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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Bands & Ensembles, Education, Music, Primary & Elementary Schools

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.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Kids Rock has empowered my students to explore their creativity, self expression, and passion for music. The pedagogy insures confidence building and a fundamental comfort with the instruments students choose to play. I had always dreamed of starting a guitar class but didn't have the resources. When I met Dave Wish not only was I able to start the class but now we have a successful program where kids can play a variety of instruments, explore the music that they know and love, write their own music, and, most importantly, perform for their peers and community. Our students have made connections with business leaders, mayors, and rock stars, and they know that there is an amazing world available to them that they have entered because of Little Kids rock.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Kids Rock has changed my entire role as a teacher. I get to spend my entire teaching time working at two different schools teaching guitar classes to grades 6-12! The successes everyday I have seen with my students are something that will stay with me forever!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Can you imagine a world where Music Education's funding gets smaller and smaller every year? Welcome to the world we live in. This is where Little Kids Rock comes in. Little Kids Rock supplements schools budget for instruments and provides valuable materials to music teacher to help keep their curriculum fresh and interesting. We are a group of guitarists and musicians in the Baltimore Metro area. We looked long and hard for a group charity. All signs took us to Little Kids Rock. Read some of the touching stories, watch the kids in their videos and see the pride and confidence they extrude. There's no better musical charity for our money. Help them out so they can reach more cities. The Baltimore Guitarist Group loves Little Kids Rock!!!

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During my tenure with the Hot Topic Foundation Board, I have had the opportunity to interact with Little Kids Rock on numerous occasions. Our Board has granted funds to Little Kids Rock since 2005 and partnered with them on numerous initiatives and events. The enthusiasm from the LKR team is contagious and inspiring. They are also one of the most organized, planful and stategic-thinking organizations I have worked with. Little Kids Rock supports a terrific cause and goes about supporting this cause "smartly".