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 beyond, 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.


Ryan Wendell of

Manito Percussion

Music is a universal force in which the creative expressions of art and science are united. Music education gives us the keys to unlock the mathematical language that describes our very existence, while allowing each of us to develop our individual creative power.

Rosemary Woodel

ukulele student

I love making music. Learning an instrument is fun and very good for my brain and social life.

Philip Kohnen of

one L Music

Music Education unlocks our inherited creative potential.  The spark that defines our humanity is creativity; our humanness lies in our ability to imagine and create.  Teaching music to anyone, young or old, connects that person to a deep lineage of human expression, stretching back hundreds of thousands of years.

Why is music education important to you?
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


Who We Are

The teachers of HEART Music are professional musicians living in and around Athens, GA. We teach because we are dedicated to sharing our love of music with aspiring musicians in Athens. Through group coaching and private instruction, students become familiar with music, their instrument and themselves, reaching accomplishments that make them proud, and encouraging them to go further in their studies, thus creating a cycle of success on stage, in the classroom and in life.

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


Help us help others

Our current project is focused on getting high quality music teachers into the public schools in Athens-Clarke County. Our schools' band, chorus and orchestra teachers are wonderful! But they are stretched thin and greatly benefit from help in the classroom. Each week, we have teachers leading sectionals and small group lessons with Hilsman Middle School band students and Clarke Central High School guitar class.


We would like to expand this work to other schools and communities, but we need your help to do it. Please consider donating to HEART Music. Your donation will directly impact kids in Athens-Clarke County by allowing us to provide specialized small-group and one-on-one instruction at school, during class time. In this way every child participating in the band, chorus or orchestra program benefits from our teachers' guidance.

One Time Donation

Monthly Donation

Donate monthly to sustain our efforts