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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!
I work in Dallas, TX in a low SES neighborhood and this organization is giving me free instruments to use with my students. These kids don't get all of the best opportunities, but thanks to Little Kids Rock, they do get the opportunity to learn the joy of making music.
I teach music in a large public high school in NY. The first time I heard of Little Kids Rock I thought i would take a chance because I wanted to do something new for my students, and we did not have the money to buy new instruments. The training session was an unbelievable wealth of information, and was the best thing I have ever done in my 8 year career as a teacher. The joy on the kids' faces when we opened guitars was great, and many of them were shocked that they were just given to our school. The methods are SO easy to use, and The Hang puts everything together in the easiest way. Kids learned to play so quickly because they were excited about what they were learning and it was relevant to them. Their parents were dumbfounded at the spring concert when they saw everything their kids could do, and many of them didn't believe their son or daughter could play drums or keyboard. The entire thing was so rewarding for the students, the parents, the school and myself, I can't recommend it enough. Kids need to make music, not just read and write about it. This idea is the key that LKR is based on, and I couldn't agree more. THANK YOU for bringing the chance of making music to my school!!!
I have helped hundreds of students experience music after school in Boyle Heights. In my seven years teaching LKR many of my students continue to perform in the community. A great program that has given countless students an opportunity to rock out they would've never had.
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!
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!!!