Little Kids Rock

Rating: 4.98 stars   50 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 271 Grove Ave., Bldg E2 Verona NJ 07044 USA

Mission: Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit organization determined to build a world, through music, where kids can lead creative, rich, purposeful lives, and we won't rest until every public school student has the opportunity to unlock his or her inner music-maker.
Results: Little Kids Rock has: Brought free instrumental music lessons into more than 300,000 kids' lives. Trained and equipped more than 2,360 public school teachers to run Modern Band programs. Distributed more than 46,824 to schools across the U.S. Supported more than 26 inner city public school districts' music programs.
Target demographics: K-12 public school students via music education
Direct beneficiaries per year: 135,000 students and 1,200 teachers make music a dynamic part of the school day
Geographic areas served: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington DC
Programs: We won’t rest until every public school student has the opportunity to unlock his or her inner music-maker. Little Kids Rock has worked hard to ensure access to engaging, relevant, Modern Band music classes and brand new instruments for more than 300,000 under-served schoolchildren across the U.S., at no cost to the students, teachers, or school districts. Little Kids Rock trains public school teachers, donates all of the instruments, resources and support they need to ensure that their kids receive the right to rock! What makes Little Kids Rock's Modern Band program different is that they do more than just donate instruments like guitars, drums and keyboards; they build lasting music programs that focus on teaching kids to perform, improvise and compose the popular music genres that kids already know and love, like rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae and R&B.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This amazing charity has supplied my 150 students and myself with amazing instruments! We love little kids Rock!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it mandatory in every country!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have been a Little Kids Rock teacher since 2010. LKR provided my elementary music classroom with acoustic guitars and me with plenty of training, so that I was able to introduce Modern Band as another "stream" into my classes. They also provide an ongoing "Teacher Hang" website where I can connect with other Little Kids Rock teachers across the nation and download tons of materials, as well as share materials and ideas, share videos of my students, and make friends with like-minded colleagues. They have also provided some electric guitars, including one Taylor that just arrived out of nowhere one day, and is the pride of my classroom. They have promised me a trap set next. Because of LKR, my students have had the opportunity to play with James Burton (Elvis' and others' lead guitarist) twice, an experience of a lifetime for them and for me. My students perform annually at Artfest, which is the largest children's arts festival in the South (Shreveport, LA) and give a spring concert.

This past summer, I flew to Ft. Collins, CO and attended the LKR National Conference for Teachers for three days at CSU. This was practically free for me (other than the flight), and I learned so much that I was able to take back to my students. I can hardly wait to go next summer!

I am providing so much more for my students than just the fun of playing "their music", although this is significant. All of the research shows that learning to play an instrument actually increases the volume of the corpus callosum (part of the brain that connects the hemispheres) and creates more connections in the brain than any other activity that has been studied. This helps my students with executive function, fine motor and emotional growth. I know it has a very positive impact on all of their other studies.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teacher who has instruments, provided by Little Kids Rock. It is an amazing experience for children to play a guitar at school. Many of them just don't have the funds for an instrument, let alone lessons. That's where Little Kids Rock steps in. To provide instruments and training to teachers. Seeing kids play the modern music that moves them is such a blessing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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This organization has provided resources to help my students get started playing the guitar. It also inspires their creativity with regular song writing contests. Little Kids Rock is helping kids with few means to experience the joy of playing an instrument.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a small town setting.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm proud to have served Little Kids Rock for almost 8 years.

A big chunk of my professional energies involves providing consulting services to companies serving the K12 education sector . I see an endless variety of different products, programs and practices and about education being applied across the US schools and districts.

At the individual school and classroom level, I can honestly say that for very small amounts of funding, I can't think of many other educational program that provides anywhere near the level of impact on children's lives and educational progress that Little Kids Rock provides. LKR provides an amazing ROI.

In addition, Little Kids Rock benefits teachers-through enabling many to do what they really want to do: teach and impact kids lives.

And oh yeah, there's also the bit about just how totally cool it is seeing kids' total enjoyment making music they love with other kids!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was ready to leave teaching. As a NYC music teacher after 8 years of not having supplies I was ready to give up. After taking the LKR workshop I had all the supplies and support I needed. It has been 7 years since then. LKR saved me career and has been changing my students lives for the better!

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I have been working alongside Little Kids Rock since 2011 and have had the pleasure of seeing all of the amazing things this organization does, year after year. I have seen the smiles on children's faces when their favorite musician stops by their school to drop off new guitars. I have seen their excitement when Lady Gaga enters the room. I have seen what happens when they are given the opportunity to play on stage with some of the greatest living legends in rock and roll. Not only does Little Kids Rock do wonderful things for the children and schools they serve, they make sure everybody has a blast along the way! I cannot think of a cooler nonprofit!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with helping Little Kids Rock raise funds, awareness, and plan events that have furthered their mission of bringing a lifelong gift of music two children. This organization does not pump up it's stats, or make specious claims. They just do great work, and do it very well. It is an honor to be associated with the good people at Little Kids Rock and the children they serve!

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I am a general music teacher in a inner city, low income middle school in San Francisco. This is my fourth year working with Little Kids Rock. I can't say enough great things about this organization. First, Little Kids Rock does exactly what they say they are going to do…they put instruments in the hands of children. Because of Little Kids Rock, all of my students are able to learn on the acoustic guitar. LKR have donated acoustic guitars, keyboards, electric guitars and bass guitars to my classroom.
The curriculum that Little Kids Rock has is so simple and so intelligent. The illustrations and photos that they use in their curriculum help me to serve my general population, my English language learners and my Special Education students. The lesson plans cover exactly what I need in order to teach to the standards.
Little Kids Rock has also given my students the opportunity to play with professional musicians at their Gala events. These events have changed the way some of my students feel about themselves and has helped them increase their self esteem through doing something that they love.
I LOVE Little Kids Rock!

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This organization has changed the lives of hundreds of my students over the past 7 years. I work in a school of poverty where students struggle every day with math and language arts. This organization has given students so much to hope for as they excel in music class. Students will never be alone knowing that they have something that they love doing (playing music)!! I am so grateful that this organization has supported me every step of the way and continue to do so. No email or phone call goes unanswered. More importantly what they have reaches the people who need it. Little Kids Rock really ROCK!!

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