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Fender® Center’s Events Showcase and Benefit Kids Rock Free® School of Music

January 23, 2017, Corona, CA  

With the New Year there are new opportunities to experience a variety of musical performances.  Fender® Center invites you to tune in and let the music by our students and our instructors transport you to new dimensions.

February kicks off with the classical sounds of Lee Zimmer’s guitar at One Man-Six Strings, the next in Fender Center’s Coffeehouse Concert Series to benefit the free and low cost music ed at Kids Rock Free® School of Music. The Feb. 11th concert doors open at 7:00pm in the Historic Civic Center Community Room .  As before there will be refreshments for sale and a raffle for an acoustic guitar.  Start the Valentine’s Day celebration early! Tickets are only $10 where Mr. Zimmer is donating his exceptional artistic talent to put kids in music lessons.

Lee Zimmer is very active as a performer and guitar teacher in the Southern California area. Currently, he is adjunct professor of guitar studies at both La Sierra and California Baptist Universities and Riverside Community College. Lee also is music department chairperson for the Fender Center’s Kids Rock Free program, where he developed the curriculum for guitar, bass, and combo band studies.  Mr. Zimmer studied classical guitar for several years with Maestro Seiko Sesoko. He also has performed in Master classes with recording artists Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isben, David Russell, Michael Newman, and Jorge Morel.  Lee has arranged music for one, two, and four guitars. His arrangement for two guitars of Le Tombeau de Couperin, by Maurice Ravel, is featured on a CD that he recorded along with guitarist Eric Brenton as Duo Sesoko.  Lee has recorded a solo CD entitled encarnacion which features the guitar music of Federico Moreno- Torroba, Agustin Barrios, Manuel de Falla, and others.

All proceeds benefit Kids Rock Free® School of Music

On March 16, 2017 at 6pm, a cast of students, friends and family will bring you a rockin’ showcase of talent.  Please join us in the Civic Center Auditorium for bands, vocalists and instrumentalists.  Meet our students and instructors and learn what opportunities exist for you to learn to perform music on stage. All ages are welcome; adults $2, children under 12 are free. Watch for more information at www.KidsRockFree.org and on Facebook/KidsRockFree.

Monthly we offer an Acoustic Jam Circle. Bring your acoustic and rhythm instruments, or just your voice and a song to Fender Center at the Civic Center, and jam on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 6 – 7pm. 

Fender® Center is a non-profit music school providing free and low cost lessons in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and vocals for all ages, including a program for toddlers.  No child is turned away from Kids Rock Free programs for inability to pay.  The fully equipped school and recording studio is located at the Historic Civic Center in Corona, supported by community partnerships, donations and arts endowments.  For concert and showcase tickets, visit www.purplepass.com/kidsrockfree or call 951-735-2440.

As First 5 California tells us “Talk. Read. Sing. It Changes Everything!” Music is the best way to engage children in learning.  As a musician your child learns a different language of notes and timing and becomes part of an ensemble that together shares an art form that inspires us all.   For more information please email info@KidsRockFree.org or call the office at 951/735-2440 Mon. – Thurs. 11am – 6pm.

Mike Peters Performs for Fender Center!

On April 11, 2015, Mike Peters of The Alarm will appear in a benefit concert for the Fender Center®for the Performing Arts! The excitement will kick off with a magical opening act of the Kids Rock Free® School of Music’s own kids rock band.

VIP tickets include preferred seating in the first six rows, an invitation to a pre-concert reception in the KRF Studio for the Artist Meet & Greet.  There will be a complimentary cheese & fruit plate, no-host bar & sandwich plate for sale. Arrive early for a Master Class with Mike Peters (FREE to all Kids Rock Free® Families) in  the Historic Civic Center Community Room which will be transformed into the KRF Canteen with a no-host bar & sandwich plate for sale.

