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It’s a fact. Students who participate in school music programs have better attendance, make better grades, are more likely to attend college and have more lucrative careers than students who do not participate in school music programs.

Lead Guitar is a school music program with a 14 year track record of building permanent guitar programs in economically challenged public schools. Each year, Lead Guitar teaches more than 1,750 students to play and 50 public school teachers to teach guitar.

Using music and an instrument to which young people relate very well, Lead Guitar students learn technique, music reading, theory, performance skills and ensemble playing through which they develop their self-discipline, self-esteem and ability to work as a team - attributes that help them realize success throughout their lives.

By developing a program that mirrors the curricular integrity of the best band and orchestra programs but appeals to students that are not traditionally drawn to those programs, Lead Guitar is offering all of the benefits of a high quality instrumental music education to thousands of students who would otherwise not receive them.

William B. Dederer

"From the first meeting with curious students through the weeks of residency and the final concert, Lead Guitar was an amazing balance of serious music training and caring and patient pedagogy. In my 40 years of teaching music, this may be the best program I have worked with in terms of generating student enthusiasm while simultaneously developing attributes our students desperately need before they graduate - discipline, team work, listening skills and commitment."

William B. Dederer, D.M.A., Former Dean Capital University Conservatory of Music, Former Dean and Vice-President of the Boston Conservatory, and current Facilitator for Performing Arts Development Sedona-Oak Creek School District, Sedona, AZ