Little Kids Rock, Inc.

Little Kids Rock restores and revitalizes public school music education. We inspire children to express themselves through music, building the creativity, confidence, and self-esteem that are critical to success in school and beyond. We accomplish this by: pioneering innovative teaching methods, preparing teachers to utilize our methods and materials, providing musical instruments and instruction.
May 7, 2014

Transformed by a Musical Experience

 Transformed by a Musical Experience

The House of Blues Hollywood was packed with Pantera fans who had gathered to pay tribute to their recently gunned down guitar God, Darrell Abbott. High school student Areli Morales stood backstage preparing to sing before the largest crowd she had ever seen. MTV had cameras rolling and the audience was loud, as she tried to swallow the lump in her throat.

“As I stood there in front of the sea of metal music lovers, I feared that I might somehow forget my lines and dishonor Darrell and my band,” Areli said, remembering her experience on that transformative night. “But I took a deep breath, focused on the moment and a rush of energy filled me. I made the best of that moment.”

Areli discovered her love for performing and found her self-confidence in her high school Modern Band class. The class was led by Scott Burstein, a teacher who took Little Kids Rock’s free training and received a donation of instruments and curricular resources that would give Areli the tools she needed to share her soulful music with the world.

“I don’t believe I will encounter a moment more nerve-racking than taking the stage at the House of Blues,” she said. “[Little Kids Rock] improved my self-confidence and helped me overcome stage fright.”

With the support of her teachers and classmates, Areli brought the “House [of Blues]” down! The whole concert was featured on MTV, which was an extra bonus for the budding rock star and her music classmates.

“She had great stage presence and confidence,” Burstein said of her performance.

Areli is now a recent college graduate with a degree in Recreation and Tourism Management and a minor in French, and enjoys playing shows for huge audiences. She takes any opportunity to sing and perform.

“I love the energy of commanding a stage fueled by the power of music,” said Areli, who also pens her own songs. “I am moved to write while traveling because it gives me a second to reflect and disconnect. I find that every experience can be transformed into music.”

However, it was a musical experience at the House of Blues that transformed Areli.

Feb 20, 2014

Give a kid an instrument & change her life forever

"Music is a gift. You give it away and you get to keep it forever."

This sentiment fueled some Little Kids Rock employees and donors to stop by Beechwood Elementary to give a few brand new guitars to a classroom of kids who have been staying after school to learn to play and write their own music!

The kids had no idea that they were coming and the looks on their faces when the instruments were unveiled were priceless!

This is just another example of the many lives that Little Kids Rock transforms and enriches every day by giving children the opportunity to find their inner music-makers.

Check it out!


Dec 6, 2013

Thankful for Music in Our Lives

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Little Kids Rock!

Dear Friends and Generous Donors,

What are you thankful for?

I am thankful for the hundreds of thousands of children who have had "ah-ha!" moments in their Little Kids Rock classes. For example, just the other day, when I visited one of our elementary schools, a student said to me, "Did you know that the Beatles used the same chords in 'Let It Be' as The Lumineers did in 'Ho Hey'?"

More than 118,000 kids in over 1,000 public schools from coast to coast are experiencing "ah-ha!" moments like this thanks to the support of people like you. These kids are grateful to have the gift of music in their lives.

Here is what they have to say!

Thank you for supporting our kids. Each gift makes an impact on a child's life, and I ask that you create more "ah-ha!" moments for our kids by giving today.


Dave Wish

Dave Wish
Executive Director and Founder
Little Kids Rock


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