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 Haiti
My people, your people
Come 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.
Keep on Rockin'
Little Kids Rock