A curriculum for kids that is beyond guitar, teaching musicianship & songwriting through cooperative games & music activities. Read more
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About this project
Our guitar & songwriting curriculum is the first of its kind: part guitar, part songwriting, part musical games with one focus: FUN! No more boring unimaginative lessons, but lots of color, songs, games, and the goods that guitar instruction deserves while building friendships and a creative musical community along the way.
Urban Guitar Revolution's mission is to greatly raise the accessibility of guitar instruction to youth by providing affordable group guitar lessons and removing financial barriers to music instruction. A group guitar curriculum is needed to train more teachers, and more teachers equals more students. We are asking for support in the publication of our full-color instructional books.
If you feel passionate about kids, music, and guitar, spread the word and pledge today! Because Kickstarter projects are funded on an "all or nothing" basis, we have to reach the $22,000 goal, or we get none of the pledges. If you're thinking about pledging to our cause, take that step now, go ahead! That's how revolutions get started and positive change begins. Let's build the momentum we want to see together. BE PART OF THE URBAN GUITAR REVOLUTION!
With music programs being cut out of school budgets, we're asking the community to participate in filling in the gaps by supporting the publication of a GUITAR & SONGWRITING CURRICULUM. This curriculum and program goes beyond guitar, teaches and encourages self-expression, builds community and a sense of belonging, and allows for the wonderful opportunity to play with friends and express your musical genius.
We know that our own structured curriculum is what's missing from our program. Many curricula are out there, but none that guide the instructor through the process of teaching groups of students. We're also very committed to sharing our methods with other guitar instructors. More teachers equals more students playing the guitar!
While we've taught for years, we knew it was high time for us to compile all of our knowledge into a book, not only for youth to learn, but to share with teachers to teach. You should see our binders brimming over with material! They call to us to be united!
With your support, we will be able to publish 4 full-color books altogether: a Teacher's Guide along with instructional books with audio CD's for our students at the 3 levels of guitar within our programs: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced... Rather Strummers, Rockers, and Hall of Fame.
With your pledges to our campaign, we'll be able to pay for...
- graphic artists to design each page
- printing full-color books
- publishing & editing
- pressing audio CDs
- recording/studio time (We're busy writing more original songs!)
- webpage design
& other artists that work to bring our ideas to life to finally publish beautiful books.
Teachers will be equipped with the tools to build creative musical communities for students to learn the guitar and songwriting while bonding and working together. A well-written & visually engaging curriculum means more teachers, thus more students playing the guitar! For teachers, our curriculum also includes musical team-building games, classroom management strategies, and guidance for hosting recitals.
Again with your support, you become a patron of the arts, music, and education. You also become part of the solution to bring sound guitar instruction to our youth on a widespread level. We'd be honored if you would consider pledging to our campaign.
ABOUT US: The two of us met only eight short months ago, and from the moment we began talking we knew we were going to do something amazing together, fulfilling a larger purpose bigger than ourselves. Our mutual dream to publish a curriculum is only the beginning!
We are two guitar teachers with over 35 years of combined experience working with youth, and we have experienced firsthand the power of learning among friends. We passionately believe that learning in a group setting builds community: individuals coming together to celebrate each other's accomplishments and creative growth.
Currently, Urban Guitar Revolution provides group guitar lessons for children in schools across Denver. We believe every child has the ability to learn an instrument, and at the heart of that, deserves an enthusiastic, passionate, and kind teacher equipped with an effective curriculum to guide the process.
Urban Guitar Revolution was started to make a difference. We believe in the power of self-expression through music, and in our hearts, simply KNOW that music inspires unity and positive change. Also a percentage of our future book sales will be used directly to fund scholarships for lessons and free guitars for students in need. Giving back to our community is a fundamental part of our grassroots mission.
A local news story: http://kwgn.com/2012/06/21/after-school-guitar-program-hopes-to-raise-funds/
A video with one of our students:
FUTURE GROWTH: In the three years since the start of this business, we've expanded to 10+ schools and continue to grow. And a year from now, we plan to double that, and within two years, plan to open our programs up to more cities, across Colorado and nationally. With Nicole's connections in Oregon, she knows UGR will thrive there too! We'd love to bring our programs to you!
At whatever level you can give, whether it be your hard-earned cash or simply by spreading the word to everyone you know, like a wildfire, we know it's done from the heart! We are deeply grateful for your support.
Nicole & Jen
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For $25 not only do you bank some GOOD KARMA, but you also get a rockin' Urban Guitar Revolution T-SHIRT + a STICKER, both with our logo, which was designed by Denver's East High schooler~ Thanks, Ian!
(For international orders, please add $10 for shipping)Estimated delivery:
At this level, receive an Urban Guitar Revolution T-SHIRT + a STICKER + a signed Urban Guitar Revolution POSTCARD as our thank-you + a CD or digital download of the songs written for the curriculum (For international orders, please add $10 for shipping)Estimated delivery:
Here's more: An Urban Guitar Revolution T-SHIRT + a STICKER+ a signed Urban Guitar Revolution POSTCARD as our thank-you + a CD or digital download of the songs written for the curriculum + UGR GUITAR-PICK NECKLACE (For international orders, please add $10 for shipping)Estimated delivery:
Support us at this level, and let the chef from Satchel's on 6th in Denver feed you and one guest at our Book Launching CELEBRATION. Food and music...Um, What else do ya need? + MORE: A personal VIDEO CALL from Nicole & Jen thanking you for your generosity + T-SHIRT + STICKER + POSTCARD + a CD or digital download of the songs written for the curriculum.Estimated delivery:
It does get better! A SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOKS where your name will live in "Eternal Glory!" in a SPECIAL THANKS MENTION in our books + invitation for you and a friend to our BOOK LAUNCHING CELEBRATION in Denver, Colorado + a personal VIDEO CALL from Nicole and Jen thanking you for your generosity! + the T-SHIRT + STICKER + A POSTCARD + CD/digital downloads of our songs.Estimated delivery:
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Support us at this level, and receive some Denver celebrity love! An AUTOGRAPHED ACOUSTIC GUITAR signed by us and Denver's own Jonny 5 of the Flobots or Devotchka + A signed copy of the BOOKS + a SPECIAL THANKS MENTION with your name in our books + two invitations to our BOOK LAUNCHING PARTY in Denver, CO + a personal VIDEO CALL from us + T-SHIRT + STICKER + A POSTCARD + CD/digital downloads of the curriculum songsEstimated delivery:
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An ORIGINAL SONG about YOU or someone you choose, which will be included in our song collection for the curriculum. We will contact you personally to hear your ideas for the song to include you in the songwriting process! + A signed copy of the BOOKS + a mention of Special Thanks to you in our books + T-SHIRT + STICKER + A POSTCARD + CD/digital downloads of songs + invitation for you and a friend to our BOOK LAUNCHING PARTY in Denver, CO + a personal VIDEO CALL from us. Whew.Estimated delivery:
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