An Exciting New Partnership!

GSI Foundation’s Tim Miklaucic and Lead Guitar’s Executive Director Brad Richter

We’re beyond excited to announce a new partnership with the nonprofit Lead Guitar! Lead Guitar is a growing organization that is doing some amazing things with classical guitar in schools nationwide.

Lead Guitar Class in Session

Like the Foundation, Lead Guitar aims to create sustainable and quality guitar programs in public schools, focusing on serving low socioeconomic schools in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles.  The program uses an innovative co-teaching model and curriculum where a highly qualified classical guitarist works with an existing teacher at the school to create the program.  They then continue working together to create a permanent and sustainable classical guitar program at the school. The result is a standards-based program that rivals an orchestra or band program in quality, but on a more accessible instrument that appeals to students of diverse backgrounds.  To learn more check out this video, watch a performance or read a recent news story.

We really believe in this organization!  Since 2007, Lead Guitar has served over 25,000 students and is currently operating in 69 schools in 5 states.  To welcome them into their first official year of operations in California, the GSI Foundation will be helping support five schools in Los Angeles this year: Van Nuys Elementary, Carlos Santana Elementary, Holmes Middle School, Sendak Elementary, and eCALS High School

Lead Guitar students in Chicago performing at  University of Chicago’s Logan Center. Los Angeles students will perform at CSUN’s Cypress Hall in May.

Even though the programs are in their first year, Lead Guitar’s established system has already proven to be effective in schools.  Principal Hanh D’Aloisio, of Holmes Middle School states, “Our students, and many of them have no musical experience, are learning to play classical guitar in a way that could not be possible had it not been for the Lead Guitar program. This has truly transformed their educational experience.”

Lead Guitar’s executive director Brad Richter is excited about their future with GSIF. “Even among our most critically important supporters GSI Foundation stands out for their willingness to work collaboratively on a variety of fronts to provide equitable music education.  Their generous support in both operating capital and in-kind guitars makes it possible for hundreds and eventually thousands of kids to be impacted by our music programs in Los Angeles.”

If you’d like to make an impact in the lives of students in the Los Angeles area, donate to the GSI Foundation now to help ensure funding for programs like these!

Lead Guitar Teachers’ Workshop in Tucson, AZ.  As part of Lead Guitar’s curriculum, school co-teachers receive training on how to play and teach guitar, both at workshops and throughout the year.