music education
in Athens, GA
and beyond

Our Mission

Our mission is to make the virtues of music education accessible to all communities in Athens-Clarke County, and to increase students’ chances for success in life through high quality musical instruction. In doing so, we will foster a positive, productive sense of togetherness among the people in our community through artistic collaboration.

There is no limit on the positive effect this project can have on the kids. It can change their lives completely, and the ripple effect in other areas of their lives, and on the whole community, is endless.

- Jeremy Roberts

public defender, musician


Ashley Wilson


HEART Music teacher

Everyone is a musician from birth, with no prerequisites, and music education can help us realize that potential. Everyone should have access to music education because we are all born musicians. We are inherently worthy of the gift of music education.

Dr. Maxine Easom

Athens native

retired teacher and principal

Co-Author of Across The River. The People, Places, and Culture of East Athens

I believe that music is the language of the soul. Music education is the vehicle for unleashing student creativity, allowing students to share their innermost selves with others. It is also a vehicle for helping students understand and deal with their own feelings and emotions. Most importantly, “speaking the language of music” builds confidence in the student as nothing else can. Music education is a gift which every person should receive!

Will Paschal


HEART Music Board Member

Music transcends generations. Specialized skills like music need to be passed down through generations to prosper, and it takes a lifetime of learning to master these skills. Older, more knowledgeable folks pass along their expertise to younger folks so the process of learning can continue through a cycle of connection.

Community Voices:
Why is music education important to you?
Thank you HEART Music and Brian Smith for working with Clarke Central guitar students this entire past school year. I would not have known what to do without Brian’s expertise, teaching the advanced kids. Thank you for all your incredible support of music in our schools!
-Dr. Eunice Kang
Orchestra Director, Clarke Central High School