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Guitars Antiqua Music Program

explore life with music

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The mission of the Guitars Antiqua Music Program is to provide children the opportunity to explore their musical aptitude, to discover an interest in the child's artistic development and to nurture the appreciation of music through discipline, motivation, and involvement.

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President/Executive Director

Luis F Sanchez

Main Address

2643 W 175TH STREET



after school enrichment program





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The founding members of Guitars Antiqua came to the conclusion that there was a need for music education after discovering the lack of music programs available to children in this particular community. While parents could only find their traditional sports programs at their local park and minimal music education offered at school, there was no evidence of a concrete after school music program offered in the local community prior to Guitars Antiqua. Our program came to serve the students of FDR Elementary school, a Title I School located between two local communities; the city of Lawndale, California and an unincorporated area of the city of Gardena, California; all part of the County of Los Angeles. Our organization believes that parents of this community would otherwise not consider music education important nor viable for their children due to the lack of access to after school programs.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Classical Guitar Program

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We are raising the awareness of the importance of music education in our community one student at a time. Our goals include: To establish and maintain a musical environment where children can feel safe and comfortable to express themselves without judgment To demonstrate the importance of music education in children and how it positively impacts their cognitive, emotional and social development To nurture children an appreciation toward music To develop self-discipline in children through continuous practice and to increase self-esteem by performing for the public To present a recital for families, teachers, and friends to celebrate our student's work and effort To build a classical guitar community with the support of parents, teachers, community partners and local businesses

What makes our program design strong is the fact that it focuses on teaching children not only the basics of "how" to play guitar, but also to approach music from a whole different perspective. Students explore the correlation between music and everyday life by finding examples of how music affects us in various ways. Our curriculum is designed to give our students a fun experience learning about music while playing the guitar. In our 8-month program, we set a goal towards a public performance recital to give students the opportunity to play for their families, friends, and community. By doing this, we help them to overcome their self-doubt while gaining confidence and uplifting their self-esteem. In essence, students learn to play guitar at their own pace and from their own efforts. Our program has established an effective relationship with all our students’ parents. Most parents in this community come from low-income households where English is not their primary language. Therefore, we outreach to these families and accommodate them by providing information in their native language. Since the beginning of our program, we have successfully engaged parents by inviting them to the classroom, informing them about the progress of their children, and advising them on how they can support their children at home. In a way, we are also teaching parents about the importance of music education for their children, and how our program is engaging them in a positive and intellectual way.

The Guitars Antiqua Music Program’s key leadership is composed of a group of highly educated individuals who share the same goal of creating a program that can positively impact the lives of the children in the community it serves. This group also shares a passion for change in the community, and music education presents an opportunity for a pathway towards a positive change. Our board of directors have thorough knowledge in the fields of education, child development, social development, marketing social networking. Our organization has also partnered with local city and county agencies who play a strong role in the expansion of our program for the years to come. Guitars Antiqua understands the needs of this community. Our parents have learned overtime the importance of having a music program like ours in the community. This year, with some of our students making the transition to middle school, we have found the possibility to extend our services to a new school and reach out to more parents and families. Currently, we serve students in the elementary level who attend FDR elementary, a Title I school and students from Rogers Middle School. We are connecting families through collaboration, socializing, and volunteering at our special events. We believe our community needs this special bond to help parents and families feel proud of what their children are achieving through music education. Our program has now opened a new chapter in this small area where students and parents are learning about music in a fun, safe and welcoming environment.

Our music program is effectively making progress every year. These are our some of our organization's progress indicators: * New enrollment every year, leading to more students having the opportunity to music education * Continued support from our partners at our local school and park building. * Continued support from parents, teachers and community members * Our program continues to be tuition-free to all registered students. * Students continue to receive instruments to take home and practice * Continued opportunities for students to perform in public

Guitars Antiqua is predicting expansion in the following years on its classical guitar program. The success of our program is evident with the support of our parents, teachers and community members and our students are learning so much about music education on a weekly basis. This year, we received our first foundation grant through the D’Addario Foundation, which allowed us to attain financial stability for the rest of the year. We also received instrument donations from Hungry for Music, to help us provide instruments for our new group of students. This year we also organized our first highly successful fundraiser, which was well received and supported by our community members. Our students have performed at various venues throughout the year. Thus, giving them the opportunity to highlight their talent and what they have learned in the program. Our next long term goals include more enrollment for more children, class expansions, Staff and volunteer recruitment, donor acquisition and retention, and financial support from local and government agencies. Our organization was established to offer a tuition-free program to children who lack the resources to have music education be part of their lives. We serve a diverse group of students who come from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds and music education is our channel to unify families, teachers, and the school administration.

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