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Why Support Music for Life Programs for At-Risk Youth

Gift BoxAlternative Gifts for the Holidays or Special Occasions

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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FourChords    A Unique Way to Support Music for Life

FourChords Guitar Karaoke is the fastest way to learn new songs! The songs are displayed in karaoke-style display with easy chords, an acoustic backing track and lyrics. Songs are re-arranged into easy versions, no knowledge of tabs or sheet music needed. Each song includes chord charts.

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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.

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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 designed to benefit them, their parents tell them 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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Guitars not Guns National Capital Area ClassesUnderstanding the benefits of a music program

Research has shown a strong correlation between music education and a person’s success in life. Youth 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 Programs for KidsKids with nowhere to go, end up… going nowhere

By nature, people prefer to operate within their comfort zone; within a familiar environment. Living in an adverse environment is unpleasant, but it is the comfort zone for those born into it. Convincing them that they can move to a better environment and that there are resources to help them do it is a very difficult task.

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