Frequently Asked Questions
Wondering how to bring a rockin’ music program to your school? Check out our How It Works page or take a look at our most frequently asked questions below to learn more.
We’re always looking for dedicated, passionate teachers to participate in Little Kids Rock. The most important qualifications are a belief in the value of music education, enthusiasm for teaching children and a desire to commit time to doing something cool!
Ready to rock? Click here to apply.
How do I apply to become a Little Kids Rock teacher?
Please click here to submit your application.
Who is eligible to teach Little Kids Rock classes?
To become a Little Kids Rock Teacher, you must:
- be a full-time public school teacher
- work in a public school with a free and reduced lunch statistic of 50% or more
- be able to attend the workshop in its entirety
- teach in a district in or near one of our chapters
- have basic proficiency on modern band instruments
- be willing and able to offer modern band classes at your school at least once a week
- be ready to have a SERIOUSLY rockin’ time!
How do I bring Little Kids Rock to my city?
If we are not yet established in your city, that means that not enough demand, interest, or region-specific funding is coming from your area. The best way for you to bring Little Kids Rock there is to spread the word throughout your school district, surrounding school districts, to companies willing to donate, and to other charitable foundations that would support a Little Kids Rock chapter launch in your city. In the meantime, you can apply to become a Little Kids Rock teacher through our website. Your name will be added to a wait list and we will contact you as soon as we schedule a workshop near you. Even if your school does not participate in the program, free Little Kids Rock music lessons are available to you here.
I want to apply for a workshop, but I see there are none scheduled near me.
Since most of our funding is region-specific, we can only schedule workshops in areas that we have enough monetary support to do so. In the meantime, you can apply to become a Little Kids Rock teacher through our website. Your name will be added to a wait list and we will contact you as soon as we schedule a workshop near you. Even if your school does not participate in the program, free Little Kids Rock music lessons are available to you here.
I have submitted my application to become a Little Kids Rock teacher. Now what?
If there is a workshop already scheduled in your city, we will review your application carefully and contact you via email to let you know if you have been accepted. If there is no workshop currently scheduled in your city, your name will be added to a wait list and we will contact you as soon as we schedule a workshop near you.
Do you give away free instruments?
We donate instruments to school districts to allocate the proper amount to designated schools whose teachers have completed a Little Kids Rock workshop. Students may take the instruments home to practice, at their teacher’s discretion. We know that students get the most out of their music instruction when they have an instrument at home, and that having an instrument in the home provides a healthy alternative to pastimes like TV, video games, and computer.
Can my child participate?
Little Kids Rock classes are available only to students attending schools where our program is offered. Instruction is delivered in a group setting and there is no charge to participating students. The best way to get the program started in your area is to speak with administrators or teachers from your district and encourage them to work with us. Even if your school does not participate in the program, free Little Kids Rock music lessons are available to you here.
What ages/grades does Little Kids Rock serve?
Little Kids Rock serves kids from K-12.
What is the Little Kids Rock methodology?
Little Kids Rock has pioneered a method of musical instruction that captures kids’ attention and imagination right away. By emphasizing performance and composition over reading notes, students develop a musical voice and acquire musical skills at an accelerated pace. Like language, music is primarily a vehicle for human communication. We feel that these similarities have implications for the way that music should be taught to children. Much like the Suzuki Method, our approach is deliberately non-notational. However, instead of focusing on a classical repertoire, we begin with the popular musical styles and instruments with which students are already familiar.
What do Little Kids Rock students learn?
Little Kids Rock students learn to play styles of music that are familiar to them, such as rock, blues, rap, hip-hop and reggae. Heavy emphasis is placed on performance, composition and improvisation. Check out our free Little Kids Rock music lessons here.
What instruments does the program support?
Little Kids Rock trains teachers and donates the instruments and curriculum necessary to run classes on guitar, bass, drums and keyboards.
Why popular music?
All music is made up of the exact same building blocks. The music of Beethoven, the Beatles and Beyoncé all use the same basic notes and chords. Viewed through this lens, musical genre becomes a secondary consideration in education. A student who feels comfortable playing rock, funk or blues music will be well-equipped to begin studying other musical forms as their musicianship develops.
Does Little Rock work with other schools or organizations, community organizations, nonprofits, etc. besides public schools?
According to our funding structure and insurance, Little Kids Rock only targets public schools with 50% or more of their students on the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. Schools or districts that do not meet these criteria are still eligible to participate, but need to provide funding for the program. Even if your school does not participate in the program, free Little Kids Rock music lessons are available to you here.