My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Little Kids Rock, Verona, NJ, USA
I have been a Little Kids Rock teacher since 2010. LKR provided my elementary music classroom with acoustic guitars and me with plenty of training, so that I was able to introduce Modern Band as another "stream" into my classes. They also provide an ongoing "Teacher Hang" website where I can connect with other Little Kids Rock teachers across the nation and download tons of materials, as well as share materials and ideas, share videos of my students, and make friends with like-minded colleagues. They have also provided some electric guitars, including one Taylor that just arrived out of nowhere one day, and is the pride of my classroom. They have promised me a trap set next. Because of LKR, my students have had the opportunity to play with James Burton (Elvis' and others' lead guitarist) twice, an experience of a lifetime for them and for me. My students perform annually at Artfest, which is the largest children's arts festival in the South (Shreveport, LA) and give a spring concert.
This past summer, I flew to Ft. Collins, CO and attended the LKR National Conference for Teachers for three days at CSU. This was practically free for me (other than the flight), and I learned so much that I was able to take back to my students. I can hardly wait to go next summer!
I am providing so much more for my students than just the fun of playing "their music", although this is significant. All of the research shows that learning to play an instrument actually increases the volume of the corpus callosum (part of the brain that connects the hemispheres) and creates more connections in the brain than any other activity that has been studied. This helps my students with executive function, fine motor and emotional growth. I know it has a very positive impact on all of their other studies.