Kids Rock Free provides free and low-cost music education to kids. The KRF Music School at the Fender Museum celebrates performing arts.
Brandon was very self conscious moving to a new school for the fourth time since grade school. Middle school is always a hard time but when you have no friends it is brutal. Afraid he was getting in with the wrong crowd, Brandon’s mother brought him to Kids Rock Free (KRF) for something to do after school. He chose to play drums and rapidly progressed to be invited into one of the KRF bands. Most of the kids were older; none of them went to his school. He played in the band because he loved drums but he still lacked self confidence, always playing with his head down so he wouldn’t be noticed. When the drum instructor picked him for the new drumline, Brandon started to shine. The other kids were closer in age; in fact he is now the drumline leader. He began sharing his ideas with the KRF staff and helping out at all the shows. He now stands in the front row of the drumline and shines at all performances. Brandon’s mother is so pleased with his progress; he is making friends at school and his grades are great. Music has given Brandon a purpose and he is sharing it with the community.
Since 1998 Kids Rock Free® (KRF) has provided free introductory lessons to all students ages 7 – 17 to learn music and to develop self-confidence through performance. Ongoing lessons are low-cost or free based on financial need. Group lessons promote peer-to-peer learning to learn group dynamics for success in bands, teams and social groups. Studies show arts education yields better grades and higher academic achievement.
KRF advanced students participate in Combo Band, Choral Group or Drumline and play in the community and on our stages with internationally-known performers. KRF also offers learning through a recording studio and museum exhibits.
Many studies show that kids that have musical education stay in school longer, get better grades and more often attend college. What a gift music lessons can be for a child. Some parents can’t afford to pay for lessons. At Kids Rock Free families help out as volunteers. We couldn’t do what we do without them.