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New Young Guitarists Program

James R. Doolittle School and VanderCook College of Music collaborate to Host Free Guitar LessonsDoolittle2

James R. Doolittle School is hosting a new outreach program offering free after-school guitarclasses to interested 5th through 8th grade students. The New Young Guitarists Program, provided by VanderCook College of Music, has run for 15 weeks at the Chicago elementary school's south side location. The program was featured on NBC5 News Chicago on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Click here to view the clip.

The New Young Guitarists Program is providing Doolittle students with their first opportunity to learn an instrument at the school. Plans are underway to expand the program to additional schools in the Bronzeville and Bridgeport neighborhoods, and to start an ongoing guitar ensemble combining students from all the schools involved.

"It's so incredible," said Doolittle principal Lori Lennix. "The kids are very excited and have really taken to it." The program came about through a collaboration between VanderCook president Dr. Charles Menghini and Doolittle Principal For a Day Kathy Posner.

Dr. Julie Goldberg, guitar professor at VanderCook, leads the program. Goldberg received her doctorate in guitar performance from Northwestern University and directs the Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble.

"This program offers children an entryway into the world of music by providing a hands-on learning opportunity at a crucial time in their development," explained Goldberg.

The D'Addario Music Foundation and the Hal Leonard Corporation have generously supported the New Young Guitarists Program and made its implementation possible. In addition to the New Young Guitarists Program, VanderCook also hosts a weekly Community Drum Circle and offers individual music lessons through its Community Music Program.

For more information or to volunteer your support for this program, contact Clarmarie Keenan, director of institutional advancement, at (312) 225-6288 ext. 255 For updates on this music program and others like it, please sign up for our e-mail newsletter.


Outreach Programs at VanderCook

The New Young Guitarists Program
Community Drum Circles at VanderCook College of Music
Community Music Program
Community Guitar Ensemble


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In collaboration with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, VanderCook College of Music participates annually in Toot N' Doodle. Elementary students have the opportunity to hear, touch and play musical instruments from the woodwind, brass, percussion, and string families.


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