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Nonprofit Supports Music Programs in Schools

Nonprofit Supports Music Programs in Schools

Social entrepreneurs are investing in education, and that’s a good thing!

What started off as a contribution to a music class has turned into a national nonprofit that supports music programs in school. David Wish is the founder of  Little Kids Rock, which is the largest free-instrument program in the United States.

When the New York teacher saw that his school had eliminated their music program due to funding, Wish, a musician, decided to give his first graders free guitar lessons. He called his musician friends and asked for instruments. To his surprise, the donations poured in, and more students began to ask for music lessons. Before long, Wish was training other teachers at his school to help him keep up with the demand. His methodology is simple: teach kids to play the music they know and love. Not surprisingly, the students learned very quickly.

Today, Wish no longer teaches but devotes all his time to ensure that his organization continues to provide free instruments and training to public school across the country.The nonprofit currently serves 25 cities including Dallas and Houston. If your music program has been cut due to budget restraints, contact Little Kids Rock to see how they can help you restore a music program back in your school.

Little Kids Rock supporters include B.B.King, Slash from Guns N Roses, rocker Gene Simmons, Paul Simon, Clarence Clemons, Ziggy Marley and many more.

Read more about this story at Edweek.com.
Learn more about Little Kids Rock.

Photo Courtesy: Bebeto Matthews, AP
David Wish leads a Little Kids Rock music class at PS 176 in New York City in 2003. Mr. Wish’s organization has become one of the largest free instrumental-music programs in the United States.