Music has been left behind in today’s educational system but music is one of the most transformative forms of communication— transcending barriers and creating common ground. It has the ability to bind us together and strengthen us as individuals. No matter how different or distant a culture we can always gain an understanding of that culture through music.
Songbirds Guitars for Kids Program furthers these philosophies—providing guitar lessons, music therapy, and other musical experiences to hundreds of youth across Chattanooga.
Classes focus on guitar basics and provide students with the fundamentals by exposing them to a wide variety of playing styles and techniques. As students grow with the program they focus on music theory and specific genres and styles.
We also integrate regional and national artists into this program. Students are able to attend free shows and perform, collaborate, and record with these artists.
Classes also offer students a forum to discuss social, health, and life issues. Certified music therapists use music to help students work through these issues. Students also work in groups that allow them to create friendships and establish music bonds with other players. This type of group interaction is essential for kids who have experienced bullying, or have developmental disorders such as autism or Asperger’s.
Last month, the ever-talented Sierra Hull came down to write an original song with our favorite person, Cheyanna. Together they wrote a beautiful song entitled, “I’ll Be Your Song.” We met Cheyanna at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and she has warmed our hearts with her positivity and zeal. We were so pleased to be able to share this experience with her and Sierra.
- Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
- Siskin Children’s Institute
- YMCA YCAP Chattanooga
- Unity Performing Arts
- The Creative Discovery Museum
Martha Boutwell: Central High School
Carrie Brock: Loftis Middle School
Brian Ailey: Hixson Middle School
Annece Holts: Orchard Knob Middle School
Tracy coats: Ooltewah Middle School
Michael Howard: East Lake Academy of Fine Arts
Janet McGarity: Dalewood Middle School
Molly Epperson: East Hamilton School
Curt Elverd: Brown Middle School
Mary Benno: CSLA
Jeremiah Williams: Sale Creek Middle High School
Lucynda Holmes: East Hamilton school
Stefan Logue: Soddy Daisy Middle School
Kaela Miller: Hunter Middle
Joshua Allen: East Lake Academy OF FINE ARTS