Sweetwater Becomes National Sponsor of Little Kids Rock

Mike Lawson • ChoralNews • September 26, 2017

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Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack has announced that Sweetwater will be the national sponsor for the music education nonprofit Little Kids Rock.

Sweetwater has also facilitated the establishment of the Little Kids Rock program in six schools in the Fort Wayne Community Schools district: Abbett, Maplewood, Price, Bloomingdale, Washington, and St. Joe Central Elementary schools.

Through Little Kids Rock, students will be able to take part in the Modern Band program, what the nonprofit describes as “a culturally-responsive approach to music education that allows students to see themselves, their culture, and their community reflected in their school music program.” Students in grades one, two, and three at all seven FWCS elementary schools will receive Modern Band education.

 “The support that Sweetwater gives to our students and teachers around the country is instrumental (pun intended) to our efforts to bring music to their schools,” said David Wish, Little Kids Rock Founder and CEO. “It’s nice to know that the entire company is rooting for and supporting our kids.”

 “Little Kids Rock is quickly joining the ranks of the traditional music education programs. Its ‘Modern Band’ model will engage the interest and participation of an expanding segment of our students, and, I believe, will someday be as important to the school music curriculum as jazz, concert, and marching band, orchestra, and choral groups,” said Surack.

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