This story was reprinted with permission from The Birmingham Occasions
By Haley WilsonThe Birmingham Occasions
As a classical music trainer and an emergency medical technician (EMT) with Birmingham Fireplace and Rescue (BFR), Ahmun Miles stated she has discovered a calling in two fields – each which permit her to assist others.
Miles, a classical pianist, is founding father of the Piamistry College of Music, positioned at WaterMark Place in Bessemer, Alabama. The college introduces college students to music by means of instruction for taking part in devices just like the piano and guitar, along with voice coaching and music manufacturing.
“I really feel prefer it’s one thing God wished me to do and led me to do,” Miles stated about educating music. “I simply really feel like [God] predestined me to show music, to heal by means of music.”
Past her ardour for music, Miles, 27, all the time wished to be within the medical area, so she earned a paramedic diploma from Jefferson State Group Faculty (JSCC) and joined the BFR in 2018.
“Once I [completed my studies at JSCC], I began working for a personal ambulance service,” she stated. “It simply form of occurred. … I like science, as properly, and I really feel like I’m right here to simply genuinely assist individuals. So, I’m simply staying true to my objective.”
Her day-to-day duties of saving lives present a non secular expertise that she is ready to tie again to her old flame—music, Miles stated.
“[Performing] is form of the frequent denominator for me: performing a activity, getting on the market, simply doing it,” she stated. “Typically it jogs my memory of why God selected me to be in individuals’s lives, … whether or not it’s medically or musically. [I said to myself], ‘God gave you this expertise and this ability set, so it’s a must to exit and do it.’ … I imagine that if we don’t use the expertise God provides us, he’ll take it away. … Do what you had been designed to do, and also you fall in your objective.”
In 2015, when she was simply 21, Miles opened the Piamistry College of Music, the place college students are greeted with numerous devices and musical parts in an area adorned with a luxurious sofa and a fluffy rug; the varsity even has a studio. All ages are welcomed in a “judgement-free” setting, Miles stated.
“The aim behind Piamistry shouldn’t be solely to show college students the way to play an instrument but in addition to show them the way to respect numerous types of music, construct stage presence and confidence, and domesticate abilities and abilities they will use as younger entrepreneurs,” she stated. “Piamistry teaches youngsters the way to be affected person, it teaches them the way to discover and use their creativeness. It teaches self-discipline. In the event you discover ways to be disciplined on the piano, … possibly you’ll be disciplined in math or science. You’ll have a distinct respect and strategy for different topics in class.”
The title of the varsity is comprised of two parts: the primary three letters “pia” stems from the phrase “piano, and “mistry” stems from “chemistry,” Miles stated.
“It represents having a powerful connection and keenness for music,” she added.
Music remedy brings out quite a bit, stated Miles, explaining that “persons are going by means of despair, children are coping with despair, some individuals have lots of stuff occurring at dwelling, and so they don’t have any different outlet. Piamistry gives that outlet.”
An Ear for Music
Regardless that she has but to succeed in age 30, Miles has put collectively a powerful resume. She studied with Younger Musical Geniuses of Birmingham; turned a member of the Birmingham Music Lecturers Affiliation and Nationwide Federated Music Membership, receiving the Gold Cup 3 times and Silver Cup twice from the latter; studied Music Idea and Efficiency on the College of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); and in 2018 was named an Academic Accomplice by distinguished piano producer Steinway and Sons. Even with all of her accomplishments, Miles believes her true calling is the work she does with Piamistry.
Miles, who has a youthful sister and two older brothers, was born in Birmingham in 1994 and raised in Bessemer. She attended Jonesboro Elementary and Davis Center faculties. She went to Midfield Excessive College for her freshman and sophomore years, and ultimately transitioned to the Alabama Homeschool Academy for her junior and senior years.
“In ninth and tenth grades, I handled low shallowness,” Miles stated. “The transition to home-school was super-beneficial to me as a result of I used to be in a position to self-preserve. I used to be motivated extra to do my schoolwork, set my very own schedule, and have extra free time. It was only a peaceable setting. Lots of people like to say that youngsters who’re home-schooled develop up bizarre and lack social cues, however that wasn’t my expertise in any respect.”
Miles’s musical basis was established when she first touched a piano at 3 years outdated.
“In our dwelling, my dad and mom would all the time play music—classical music, completely different genres of music,” she stated. “My oldest brother truly began enjoying piano earlier than I did. He would sit down on the keys and simply play, and I’d be proper there beside him listening.”
From there, it wasn’t laborious for Miles to choose up on the rhythmic, feel-good melodies her brother would lay out. Ultimately, she and her brother began enjoying facet by facet at their dwelling church, Birmingham’s Group Privative Baptist Church, which strengthened her love for music, notably classical.
“I’ll say that [classical music] is my old flame and keenness,” Miles stated. “There’s simply one thing about it, the technicality of it. … Wanting to have the ability to play what I heard is what impressed me to play begin enjoying.”
Miles began piano classes at age 13 to discover ways to learn music and examine the artwork of efficiency. Shortly after the teenager mastered her classes, her mom, Dianne Miles, made a suggestion.
“My mother had an thought and stated, … ‘Hey, as a substitute of enjoying for your self, why don’t you write and play for different individuals and get expertise on the market?’ … So, I did,” Miles stated, including that she carried out as a solo artist at completely different occasions and volunteered to play at Youngsters’s of Alabama, UAB, elementary faculties, summer time camps, and nursing properties. Her performances at elementary faculties and nursing properties sparked her curiosity in music remedy and opening up the Piamistry College of Music.
“I’d do that factor I known as Composition of the Coronary heart, [through which] I’d create an exercise to function a kind of music remedy for elementary college college students and nursing dwelling residents,” Miles stated. “A number of residents and older college students would get so concerned in that.”
Individuals would get emotional as she performed, which fueled her curiosity.
“It simply obtained to be this glad expertise,” she defined. “[Some] individuals would go away crying. … Every time I’d do that exercise, the music would convey out feelings for some individuals who had bottled them up. … [I started thinking that] I may do that as an expert musician.”
Miles’s recognition grew, and folks requested her to carry out at weddings, banquets, and church buildings ultimately asking if she may educate them the way to play an instrument.
“I used to be like, ‘OK, I by no means considered being an teacher per se,’… however I saved getting requested about it,” she stated. “Wanting again now, it was positively an indication.”
Subsequent, Miles determined that she wished to supply private music classes, so she and her mother marketed of their neighborhood.
“We actually took some chalk paint, drew out an indication that learn ‘Piano Classes,’ and caught that signal within the yard,” she stated. “My first pupil was my next-door neighbor, who noticed the signal whereas strolling down the road. … It simply grew from there.”
After a 12 months in enterprise, Miles celebrated by placing on a efficiency at her constructing in WaterMark Place.
“I invited [Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley], pastors, legal professionals, medical doctors, completely different those who I’d met alongside the best way,” she stated. “It form of motivated me to ask each vital particular person I may consider that I knew … and the few college students I had. … I spoke to the gang and launched what I used to be doing.”
It was intimidating at first for Miles, who was 21 on the time.
“I used to be considering, ‘What in the event that they don’t present up? What in the event that they don’t care what I’ve to say? To them, I’m only a child.’ I used to be confirmed unsuitable. Everyone confirmed up,” Miles stated.
Piamistry College of Music is positioned at 4500 Katies Manner at WaterMark Place in Bessemer, Alabama. Digital and in-person classes can be found. For scheduling or extra info, go to piamistry.com, e mail [email protected], or observe on Fb and Instagram @piamistry.