to dance and like get excited.
I just think it’s very fun.
Keeyen Martin: I'm a teaching artist with the Atlanta Music Project.
I would have to say one of the most valuable things that I absolutely enjoy about teaching with the Atlanta Music Project is watching the growth and development of the students, as well as the camaraderie.
They evolved from very shy young children (a lot of them with little to no knowledge of music). And over the course of a semester or over the course of a year, they evolve to a young musician.
Moody: When we give this gift of music, it's like throwing a pebble into the pond and you see the ripples.
So it goes from the child, to the parent, to the aunties and uncles and grandmas and the other community members, teachers and school…
Everyone involved in this child is affected by this one seed that we plant.
The seed is giving them this gift of music, which empowers them to get onstage and become a performer and bring joy to these other people in their lives.
And now everyone is affected by it… Nothing beats that for me.