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August 21, 2013

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August 21, 2013

I have been teaching music for the last four years with Little Kids Rock and it has revolutionized my teaching. Their Modern Band approach to music for kids is so much fun - you forget how much you are learning. The tools they provide make it an easy access for the kids to learn the music they love. And the instruments they put into schools open up so many doors for our kids! My own students have begun to write songs and share their talents in many performances through the year. They grow in confidence, skills, and commitment as they fall in love with making music - a pastime they will enjoy for life!

Ways to make it better...

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

Make Little Kids Rock available to more cities and schools!

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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?

2013

October 16, 2012

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October 16, 2012

Little Kids Rock (LKR) daily transforms lives through music. The teacher's lives are enriched and the students receive training that will positively impact their lives. Personally, I have seen children that have "given-up" on school, turn around their lives to becoming a leader in their school - and it was all due to the influence of Little Kids Rock. Through Little Kids Rock the students are taught: PRACTICE is needed to succeed - it's not just luck. WE DEPEND ON EACH OTHER - everyone is important. And that if you work really hard together as a group.... There is the "coolness" factor that changes everything for the student (and teacher)!! The support from LKR headquarters is always there. The directors of LKR give opportunities to the teachers of LKR so that the entire organization is never stagnate, but is constantly progressing. LKR needs to be in every school! What would happen to education if the concepts of LKR were used in every school? That is the change education needs!!!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 13, 2012

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August 13, 2012

I learned more about Little Kids Rock from 1Love.org's website. I think what they do for underprivileged kids is fantastic. I especially like their grassroots approach and their commitment to the kids above all else. I highly recommend this organization! A+!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 7, 2011

Altruism in the form of empowering our disadvantaged urban youth. I speak as an LKR advocate/teacher in NJ for three years...their methods are unprecedented, their network is growing exponentially, and their core values and pedagogy applies to all content areas as well.

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

training, follow-up visits, their interactive website, charity events, local press and celebrity involvement.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand the styles of music, including more cultural sounds endemic to urban areas (i.e.Latino and hip hop music)

September 2, 2011

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September 2, 2011

My role with the Dallas ISD is coordinating partnerships that support our 230 schools. For the past four years, we've been blessed to have support from Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit with an incredible track record of transforming children's lives by improving and revitalizing music education in public schools in Dallas and 25 other cities nationwide. We honored this group with our highest recognition, the Superintendent's Partnership Award, in 2010.

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

Nearly 9,500 students from 87 Dallas ISD schools benefit from Little Kids Rock, which trains teachers in its innovative curriculum and donates the instruments and resources necessary to run modern music programs in schools which are threatened by budget cuts. In Dallas, this wonderful organization has offered teachers the means by which to open a new and exciting creative adventure with students, whose lives are changed by the experience in ways that are beautiful to behold. From elementary to high school

Ways to make it better...

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

Secure more funding so that Little Kids Rock could do even more. Encourage foundations and others with financial resources to support the work of this organization as they change lives of young people across the country, and in my own school district.

August 15, 2011

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August 15, 2011

Little Kids Rock is unique among nonprofits in how clear a path there is from a donation to a direct service. Money raised goes right to kids, and you can see immediate, life-changing impact from the moment they hold an instrument for the first time. LKR teachers are the most dedicated, creative volunteers I have ever met in 14 years of professional nonprofit experience. Rock on, LKR!

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

classroom visits, concerts, and conversations with teachers.

Ways to make it better...

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

help it grow in breadth and depth.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

August 12, 2011

I am so honored to be a part of Little Kids Rock and to be one of their ambassador teachers. What LKR has done for the two schools I teach at is phenomenal. What LKR has done for our district is unparalleled. They have trained and equipped over 100 teachers in the Dallas area. At my schools alone, they have not only given over 60 instruments, but have provided teacher support like no other organization I have ever seen. Through LKR, I have been able to meet musicians and music teachers from across the country, learn, work on curriculum, and grow as a teacher.
Little Kids Rock makes every teacher feel like somebody important. In turn, we teachers are inspired to make our students feel the same way. Little Kids Rock is not only helping to put music back in the public school classroom, it is putting fun back in learning...

