When you donate $50 to Little Kids Rock, you your gift puts a brand new guitar into a child’s hands, but did you know that your donation also helps children find their voices… literally?
Nancy Robles grew up in Dallas, TX with a severe speech impediment that causes her to stutter in between words. Her disability proved to be a major hurdle to her social and intellectual development, since communicating was difficult and embarrassing for her.
When her 7th grade Little Kids Rock teacher offered her a chance to learn to play guitar and to write songs, she embarked on a journey that has changed her life. "When I was first in school, I was very shy,” she said. “When I started with my songwriting, it really helped me."
Two years ago, Nancy broke free from her insecurities and sang publicly for the first time when she submitted an original composition to the annual Little Kids Rock songwriting exhibition. Her teacher noticed something that amazed him and Nancy – her speech impediment completely went away when she sang!
Writing and performing her own music has given Nancy a creative outlet to express her feelings in a way that is comfortable to her and allows her to communicate confidently. She has written more than 100 songs during her four years in a Little Kids Rock program, including one about losing her father six years ago. "I used to deal with my problems in a bad way,” Nancy said. “When I found music, it really helped me a lot."
She has performed her music for crowds of more than 500 people – a feat nobody would have expected to be possible just two short years ago.
Your support of Little Kids Rock has empowered Nancy to toss the limitations of her speech impediment aside and sing loudly and proudly. She still battles her speech disorder daily, but now does not let it hinder her growth as a musician, a student, or a young adult.
Music has the power to inspire creativity and self-assurance in children and Little Kids Rock strives to make a lasting, positive impact on kids’ lives by providing them with the tools and support they need to become music-makers and confident people.
Every day, Little Kids Rock learns about a new child whose life has been changed by music. Your support makes it possible to make these positive transformations possible for schoolchildren across the country!
"Music class is a place where you can try to be yourself," Nancy says. "And it is important because music can save lives."
Please consider to transform a child's life by making a gift this March in honor of "National Music In Our Schools" month. You may just help a child find their voice.
P.S. We at Little Kids Rock HQ were so impressed by Nancy that we covered her song! Check out the video below.
But look closer --
Sure it's about guitars and the "gift of music" -- but it has much deeper meaning to lots of kids. Your gift helps make photos like this a reality. Please make it a happier New Year for a lot of kids. Click Here for a very special "Thank You" and have a rockin' holiday!
Elementary school students are learning a new kind of writing -- songwriting.
Little Kids Rock stands alone among music education programs for placing songwriting at the center of the learning experience. Playing music is an expressive outlet, but writing a song -- putting original thoughts into a recording -- calls kids to share their experiences and views in a way that builds confidence and character.
The songs that result can be cute, poignant, and even profound.
Take "Help the People of Haiti" written by 10-year-old Jailine. It's her response to the earthquake in Haiti and a call to her classmates and everyone to help provide relief from the devastation and rebuild. Here's a sample from the lyrics:
I see you standing there asking yourself, "Why. Why me?"I ask myself the same thing, and here's what I'm gonna do now.Save our country, yeah. I'm gonna blaze a trail of healing.Believing we can do it all together.
Help the people of HaitiMy people, your peopleHumankind, yeahCome on and join!
Now watch the video here
Powerful stuff. Catchy too. See if you find yourself singing...Help the people of Haiti, my people, your people... later on today.
We are so proud of Jailine and all of the Little Kids Rock students out there writing songs about their world.
By putting children in touch with their creative sides, music can motivate children to become the change for good in the world. Little Kids Rock’s challenge is that millions of children are returning to silent classrooms this fall, because budget cuts eliminated music programs from public schools.
Like Jailine says, "Just because people don't talk about it doesn't mean it's over." That's where you have an opportunity...
Please take a stand and send a message to kids like Jailine – let them know they have advocates who appreciate what they are learning and know that MUSIC MATTERS in a child’s education.
Visit our project – Give 3,000 students access to music education (#1464) – and please give as generously as you can, so that more kids can receive the lifelong gift of music through LKR's free instruments and innovative lessons that focus on teaching kids to perform, improvise and compose the music they love. You have the power to help a child be positive, focused, and creative – attributes that will help them throughout their lives.
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Kids with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) are often required to forego music class in favor of additional time with academic subjects – or to have music programs that are courses in “guided listening” or “hand percussion activities”. Not Jose.
Jose’s teachers decided to try "mainstreaming" him into a Little Kids Rock (LKR) class with other middle school students. Jose felt intimidated and scared, because whenever he came into contact with other kids in art class and in phys. ed., he could see that looked at him differently and might even tease him. He was really nervous, but he really wanted to play guitar.
When Jose entered his first Little Kids Rock class, the LKR teacher immediately put a guitar in his hands and showed him how to play a chord. Since it was a class ensemble and everyone played guitar together at the same time, he blended in! That was all he needed to get started. Over a period of about a month, Jose went from being shy and quiet to being one of the standout guitarists in the room. When Jose played, he played to rock the house!
By the end of his second month with Little Kids Rock, Jose became known around school as "The Rocker." Kids who had been unable to see past Jose’s challenges now were focused on his ability to play, and they wanted to be his friend. For the first time in his life, Jose was esteemed among his peers. Jose’s newfound confidence and the change in how he was perceived at school made his family become huge fans of Little Kids Rock.
The amazing thing was…nobody did anything special for Jose. The LKR teacher simply gave Jose the same tools and attention as he gave the other Little Kids Rock students – the opportunity to start something new together as equals.
Little Kids Rock helps break down the barriers that isolate children by providing them with free instruments, free music lessons, and a support system of teachers and friends who can appreciate them for who they are.
Please visit us at http://littlekidsrock.com/pledge-a-donation.html and click “Donate Now” to donate securely with a credit card, or return your donation in the enclosed envelope. Thank you for helping build a better learning environment for our children.
Music can transform a child’s life and the ambiance of an entire school. Consider the impact you can make with a donation of $50, which puts an instrument into a child’s hands.
12-year-old Nailah found her confidence in a Jersey City Little Kids Rock classroom 5,600 miles away from her native Egypt. Her school principal observed her struggling to communicate and relying heavily on her translator.
Days later, he stopped into a Little Kids Rock teacher’s classroom and witnessed something that brought a tear to his eye. The teacher asked the group who would like to audition for a solo in Mariah Carey’s song, All I Want For Christmas Is You, and Nailah was the first person to stand up and sing the song to a group of 60 kids in the packed classroom. Students passing by the room ducked in to see who was singing.
Music has the power to create an atmosphere of cooperation and support.
“Students were captivated by her confidence and were non-judgmental of her pronunciation issues with the English text,” her teacher said. The principal goes on to address bullying, a troubling issue in schools today. “If we want to stop bullying, I think we should get Little Kids Rock into more schools,” the principal said.
So you see how your generous contribution helps break down the barriers that isolate children by providing them with free instruments, free music lessons, and a support system of teachers and peers who appreciate them for who they are.
Thank you for helping Little Kids Rock build a better environment for our children, and please give as generously as you can.
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