The Roots of Music is honored to be a 2024 recipient of The Lewis Prize for Music


The Sprouts of Music is an afterschool early music education program for grades Kindergarten and first grade at KIPP Believe in Columbia Parc. Throughout the school year, twice a week, The Roots of Music will instruct students in the elements of music theory, singing, and movement.

Classes are 45 minutes of fun and learning! Our curriculum is designed to educate our youth in a fun and safe environment and to reinforce the skills learned in their music classroom.



The Roots Academy is an audio engineering and studio production program for youth ages 15 – 19 years. In collaboration with Artisound Productions, LLC, The Roots Academy is a 10-month intensive designed to teach youth how to run their own music production business. Participants will become certified in industry-standard software as well as gain experience with live audio recording, studio recording, and engineering/mixing. In addition, they will learn music theory, financial literacy, and business management. 



Our Marching Crusaders band program serves youth ages 9-14 from low-income households and provides our students with hot meals and round-trip transportation to reduce common barriers to participation.

Five days a week, 12 months a year, this program delivers over 2,500 hours of instrumental music education, music theory and other academic tutoring, over 30,400 nutritious hot meals, 1,400 bus journeys, and supplies up to 200 instruments for student use free of charge.

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