An After-School Music Program

Nutrition for the Mind and Soul

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An After-School Music Program

Nutrition for the Mind and Soul

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An After-School Music Program
Nutrition for the Mind and Soul

Provides after-school
music programs for
at-risk youths.

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Metro Area Classes

Class schedules are
dependent on student
and teacher availability

Guitars not Guns NCA Photo and Video Gallery

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from past events.

Glen McCarthy, Grammy Nominated Music Educator, Guitarist and Music
for Life Board Member on the importance of music education.

Image result for music teacher imagesMeet Our Teachers

Music for Life has excellent teachers providing lessons on Band & Orchestra instruments to youth who otherwise cannot afford them. You can learn about some of them here.

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Gift BoxAlternative Gifts for the Holidays or Special Occasions

We'll be at the Alternative Gift fair in Takoma Park December 3rd. Alternative Gifts are all the love without all the stuff; rewarding to both the giver and the recipient; serving your community by improving the life of someone less fortunate.

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Music Learning Festival

First Lady Michelle Obama, the President’s (757) 227-6462 (PCAH), the U.S. Department of Education, the (845) 384-6373 (NAMM) and top performers and artists participated in a series of events the week of May 18th to showcase the importance of arts and music education to student achievement.

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Guitars not Guns National Capital Area ClassesUnderstanding the benefits of a music program

To quote Stilson Greene, "A hand creating art rarely creates violence". Research shows a strong correlation between music education and a person’s success in life. Those involved in quality music programs tend to do better in school; score higher on standardized tests; be less inclined to engage in risky behavior; and be more inclined to take advantage of positive opportunities made available to them.

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Guitars not Guns National Capital Area Music ProgramDeclining availability of music programs in the public sector

When school budgets must be trimmed, music and art programs are usually one of the first things to go. Although recognized a core-subject area, they don’t carry the same weight as math and English/ language arts. Programs cut from the school’s curriculum can come back as extra-curricular activities but at a cost to students; a reality that excludes youth of limited means.


Guitars not Guns National Capital Area Music ProgramPoverty's impact on youth

Poverty affects a child both physically and mentally. They are weighed down by a world of no; whether it is basic necessities, recreation opportunities or extracurricular programs, they're told they do not have the means for them to have it or participate in it. Some think that this kind of childhood wreaks greater havoc on a child than almost any child-abuse scenario.


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