Studies show that many children who study music “do better” in school and life. Here are a few organizations, academic and otherwise, that have conducted industry studies that support the importance of music education in enriching the lives of children.
- University of Kansas. Study results published in the university’s winter 2006 Examination of Relationship between Participation in School Music Programs of Differing Quality and Standardized Test Results noted that elementary school students in top-quality music programs scored 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math on standardized tests mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act (study funded by NAMM).
- The College Board. The College Board, which is the body that administers the SAT, noted in its Profile of College-Bound Seniors National Report for 2006 that SAT takers with coursework in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 43 points higher on the math portion.
- Harris Interactive. In a 2007 Harris Interactive poll, the market research company linked music education to advanced studies and higher incomes.
From modest beginnings in 1946 to its current status as a cultural icon, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country, jazz, rhythm and blues, and everything in between. From beginners and hobbyists to the world’s most acclaimed artists, musicians have used Fender instruments to bring their dreams to life while changing the world along the way.
In the 1940s, Southern California inventor Clarence “Leo” Fender, a modest inventor and businessman with a special skill for electronics, founded a company that would imagine, invent, design, create and deliver the world’s most important and reliable tools of the recording and performing musician’s trade, including industry-leading amplifiers and iconic instruments such as the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars.
Throughout the 1940s, standard upright acoustic basses of the era could seldom be heard beneath the rumble of ever-growing pop and big bands. In 1951, Fender changed all that with the advent of the Precision Bass, an instrument that was easily heard and powerfully felt. The instrument became so popular that for years any electric bass guitar was often referred to as a “Fender Bass.”
Actively producing and marketing some of the most innovative electric instrument amplifiers as early as 1946, the company went on to perfect the art of sound reinforcement with the introduction of the Bassman® amp in 1951, followed by the legendary Twin Amp® in 1952; products that have been recognized as undeniable industry standards in sound ever since.
In 1954, Fender released what would become the most popular, recognizable and influential electric guitar of all time – the Stratocaster. The soon-to-be-famous instrument featured a comfortably contoured body, three pickups (allowing a multitude of tones never heard before) and a tremolo system that allowed players to mimic popular lap- and pedal-steel tones, all while remaining in tune.
With Fender guitars in the hands of artists such as Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to name only a few, entirely new genres of music took shape. Indeed, more popular music over the past 50 years has been made and played on the Stratocaster than on any other electric instrument.
By 1987, the renowned Fender Custom Shop opened in Corona, Calif., creating dream instruments for professional guitarists and guitar enthusiasts. Fender always recognized the importance of an open-door policy for musicians, accommodating their requests for specific features on an individual basis. The Fender Custom Shop has since become known worldwide as the pinnacle of craftsmanship and instrument artistry.
Since its founding, Fender has grown dramatically in stature, and still creates everything guitarists and bassists need, from instruments, amplifiers, strings and accessories to professional audio products. Fender became the world leader by defining the sounds we hear, by meeting the needs of musicians and by continuing to create quality products. As Fender forges into the 21st century, it continues to be driven by the same passions that inspired its founder and his passion and eternal love for music.
The Fender Music Foundation was created to provide funding and resources for music programs across the United States so that kids and adults alike will have an opportunity to experience the joys of music. The Fender Music Foundation awards grants in the form of musical instruments to music programs including school music classrooms, after-school music programs and music therapy programs. Over 35,000 people have had the opportunity to make music within one year of receiving a grant from the foundation.
The Fender Center for Music Education is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit center dedicated to the music education of children located in Corona, CA. The main focus of the Center is to provide music education to children at no or low cost. The Fender Center’s Kids Rock Free® Program currently offers professional caliber performing arts education including piano, guitar, bass guitar, combo band, vocal performance and drums to children ages 7 – 17. Since the program’s inception, over 10,000 children have participated and received free and low cost musical instruction. The Fender Center also conducts events throughout the year to bring musical experiences to the general public and raise funds to continue the important work of music education.
Little Kids Rock is nationally-recognized 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in underfunded public schools. LKR was founded in 2002 by David Wish, an elementary school teacher who had grown frustrated with the lack of music education funding at his school. Today, LKR is the leading music education nonprofit in the U.S., serving more than 42,000 students at over 1,000 schools in 21 cities nationwide. LKR Honorary Board Members include Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Ziggy Marley and other famous and supportive friends in the music industry.
Nerd Girl engineers have solved myriad real world problems in tech fields, transportation, green technologies and more, to improve the lives of others, the environment and the world. We want to encourage other girls to change their world through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, while embracing their feminine power.
GoGirlsMusic.com is a unique organization that focuses on advancing the careers of independent female artists. Founded in early 1996, the organization works tirelessly to help artists through education, networking, and events like the GoGirlsMusicFest, Invasion of the GoGirls during SXSW, GoGirls @ Folk Alliance and more. Artists who become involved have the opportunity to perform, have their work reviewed, and get involved with a hardworking group of women who “get things done” in the music scene.
Pandy Raye and Rhonda Hitchcock started Chicks With Picks in late October 2007. With only a handful of talented girls and weekly showcases. Chicks with Picks has now blossomed into an organization that features over 100 artists (and growing) at weekly/monthly showcases and events. They have held festivals featuring national acts and local talent. As of January 2010 they have hit their 300th show in just over 2 years.
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