After School Music Programs Holiday Performances 

Taylor and Hopkins with students preparing to perform.

The Gift of Music’s After School Music Enrichment Programs recently showcased the great acheivements by our enthusiastic young performers. Each year, our beginner-level students put together several concert-style events to allow the students to experience the joy of performing music for an audience. The programs provide basic-level instruction for more than 70 kids in the metro Atlanta area, and are provided through the support of The Gift of Music Foundation. Chris Monroe, Executive Director of the Gift of Music says the concerts “are an important part of their music education because it provides a tangible milestone of what the students have learned, and allows them to showcase their talents for family and friends.” Currently the ASMEP serves students in the Atlanta Public School system including Heritage Academy, Atlanta Westside Charter, West Manor Elementary, and Bolton Academy. Monroe says “these performances really emphasize what we already know – that music is a very important part of developing young people. You can see right on their faces how much pride they have in their accomplishments.”

The program is under the direction of Alonzo Taylor, who along with a great team of skilled music educators leads the after-school classes two days per week during the school year. Taylor’s team of teachers includes Rodney Allen Sr., Amarylis Sueing, Forrest Hopkins, and Rodney Allen Jr. The program measures success by teaching children with little or no musical experience the basics of reading music, basic mastery of their chosen instruments, and the processes of preparing for public performances.

Since 2015 The Gift of Music Foundation has been providing music classes and subsidized musical instruments to kids all over the Atlanta metro and beyond. The programs are funded by personal contributions and grants from organizations like the Georgia Music Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, the D’Addario Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.