Wood-Mode Social Media Program Supplies 140 Students with Music Instruction

Wood-Mode Social Media Program Supplies 140 Students with Music Instruction

Friday, April 15, 2016

Schools with music programs have significantly higher graduation rates than those without, and students involved with the arts are three times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree. Currently, there are 2.1 million kids from the U.S. who do not receive any music instruction at school. Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit music education organization, is dedicated to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to unlock their inner music maker.

In support of this mission, Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry donated $4,000 to the organization at an event at the Franklin Learning Center in Philadelphia. The donation was a result of a social media campaign that was conducted during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2016. The money raised will help Little Kids Rock provide an additional 140 kids with a year’s worth of music instruction.

Little Kids Rock strives to accomplish its goal of raising awareness and support by training public school teachers to run “Modern Band” programs, and then donating all of the instruments and curricula they need to do so. They focus on teaching kids to perform, improvise and compose the popular music genres that they already know and love, like rock, pop, hip-hop, country, reggae and R&B. A national program, Little Kids Rock launched in Philadelphia in 2007 (2002, according to their website) and currently serves 7,000 kids in 45 of Philadelphia’s public schools.

During the event on March 3, after students in the Little Kids Rock program performed three songs, Wood-Mode representatives Mike and Chuck Walsh, presented the check to Dr. Bryan Powell, staff member of Little Kids Rock. As a former Philadelphia school district student, Mike Walsh expressed his gratitude towards the organization that encourages modern music as a fundamental stepping stone.

“I had to sing classical music in high school and sing church music growing up. I wish there had been a program like this because to be able to play and sing music you listen to everyday would’ve been a dream come true for me,” said Mike Walsh. “Little Kids Rock is helping students with their future and that means big things for music programs moving forward.”

About Little Kids Rock®
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to unlocking children’s inner music makers by revitalizing music education in public schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum and donates all of the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. Little Kids Rock started as a schoolteacher’s vision to give his students access to music education while diminishing budgets for the arts made that more and more difficult to do. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that is bringing free, weekly music lessons to more than 238,000 public school children due to the efforts of more than 1,500 teachers in 29 cities nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served over 400,000 students. For more information, please visit www.littlekidsrock.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @littlekidsrock.

Additional statistics and facts about Little Kids Rock:

  • Modern Band is the school music program that 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, technology and computers.
  • The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum and donates all of the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement.
  • SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 43 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts!
  • Schools that have music programs have significantly higher graduation rates than do those without programs (90.2% as compared to 72.9%).
  • Data shows that students who participated in band or orchestra report the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs).
  • Mastery of the arts and humanities is just as closely correlated with high earnings as having high technical skills.
  • Studies have shown that diligent instrument training from an early age can help the brain remain focused when absorbing other subjects, from literature to tensor calculus.
  • Involvement in music lowers risk of gang activity by fostering social bonds and increasing confidence.
  • About Wood-Mode, Inc.
    Wood-Mode, Inc., founded in 1942, is the nation’s largest manufacturer of custom cabinetry for kitchens, baths and other rooms throughout the home. The company is proud to note that its 70+ years in business have all been family owned and operated and is a complete Made in America operation. Its products are marketed through a network of over 600 independent dealers located throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, please visit www.wood-mode.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @woodmode.

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