Who We Are
Bay Area Music Project (BAMP) is an El Sistema inspired after school music education program serving the social, emotional, cultural and academic needs of children. Alameda Music Project, the flagship chapter program operates 4 days per week, providing on-site music instruction to over 100 children at Maya Lin School, a Title 1 arts integrated magnet school in the socioeconomically diverse West End of Alameda.
All students participating in BAMP receive tuition-free music instruction for at least 2 hours a week plus all necessary musical supplies (instruments, song books, etc), a nutritious snack and homework assistance. We provide children with musical instruction and performance experiences in a collaborative, orchestral environment that helps build confidence, compassion and teamwork. Children learn the importance of collaboration and cooperation in and outside the ensemble; they learn how to become one voice, and through their shared experience, grow stronger as individuals and as a community.
“I believe I can share my voice in public because of you.” — Paloma, Choir student
Ever wonder what it takes to make "one big, amazing show"? Check out the behind the scenes preparation from our incredible Alameda Music Project musicians working together to become one voice for their year-end performance.
In watching Zorana progress over the last 3 years, she's gone from a rather timid, quiet singer to now showing great confidence (upright posture, smiling, etc.) She doesn't hesitate to belt out a song at any given moment! That confidence can't help but to spill out into other facets of the kids lives. Thank you for providing this for our children — we notice it and appreciate all that you've done… Thanks a million!
The 2016/17 Season - There's Just No Stopping Us!
Our third season is well under way and as always the bar is set high because of our young musicians successes. This year we expanded the program to include more children and more opportunities to play and share the joy of music.
Here are just a few highlights:
Experiences of a lifetime
For the past two years, AMP strings students have had an opportunity to collaborate with musicians from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, UC Berkeley Orchestra and over 100 children from all over the Bay Area.
In September 2015 we participated our first Bay Area El Sistema seminario hosted by Cal Performances on the campus of UC Berkeley. Nine violin students from Alameda Music Project received a rare opportunity to participate in a side-by-side rehearsal with members of The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.
As incredible as it was to see our students on stage at Zellerbach Hall, this day was about so much more than just playing music. Through this experience they put into practice the life skills we emphasize at AMP: Teamwork, collaboration, perseverance and determination. In the end they returned home full of pride in what they accomplished and a greater sense of their own potential. Watch the video of their special day here.
This year, ten students from our violin and cello classes participated in day-long workshops that encouraged them to experiment musically and collaboratively. The day concluded with a concert of the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) conducted by LA Phil Musical director and conductor, Gustavo Dudamel.
In the spring we launched an ambitious cultural and musical exchange project between our senior choir ensemble and children from Music Heals International in Port au Prince, Haiti. Together, the children helped to creatively arrange and record two songs in English and Haitian Creole. These recordings showcase the incredible talents of both programs, collaborating musically, even though they live thousands of miles apart. Through this experience the children made unique and profound connections to one another by sharing their collective love of making music and by sharing their personal stories, through letters, drawings and even paper airplanes! See all that we've accomplished this year here.
The Paper Violin Project
One of the most important components of our beginner violin class is the Paper Violin Project. It is quickly becoming a popular right of passage for our young orchestra. Creating a paper instrument is a great way to build community within our orchestra. It's one of their first collaborative efforts. They share design ideas and help each other during the assembly process. It also only helps our young violinists learn the parts of the violin and proper posture. Most importantly but also how to care for, and respect their instrument. Afterall, these are fragile works of art they created!
Our violinists will use these violins for the first few weeks of the program and then "graduate" to their real instruments.
The Open String Foundation
If anyone's wondering what Christmas looks like for a music program dedicated to providing instruction and instruments at no cost to families, it's this. A delivery of brand new violins and cellos for 50 students.
There are absolutely not enough words to properly thank The Open String Foundation for this incredible act of generosity.
Our Year in Review — Outrageous Ambition!
Over 100 children have participated in Alameda Music Project's ambitious "music for social change" after-school program since its launch in September 2014. This video is a year in review of just some of the incredible life changing opportunities we're able to provide for them.
BAMP at CAL: The work is real. The payoff is enormous.
On September 26, 2015, Cal Performances hosted a seminario for Bay Area El Sistema based programs. Nine violin students from Bay Area Music Project received a rare opportunity to participate in a side-by-side rehearsal with members of The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. This is the story of their day.
Check out more inspiring videos here!
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