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Daisy Rock, Alfred Publishing and NAMM's Museum of Making Music Send 25 Girls To Guitar Classes
This summer, a unique partnership between the Museum of Making Music, Daisy Rock Guitars, and Alfred Publishing Company, Inc. is bringing the magic of music making into the lives of deserving girls.
Twenty-five Daisy Rock Pixie Acoustic guitars and Alfred’s Girl’s Guitar Method books were donated to the Vista, California chapter of Girls Incorporated, a national nonprofit youth organization, dedicated to inspiring all girls to be “strong, smart, and bold.” Thanks to the support of Daisy Rock and Alfred Publishing, the girls are also receiving eight weeks of free lessons.
The Daisy Rock acoustic guitar is a colorful instrument created and designed especially for girls by Tish Ciravolo, Daisy Rock Founder & President. It is available in pink, blue and yellow and has a 3/4-size dreadnought body, round composite back, and a slim neck profile making it comfortable and easy for smaller hands to play. The guitar also features inlayed daisy fret markers and ten ready-to-apply butterfly and flower stickers. Tish Ciravolo states that her ultimate hope is that her guitars will give girls an opportunity to build their self-assurance through music. "Daisy Rock\'s mission is to inspire more girls to play guitar and enjoy music. Every time I see a smiling girl pick up their Daisy Rock guitar and open the Girl\'s Guitar Method, it is so apparent how immensely important it is to get the right tools in their hands. At that moment, I know we played an important and vital role in inspiring and nurturing another rock starlet of tomorrow."
Monica Schrader, Executive Director of Girls Inc., Vista chapter, states, “we are thrilled with this opportunity. The program is reaching girls from different ethnicities and socio-economic levels. It is a unique opportunity for the girls.” The eight-week class is taught by local guitar instructor, Lori Corey. Corey teaches the girls about the instrument and the basics of reading music and playing familiar tunes. She finds the program inspiring and sees the benefits of teaching an all-girl group, “One of the things I’ve noticed is that the girls are more willing to ask questions than when they are in a class with boys.”
Museum executive director, Carolyn Grant, recently observed the class and was touched by the comfort level of the students. “The girls streamed into the classroom, with their gig bags on their backs, and their guitars decorated to their own liking. They already were showing a familiarity with their instrument, a natural curiosity, and a willingness to learn. This inspiring scene is the result of a wonderful collaboration of an instrument manufacturer, a publisher, an educational institution and a community organization. Working together in this way, we are enriching the lives of young people and providing a unique opportunity for learning and expression.”
Jodi Malone from Alfred Publishing commented, "Girls Inc. was very inspirational. I was there when the girls started their rehearsal and also when they found out that they were able to keep the guitars at the end of the day! One girl in particular was so taken back by that, that she clutched her Blue Pixie Acoustic all through the speeches and only gave it up to have a bite of lunch. The impact that this little get together had on the girls yesterday will be forever etched into a wonderful memory they will carry all their lives along with a hope that the possibilities are endless! Who knows what an enormous impact music has made in their entire lives because of this?"