Students received instruments, but the grant also paid for teaching artists to come into the classroom once a week. According to the Atlanta Public Schools blog, "these professional musicians also select students for sectionals and provide group lessons after school."
With their new instruments in hand and with the benefit of working with working musicians, the students are excited for the Annual Fine Arts Festival which will take place at the school Feb. 21.
The Atlanta Music Project, a nonprofit organization founded in 2010, has grown to serve more than 87 students at three sites, including Coan. The nonprofit's founders say that intense musical training supports the development of confidence, resilience, creativity, and ambition, leading to a positive change in participating children and their community.