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.

Deborah Barnekow

"The Aspen Music Festival and School in collaboration with Brad Richter's Lead Guitar program has found a welcome avenue of in-depth instruction in our community education program. The program serves many students who have no other means of expression. We feel the quality of the Lead Guitar program is exactly what has been needed. When he visits, the students gladly and eagerly will do anything Brad asks of them - he is the guitar version of a "pied piper"!"

Deborah Barnekow, Director of Education Outreach, Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen, CO