Why can't a ten-year-old learn to play Hendrix? Ah, but she can, with the expert help of the instructors at the Strike a Chord Guitar Program. The organization's army of guitar angels offers small classes in schools or at various private locations around the Bay Area. Your kid can't help but learn some cool riffs under the tutelage of Suzi, who not only teaches guitar but is also a fusion belly dancer who loves to knit and bake peanut butter cookies; or Stas, who has toured with The Beach Boys and now jams with the African world band, Makuru; or Thomas, who was accepted to the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Hour-long classes include eight to twelve kids and cost about $16 - and Strike a Chord will provide a guitar for your child to use both in class and at home if need be. With public school arts enrichment budgets slashed beyond recognition, a class at Strike a Chord could be one of your best ways to fight back. It's what Jimi would do.
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