Founder David Wish with his first guitar class
Little Kids Rock founder, David Wish, introduces his first guitar class at their first performance!

Our History

In 1996, an elementary school teacher, David Wish, grew frustrated with the lack of funding for music education at his school. Realizing that he would have to take it upon himself to make sure his kids got a chance to explore music, David began offering an after-school guitar class to interested students. The classes became wildly popular, and as more kids sought to enroll, he decided to take the program national.

In 2002, with initial support from musical luminaries like Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker, Little Kids Rock was born. What began as an informal project led by a single school teacher and a handful of volunteers has since evolved into a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that has served tens of thousands of students across the country.

With the support of Board Members and a host of celebrated luminaries in the music industry, Little Kids Rock is poised to significantly extend its service to school children across the United States.