Painted Piano Project brings music to Macon

Friends of Macon Music organization providing pianos to Macon streets, part of national arts project.

Macon Rocks, and if you've been downtown this summer, you may have heard this music. It's a national movement called the Painted Piano Project. The non-profit organization, Friends of Macon Music, brought the movement here in May.

They put five pianos in public that are free for people to play. Cornelius Jackson says he's been learning from others using the piano on Poplar Street.

"You have teachers down here that teach you to play it," Jackson says. "They show you the hand guide movements and everything. It's basically a free music lesson in the park."

Jackson says he's excited to continue learning from his peers.

"If you can listen to music and read music like a musician would, once the music hits on the inside and you feel it, you'll connect to what the music is all about," Jackson says.

Andrew Eck with Friends of Macon Music says bringing pianos to people who don't have access, is what music is all about.

"I've taken it for granted that maybe I don't have a piano in my apartment, but I have access to a piano," Eck says. "Other people haven't had that opportunity."

Phillip Greenwood has also been learning to play the piano on Poplar Street. He says the best part about the project, is its ability to bring people together.

"It's bringing people together," Greenwood says. "They like to hear music. They hear us out here playing, they drop money in the jar, and sit down and watch."

The other pianos are located outside the Tubman Museum, the Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Big House Museum, and on Cherry Street, near The Rookery.

Friends of Macon Music says most of the pianos were donated. They have a sixth piano that's painted and ready to go- they are just looking for a spot to put it.



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