I sit in the board of directors of an incredibly, totally cool non-profit call “Little Kids Rock” (LKR.)
LKR is dedicated to restoring and revitalizing music in public schools. LKR’s unique program provides free instruments and instruction to over 53,000 kids (and growing) in low-income public schools in 23 cities across 10 states. We probably give away more instruments, certainly guitars, than anyone else on the world!
Founded 8 years ago by a former elementary school teacher and absolutely singular individual, David Wish in the Bay Area, LKR is now based nationally out of Montclair, New Jersey.
The program was developed in reaction to David’s need for a simple method for teaching music to kids that frankly weren’t and aren’t getting any instruction in our budget strapped public schools. David came up with an elegantly simple program that teaches kids in an organic manner similar to how people acquire language. The program emphasizes playing and improvising around music formats like rock and roll, the blues, rap and other vernacular versions of popular music. Kids are also especially encouraged to write their own songs.
I’m going to be writing more about LKR and current events. Please reach out to me if you would like to learn more about LKR or perhaps even visit a class. We love talking about the program and the wake of change it provides to children everywhere.