Guitars not Guns
January 25, 2012
This is my second year volunteering as a guitar teacher for GNG. Although I have played for half a century, and taught math, science and art in the schools, teaching guitar is a new challenge. Today's kids have no culture of traditional song and finding that connection has been an education for me. It is truly pleasing to have students actually returning week after week to pick up tips and learn to play. I see a real need fulfilled for all of us, students and teachers alike.
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Guitars not Guns
January 21, 2011
I had been a math and art teacher in the public schools for decades. After I retired, I returned to my music for a new career. During one evening's performance I learned about Guitars Not Guns. This was the outlet I had been looking for; a different teaching opportunity, a new way to reach those kids whose lives might not be as free and easy as my own. I have thoroughly enjoyed the program, it has all the elements necessary for sound music instruction at no cost to the families. It gives kids a chance to begin a hobby that they can lean on in tough times. Perhaps some day one or two may find true respect and happiness in music.
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There is a real joy in seeing kids come to the next session having spent time with the guitar and improved their playing during the week.
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The greatest difficulty is the sheer number of students sharing the same space. We need to spread ourselves into more rooms so we can hear and teach. We also need cheap tuners to give the kids so they can keep their instruments in tune between sessions.
Volunteer & I teach kids the basics of the guitar.