Guitar Program

Free Youth Guitar Program

September 2018 saw the creation of Investing in Children’s Free Youth Guitar Program. We piloted this fantastic 12-week program in three different Family Centre areas – Argyle in the east, Fox Hollow in the north and Westminster in the south. The goal of this program is to offer music lessons to youth in grades 7 to 10 who are interested in learning to play the guitar; with a particular aim of inviting those who might find the lessons and guitar costs to be too limiting.

In addition, it is our goal to provide London’s youth with a valuable, positive and collaborative learning and growth experience. Students were able to take their instruments home to practice, throughout the run of the course! At the end of this course, parents and youth were all asking “what’s next?” As a result of the accolades parents and youth are sharing about this program, Investing in Children is currently soliciting funds to keep it alive! We certainly hope to be the catalyst for nurturing a new wave of musical talent in our great city!

For more information about the Free Youth Guitar Program, please contact Ted at tgorski@investinginchildren.on.ca

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In partnership with:

  The Beryl Ivey Endowment for the Arts Fund

The Beryl Ivey Endowment for the Arts Fund

“My son  really loved the whole experience, he is so happy to have the opportunity to learn how to play the guitar he even practices at home. Before the class started he was unsure about playing guitar, but now he is empowered and would love to keep learning. - Guitar Student Parent

I am very grateful to Investing in Children because my son had an opportunity to attend the free guitar for youth program. It was his first guitar class and because of the impact left by the instructor, he now has a passion for playing the guitar. He would love to continue with this program, especially seeing that there aren't any guitar classes in London that fit within our budget. My son is so grateful for this program and hopes that it continues. Music captures kids' attention and imagination and, as it turns out, has a huge impact on my child's body and mind and self-esteem. Playing guitar and listening to a beat can shift a kid's mood, help him cooperate and express emotions. Playing guitar also helps my son to stay away from violent video games. The cost of playing a musical instrument is very expensive and not everybody can afford it like myself. Thank you for giving my son the opportunity to follow his dream.” - Guitar Student Parent