Little Kids Rock has invented an entirely new kind of school music program called modern band. It teaches kids to perform, improvise and compose using the popular styles that they know and love including rock, pop, reggae, hip hop, R&B, and other modern styles. Modern band classes feature guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, vocals, and technology.
Our modern band programs leverage the cultural capital of the children we serve. They also expand upon existing music programming such as Marching Band, Jazz Band and Chorus, making music available to children who might otherwise not participate in traditional music classes.
A number of our partner districts, including the nation’s two largest public school systems, the New York City Department of Education and the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as the Dallas Independent School District, the Chicago Public Schools, and the Hartford Public Schools have officially adopted modern band programming by making it an official part of their music programs and by working closely with Little Kids Rock to help make modern band available to children throughout their school systems.
Several colleges and universities that train music teachers are now offering their students methods courses that focus in part or entirely on modern band.