Teacher helps "rescue" students through band and chorus

COLLEGE PARK, Ga – Most people don't think of the arts as a way to rescue kids, but Jerry "Robbie" Chapman has done just that for dozens of students at The Main Street Academy.

He's become a hero to kids who love to take chorus and band in his classes.

Students who don't always have athletic skills or maybe they're not the best in athletics, but they come in here and they pick up an instrument and they found some place where they can blossom," said Chapman.

Playing in a band isn't just new to these students, it's pretty new to the Fulton County charter school.

"The kids didn't have the opportunity to be in band. We didn't have chorus," said Chapman.

Until Chapman arrived as the music man.

"My first year, we had 15 in band. I think we're right at 80," said Chapman.

"He's very innovative. He's very eager. He's so energetic and it passes down to the students and the kids get excited about music about band," said Principal Jeff Homan.

Chapman teaches chorus, band and general music to fourth through 8th graders and kindergartners.

"It's been really challenging to build a program here, but it's also been very rewarding," said Chapman.


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