ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46 )-- A local GRAMMY-nominated music producer is doing his part to keep kids playing instruments.
Kevin Williams is familiar with reinventing himself. Several years ago he pressed pause on his music career to teach at risk youth. Now in the time of Coronavirus, he’s converted his school-based music learning class to online platforms.
Music brings people from all over and all ages together. Learning to play instruments also enhances education.
“I believe in the power of music education,” says Williams.
To inspire curiosity and passion in students, the Grammy-nominated music producer was set to launch music classes at Henry and Clayton Counties. But Covid-19 hit and quickly disrupted the lessons.
Williams knew he had to adjust. With home lessons not being a safe option he took to the cloud.
“This is what I found out about kids, kids will play as long as somebody is listening.”
For 45 minutes a day, just like a normal music class, kids like Treasure, Raleigh and Sanay can feel connected from a distance.
Sanay’s mother Andrea Myers is a nurse and first responder during the pandemic. The piano lessons are a comforting sense of normalcy.
“She actually gets to come she has structure,, I’m busy my mind is all over the place especially now with everything going on. So when we come in here and it’s time for her to play the piano it just kind of calms the whole house actually,” says Andrea.
The idea for the live lessons was Williams way of keeping music in the curriculum and staying socially connected while remaining physically distant.
“This allowed to put families back together. I try to look at some of the positives of this, the physical distancing is not but the social connection and family unit is coming back together," says Williams.
Williams is not the only instructor in his program. He had a group of educators helping teach students to play all sort of instruments.
William's music learning foundation is a non-profit and in order to keep educating kids they do accept monetary or instrument donations.