Unlock 3,000 children's inner music-makers

 
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Dec 16, 2010

A Blizzard of Thanks for More Kids Making Music

LKR student with the new guitar he won.
LKR student with the new guitar he won.

Dear Rockin' Supporters

Little Kids Rock’s strength is in viewing music education in a new way -- LKR is engaging kids who are not motivated by traditional music programs, like 12-year-old Quentin Richardson, who, after three years in Little Kids Rock has remarkable skills  http://littlekidsrock.org/crazy_train.html  that won him a Jackson® Randy RhoadsTM guitar.  Thanks to your help, Little Kids Rock is now reaching nearly 63,000 children nationwide with music education that that uses the music kids know and love to give them a learning experience that resonates (pun intended!)

Music has the power to change children's lives – shy kids become bolder, angry and aggressive kids mellow out.  Playing music together helps children learn about teamwork and can motivate them to overcome the challenges in their lives.  Our challenge, as adults, is that more children than ever before have returned to silent classrooms this year, because budget cuts eliminated their school music programs. 

Please take advantage of the last few days of 2010 to send a message to kids like Quentin – 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. 

Keep on Rockin'

Little Kids Rock

Oct 4, 2010

October 12-21 -- you have even more power to change a kid's life through music

Jade at BB King
Jade at BB King's

Dear Rockin' Supporters

Music has the power to change children's lives.  A young girl from Jersey City named Jade knows it.  She even wrote a song called "Change" -- a powerful testament to how music has changed her life: http://littlekidsrock.org/change.html

Jade has written several songs, and was chosen from among more than 400 students to be a grand prize winner in Little Kids Rock's 2010 songwriting contest.  Another thing about Jade that makes her new found talent so remarkable: she is partially deaf.  Before she was involved with Little Kids Rock, Jade rarely spoke up in class – now the entire school turns out to hear her sing and play.

By putting children in touch with their creative sides, music can motivate children to overcome the challenges in their lives.  Little Kids Rock’s challenge is that more children than ever before have returned to silent classrooms this year, because budget cuts eliminated music programs from public schools.

Starting on October 12, www.GlobalGiving.org is matching all donations – and as a special incentive for Little Kids Rock to invite all our friends to meet the challenge of restoring and revitalizing music education, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds between Oct 12-21 ... AND another $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors. 

Please take advantage of this special opportunity to leverage your gift.  Visit our project between Oct 12th and 21stGive 3,000 students access to music education (#1464) – and 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.

Like Jade says, “It's time to change, Be right and rearrange.”

You have the power to change a child's life, and maybe even to save it. 

Keep on Rockin'

Little Kids Rock

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Aug 16, 2010

Our Wish is for No Silent Classrooms

Gene Simmons visits LKR School in East L.A.
Gene Simmons visits LKR School in East L.A.

This September, more kids than ever before will be returning to silent classrooms because school budget cuts eliminated their music programs. Little Kids Rock is reversing that trend by teaching kids to play contemporary music, how to improvise and how to compose their own music.

Here is a song written by one of our middle school students. Her song is called "Change." I think it illustrates quite powerfully how music has changed her life: www.littlekidsrock.org/change.html

Little Kids Rock will be going back to school with 54,000 low-income students rockin’ in 24 cities nationwide. You and all our friends at Global Giving can help us reach 75,000 kids by the end of 2010.

Also, two exciting new things will help us spread the word and build momentum –

MTV will feature Little Kids Rock on its show “Made” on August 19th at 5 pm (check your local listings). The Little Kids Rock segment will be in the first half hour :)

"Gene Simmons Family Jewels" on A&E. is featuring Gene’s visit to Little Kids Rock students in East LA. The episode, entitled "For The Love of Rock," premieres on August 24th at 9 pm (check your local listings).

Please tune in to see Little Kids Rock on television and help put music back where it belongs -- in our schools!

Thanks, and Keep on Rockin’,

Little Kids Rock

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Jun 14, 2010

Your gift is rockin’ overtime on June 16th – 150%

Dear Rockin’ Supporters,

http://littlekidsrock.org/therain.html

These are our kids at a school that had NO music program whatsoever. It's an original song by the kid who is rapping. He was a gang member and well on the road to dropping out of school to a life on the streets. NOW...he is at school every single day. Why?

Music – it has transformed his life.

Thanks to your help Little Kids Rock is now reaching over 54,000 underprivileged students nationwide with free musical instruments and lessons.

We love this work, and we are so grateful to you for helping to make it happen.

Our challenge is to raise $914,000 to reach 75,000 kids by year’s end – only $12.19 per student, so please support changing a kid’s life – or a group of kids.

Wednesday June 16th is a special day to ring out the school year and make your donation increase its impact. Global Giving is making a 50% match of any gift you give by visiting our link http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/music-education/

Please take advantage of this special opportunity to leverage your gift and help put music back where it belongs -- in our schools!

Keep on Rockin’,

Little Kids Rock

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Apr 8, 2010

Over 50,000 students served!

Flashback Little Kids Rock Band
Flashback Little Kids Rock Band

Dear Rockin’ Supporters,

Thanks to your help Little Kids Rock is now reaching over 50,000 underprivileged students nationwide with free musical instruments and lessons!

Sabian announced a donation of 100 cymbal sets to Little Kids Rock, complementing a recent donation of 100 drum kits by Musician’s Friend. Little Kids Rock also named drummer Chad Smith to its honorary board.

A group of our students in Nashville performed for Governor Bredesen at the holiday tree lighting in December, and recently performed for LKR sponsor Hot Topic. Check out the story by clicking the link below. http://www.fox17.com/newsroom/music_beat/videos/vid_216.shtml

We are also expanding our program into new cities, with chapter launches in Minneapolis and New Orleans scheduled for this fall.

Thank you for supporting Little Kids Rock, and keep an eye open for more news you can use.

Keep on Rockin’, Little Kids Rock

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