The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

December 4, 2013

Coda Inspire concert today in Fayetteville


— Coda Mountain Academy’s innovative after school program will present a concert this week free and open to the public.

Thirty-five students, sixth to eighth grade, from Fayetteville Elementary and Fayetteville High School will showcase their semester of work by performing a variety of pieces on violin, ukulele and guitar.

The young musicians will also offer a fun presentation of Drums Alive, a unique program that combines rhythm and choreographed movement using exercise balls and drumsticks.

The public is invited to this fun-filled concert Thursday at 1:25 p.m. at Fayetteville High School auditorium.

Fayette County Schools have written Coda into a grant to develop an after-school program providing essential music arts opportunities targeting at-risk students. The program has already been a great success. Under the grant, Fayetteville students receive instrument, theory and Drums Alive lessons, as well as free supper and a bus ride home for two years.

Coda Inspire’s director, Esther Morey, says, “We are truly grateful for this incredible opportunity Fayette County Schools has given us to impact our area youth with the power of music. It is an honor to work with these amazing students.”

Coda engages students in creative ways that keep morale and classroom engagement high. The joint mission of Fayette County Schools and Coda Mountain Academy is to address the drop out rate by giving students a positive identity and an opportunity to develop life skills through music training and accomplishments. Coda believes that the serious study of music develops valuable character traits and life skills that open the door for future pursuits in any field.

Coda also offers two exciting summer programs for students ages five to 23. For more information on summer residential and days camps, call 304-663-6688, visit the website at codamountain.com,or e-mail codamountain@gmail.com.