The Atlanta Music Project Invests in Coan’s String Orchestra

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The string orchestra at Coan Middle School has gained momentum since they received the Atlanta Music Project grant through the Zeist Foundation in September 2012. The Atlanta Music Project was generous to provide instruments for students, and teaching artists who visit the orchestra classes one day per week. These professional musicians also select students for sectionals and provide group lessons after school. The orchestra students at Coan have the opportunity to further their music education as they develop their instrumental talents in school under the strong leadership of Bridgette Yancy, the String Orchestra Teacher, and trained professionals from the Atlanta Music Project.

Coan’s String Orchestra Concert:
Thursday, February 21st
6:30 p.m.

Coan Middle School’s Annual Fine Arts Festival

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The Atlanta Music Project is a non-profit organization founded in 2010, which has grown to serve more than 87 students at three sites, including Coan Middle School. Rameau, the Executive Director of Atlanta Music Project, can quote statistics that indicate improved test scores, elevated reading comprehension and higher graduation rates from students who have participated in the program. They believe that intense musical training supports the development of confidence, resilience, creativity, and ambition, leading to a positive change in the children and the community.

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  1. We are proud of the Atlanta Music Project’s ability to adapt its music lessons for Coan MS students, especially given the tremendous challenges that the students face in a temporary location at a former elementary school. This school-community collaboration is an example of how arts can be used to engage students in learning in the middle school years.

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