Letter to the Editor: Introducing the Alameda Music Project

Letter to the Editor: Introducing the Alameda Music Project

Letters to the Editor
Alameda Music Project

Photo courtesy of the Alameda Music Project.

Alameda Music Project (AMP) is a tuition-free, after school music education program currently piloting at Maya Lin School. The program launched in February — eight months ahead of schedule — offering choir twice a week to over 40 students in first through fifth grades. Inspired by El Sistema, the social development and music education program of Venezuela, AMP strives to enrich the lives of children by providing musical instruction at no cost to those who would otherwise not be able to afford the opportunity.

In September, AMP plans to expand its programming at Maya Lin to five days a week, offering orchestra-based music instruction for up to 75 children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Our plans include a string ensemble, a choir and a percussion component. In addition to music instruction, students will also receive a daily, nutritious snack; academic support; field trips; and frequent opportunities to perform with their instruments.

To help fund our new programs, AMP will be hosting the CD release party of the String Arcade Project this Friday, March 7. The party includes a performance by The String Arcade Players - Alisa Rose (violin), Emily Onderdonk (viola), Robin Reynolds (cello) and Celia Harris (violin), with guest Philip Brezina (violin) - and a whole lot of video games.

There will be two rooms of games, including arcade machines (courtesy of High Scores Arcade); vintage consoles like Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System, Turbogrfx (courtesy of The M.A.D.E); and the work of several indie game studios, who will be bringing their brand new games to share with you.

All proceeds from the event, including the sale of the CD, will go to support Alameda Music Project.

Tickets for our event are available at the door or online. The $25 ticket includes adult admission to the performance, game play and a copy of the CD; $20 buys the performance and games. Children under 12 and adults who just want to play games will be admitted for $5.

The downstairs game room is open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the theater game room is open after the performance, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Rhythmix is at 2513 Blanding Avenue.

Lorrie Murray
Founder, Alameda Music Project

(Full disclosure: Lorrie Murray is an Alameda Community News Project board member.)