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.