Amelia Downs was a choral scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, England. For the past four years, she has been employed by the Braeburn International School in Arusha, Tanzania, where she has taught the British curriculum to children of all ages, led music clubs, choirs, coached singing and dancing for theatre productions, and managed other musical events. In particular, she has enjoyed incorporating Kiswahili songs and traditional dancing and drumming into her curriculum. Shehas also maintained a private studio teaching piano, violin and voice.
Millie is an active member of the music community in Arusha, where she manages events including a recent collaboration concert between Kenyan and Arusha choirs, workshops with traditional Tanzanian musicians, and evenings of English traditional dance. She also serves as secretary and education advisor on the Board of Directors of Shining A Light, an empowerment program for underprivileged women. Shining A Light teaches clients leatherwork, beading and textiles, business skills, finance, healthcare, English, reading and writing. Millie sees the philosophy of El Sistema as a powerful tool for transforming communities such as Arusha through music education.