Little Kids Rock transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools.

Thousands of Little Kids Rock teachers across 48 states lead a national movement to bring innovative and inclusive music education to students. Using popular music styles like rock, pop, Latin, and rap, our teachers build music programs that are as diverse as the kids they serve. Little Kids Rock provides musical instruments, teacher training, curriculum, and other resources that are key to successful school music programs. More than 550,000 kids currently participate in Little Kids Rock programs nationwide. Since 2002, the organization has reached more than 1,000,000 students.

Our Story

In 1996, first-grade school teacher Dave Wish grew frustrated with the lack of funding for music education. He began offering after-school popular music classes to his students. His goal was simple: to teach children to play the music they knew and loved. The results were amazing! Kids from all over the school began signing up for music classes, performing for the community, composing their own songs, and more.

Inspired by the incredible impact that the music was having upon his students, Dave founded Little Kids Rock in 2002 to bring music to kids at other schools. With early support from musical luminaries like Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker, Little Kids Rock has since catapulted onto the national stage and become one of the country’s leading music education nonprofits.

See Our Impact
Founder & CEO of Little Kids Rock, Dave Wish, with his first guitar class.

Dave Wish, Founder & CEO, with his first music class
(Redwood City, California, 1996)

Meet the People Behind the Mission

The Team
The Board

If we want harmony in the world, we must invest in harmony.

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