I am a teacher at a school in Northern Virginia for children with serious behaviour issues. Three years ago we started the "Guitars not Guns" program in the hopes that it would give some of our students more positive options for their free time. The program has worked wonderfully! We not only continue to interest new students in learning the guitar, but our past GnG students are continuing to learn as well as helping to teach the new students! The guitars they receive at the end of the program would likely be unaffordable for these children, and they cherish them. They are all so proud of their accomplishments--we have had students perform songs they have learned at our hoilday program, our talent show, and at our graduation ceremony. I would like to thank Dan T. for his tireless efforts with some very difficult students, and for sharing his love for music with us all! It has truly made a difference!
Our son started guitar lessons with Guitar not Guns last year and is ready to start the next session. The classes have been great. The teachers are encouraging, patient, and entertaining, and they work to each child's level and musical interests. Our son enjoys it and actually plays at home now! The recital at the end of last session was impressive. The kids and teachers all performed and put on an amazing show. Guitar Not Guns is a great program.
My son joined GNG beginning his freshman year in highschool. His school did not offer a music program and a friend told us about GNG. He joined as an advanced student and couldn't be more happier. He's practicing more, even starting to try his hand at writing music. The volunteers are incredible. Their learning styles and encouragement keep the kids interested and wanting to learn more. They try their best to accommodate their schedule to the kids school schedules. Their positive attitudes lend to the possibilities of our children becoming future volunteers.