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

growth in my guitar-based music program to over 170 students! I have also had the new experiences of helping in teacher training and curriculum writing. Little Kids Rock even set up a celebrity music special guest to my classroom!

Ways to make it better...

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

help spread the word to funders nationwide.

August 11, 2011

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August 11, 2011

I was introduced to Little Kids Rock in January of 2011 by one of my college professors. Interested in music PR (as a potential career), I had researched the company and found that as a charity, LKR raises money to restore and revitalize music education in public schools. It wasn't until I became a volunteer that I FULLY understood what this organization does for children. Yes, they provide free musical instruments and lessons to students who's schools have been stripped of the funds to provide for them, but they also allow for students to learn and explore their creativity and confidence. Without these lessons, students have a stronger chance of getting into trouble, and being less engaged in their school work. LKR gives kids something to look forward to - it makes them WANT to get up in the morning and go to school. It's said that approximately 52% of students engaged in music are more likely to attend college and/or continue their education after high school. That statistic alone had this organization on the top of my favorite list. With music lessons boosting a child's confidence and creativity, it's no wonder why music classes are so important to a school's curriculum. Don't let a rock star slip through the cracks! Help LKR help our children.

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

Seeing how many students LKR provides for nation-wide and seeing how much they love their music lessons.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand. Make LKR available to clubs (such as the Boys and Girls Club, ect..) and private schools.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This experience made me feel like my opinion mattered. The work I did was valued and appreciated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 9, 2011

After coming across the Little Kids Rock organization , I was totally impressed by their mission & commitment !
Having been fortunate enough to grow up & participate in school music programs during my elementary , junior high & high-school years during the '60's , I'm well aware of the
advantages & positive impact that education provided myself & my peers ! Many of them, including myself , are still involved in music as performers or business professionals or both .
Luckily through my company & my network of clients / friends , I've been able to connect LKR with some people & opportunities that will hopefully further their cause & benefit all concerned !
Also previously held a fund-raiser & plan on doing more in the future !
http://www.woodstock4ever.biz/Keepin--Kids-Rockin-.html

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

Seeing what it's doing for children across the country

Ways to make it better...

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

Open the doors to use other professional musicians to teach lessons as well as certified music teachers !

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Internet

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Raising funds

What is its top priority in the long run?

Impacting children's futures !

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 1, 2010

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October 1, 2010

I am so thankful and honored to be part of the Little Kids Rock Family. I got started with this program on accident. The music teacher could not make the Little Kids Rock Workshop in Chicago back in 2007, so I was asked if I'd like to check it out. No worries, give up my weekend to see how we can qualify for free guitars. I myself had just started playing an instrument in 2005 so this was exciting for me. After experiencing the LKR pedagogy and how they simplified theory into student friendly terms, I was hooked! Flash forward three years later, and now I currently hold a music endorsement on my teaching certificate! I originally started as a middle school History teacher, moved to Physical Education, and now I hold an accredidation for music from the Berkley College of Music. Who would have thought that this weekend workshop would change my life as a person, starting musician, and an instructor! The kids love love LOVE this program, especially now that they can transition between chords! LKR has provided a curriculum, a drum set, and of course GUITARS!!! When LKR is scheduled at my school, it is the highlight of my day. We have had such great times, jammed with professionals, played in front of 300 + people, the list goes on and on. And why did this happen? Hard work, dedication, and the tools provided by the Little Kids Rock Foundation to get us at the level where we are today!

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

my own school. Every child that watches the kids strolling along the hallways with their guitars and their LKR shirts knows that they are rock stars in the making! The little ones (ages 5-10) especially!

Ways to make it better...

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

Give raises to the wonderful staff members at Little Kids Rock headquarters for all that they do in their fight to keep music alive in our schools!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The instruments and the easy to use curriculum.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

experienced in what they were "selling." Very friendly and down to earth.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide even MORE INSTRUMENTS to MORE STUDENTS NATIONWIDE!!

Ways to make it better...

....well how could it get better?

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

like any other non-for profit in these tought economical times; funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I totally love this program!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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