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Learning an instrument improves grades, graduation rates and critical thinking but five million American students don’t have access to music classes. Lead Guitar is changing that.

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Creating Change in the
Face of Arts Education Inequity

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Improved Academic

80% of Lead Guitar students in Phoenix Union High Schools improved their cumulative GPA after two years of participation.

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“tangibly better student outcomes in terms of dropout rates, behavioral issues and academic achievement.”
– US News & World Report

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Teachers and Student Aides reported general focus and behavior in school as ‘Greatly Improved’ (4.75 out of 5) among participants in Lead Guitar’s Adaptive Program.

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Social Emotional

“What we observed as a school is the direct social emotional effect on the students…. they were calm and less impulsive. Thank you for helping us re-engage our students…”
– Jullanar Naselli, EdD Principal of Williams Prep, Chicago

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How Do We Do It?

Lead Guitar has assembled an international team of Teaching Artists: global concert musicians, Fulbright Scholars and professors with a passion for mentorship. They collaborate with certified K-12 teachers to co-teach in-school guitar ensemble classes using Lead Guitar’s proprietary curriculum and Lead Guitar Digital: A library of instructional videos, lesson plans, and extension activities accessible from any device.

Below you can explore our unique approach and its impact…

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Our Four Pillars
of Service Model

Engaging students, teachers,
schools and their communities

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Watch the Lead Guitar Program in Action (6:40 min.)

Watch our Teaching Artists in
action with our students.

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2023 Annual Report

Learn about our growth, how we negotiated the pandemic, and more.

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