Increased Access to and Equity in Music Education

Initiative Creating Sustainable Arts Programming in America’s Toughest Schools
Grantee Partner Lead Guitar
Lead Guitar reaches students who would otherwise never have the opportunity to learn, create and experience the joy of making music.

Lead Guitar provides rigorous music education through free and sustainable classical guitar programs in public schools where 80% or more of students are eligible for free/reduced price lunch. These are schools that lack access to critical resources and opportunities including arts education. In-school music education inspires students to engage with their school community in new ways, prompts students to examine and expand their personal narratives, and activates growth mind-set. Lead Guitar participants experience the joy of music making while developing discipline, self-esteem, and teamwork skills: attributes that help them realize success throughout their lives.