Aisha Moody (Bowden) is Co-Founder and Chief Programming Officer at the Atlanta Music Project.
In 2012, Aisha completed the Sistema Fellows program, a prestigious, post-gradaute fellowship of New England Conservatory that trains gifted musicians and educators to lead El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States.
Prior to the fellowship, Aisha was an award-winning public school music educator for nine years in the heart of Washington,DC. As Chair of the Music Department at Thomson Elementary School, Ms. Moody provided General and Vocal Music Instruction to the full student body, directed the Thomson Choir and managed several partnerships with leading arts organizations, to include the Washington National Opera and The Choral Arts Society of Washington, DC.
Her performance background, which includes travel to Switzerland, Germany and Gabon, Africa, inspired Ms. Moody to organize frequent performance opportunities for her students, designed to broaden their exposure to and understanding of the world around them. Under her direction, the Thomson Choir performed for the King and Queen of Norway, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and the Bicentennial Celebration of Abraham Lincoln at which President Obama was the keynote speaker. The Thomson music department has been featured in the Washington Post and the Thomson choir has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN and Good Morning America as well as local television networks. During her tenure in the DC Public School system, Ms. Moody also served as accompanist for the All-City Honors Chorus and a General Music Curriculum Writer for the DCPS Division of Music. Ms. Moody has been recognized for excellence in arts education by the Mayors Arts Awards in Washington,DC, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative Arts for Every Student Program and Who’s Who in American Educators. She has also been featured in Teaching Music, a publication of the National Association for Music Education.
Ms. Moody’s education background includes a Bachelors degree in Music Education as well as post-graduate studies in Social Work from Howard University. In 2001, Ms. Moody was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad West Seminar, which allowed her to travel to Ghana, Senegal and Gambia to research and explore historical and cultural connections between those countries and the United States. She is a member of the 2016 class of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute.
After relocating from Washington,DC to Georgia in 2009, Ms. Moody conducted middle school choirs with Cobb County Public Schools and worked as a Choral Teaching Artist for the pilot year of the Atlanta Music Project (AMP). That experience with AMP influenced her decision to enroll in the 2011-2012 Sistema Fellows Program and subsequently create the first Sistema-inspired choral program in Georgia.