Mike_Peters_of_The_AlarmThe VIP reception and the KRF Canteen open at 6:30 p.m. Mike Peters has played acoustic guitar all his musical life and the sound of the instrument has been at the core of all his work from the very beginnings of The Alarm to the present day.  Mike will talk about his life experiences and if there are musicians in the crowd, he’ll wind up the Master Class with a jam session. Tickets for Master Class and Concert are sold separately or with a package discount. With prices this low, you can’t afford to miss this live show of this talented artist.

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NEA Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Riverside County

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NEA Chairman Jane Chu will visit Riverside County, California, on Friday, February 20, 2015. Her trip will include a public event at the Culver Center for the Arts, and site visits to Studio 395 Foundation and the Fender Center’s Kids Rock Free School of Music. Follow @NEAJaneChu on twitter for photos and commentary on her visit to California.

Chairman Chu will begin her visit to Riverside County at the Culver Center for the Arts for a 10:00am event hosted by the Riverside Arts Council. This event will begin with short performances by Intersect Dance Theatre and young singers Ashlen Bullock and Brennely Brown, as well as remarks by Mayor Rusty Bailey. Chairman Chu will speak about the power of the arts and take questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public. Click here to register to attend.

IMG_2913That afternoon at 2:00pm Chairman Chu will meet with the Studio 395 Foundation at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Arts Center. In addition to learning more about Studio 395’s work to engage their community, Chairman Chu will participate in a discussion about the role of creative placemaking.

At 4:00pm Chairman Chu will join Congressman Ken Calvert for a visit the Fender® Center’s Kids Rock Free School of Music in Corona where she will tour the center and hear performances by Kids Rock Free School of Music students:

Kids Rock Free® School of Music Band “No Surrender” led by Lee Zimmer,  Drumline led by Henry Rodriguez, and Vocal Soloist Breanna Carrera

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Mike Peters of The Alarm RETURNS

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On April 11, 2015, Mike Peters of The Alarm will appear in a benefit concert for the Fender Center® for the Performing Arts! The excitement will kick off with a magical opening act of the Kids Rock Free® School of Music’s own kids rock band.

VIP tickets include preferred seating in the first six rows, an invitation to a pre-concert reception in the KRF Studio for the Artist Meet & Greet.  There will be a complimentary cheese & fruit plate, no-host bar & sandwich plate for sale. Arrive early for a Master Class with Mike Peters (FREE to all Kids Rock Free® Families) in  the Historic Civic Center Community Room which will be transformed into the KRF Canteen with a no-host bar & sandwich plate for sale.

Mike_Peters_of_The_AlarmThe VIP reception and the KRF Canteen open at 6:30 p.m. Mike Peters has played acoustic guitar all his musical life and the sound of the instrument has been at the core of all his work from the very beginnings of The Alarm to the present day.  Mike will talk about his life experiences and if there are musicians in the crowd, he’ll wind up the Master Class with a jam session. Tickets for Master Class and Concert are sold separately or with a package discount. With prices this low, you can’t afford to miss this live show of this talented artist.

Mike Peters is known primarily as frontman of the internationally acclaimed Welsh band The Alarm and more recently as guest vocalist for celt-rockers Big Country. Mike is also an inspirational solo acoustic performer and (as a two times cancer survivor), founder of what is now regarded as the world’s leading rock and roll cancer charity ‘Love Hope Strength Foundation’.

Learn more about Peters’ amazing  and revered sound…

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We’ve Moved!

We've Moved copyKids Rock Free® School of Music has relocated to the Historic Civic Center in Corona. Learn to rock at our new location!

815 W. Sixth Street, Ste. 220, Corona, CA 92882

We are now well into our Winter Session for Guitar, Bass, Drums, Voice, and Piano; we’re excited to have all the instruments moved in to the new classrooms.  Parents and siblings are invited to wait for students in the new Fender® History Lounge with comfy chairs, fun exhibits, and tables for homework and catching up on your day.krf_moving_postcard-1

Special thanks to all the volunteers that came out day after day to get ready for the big move. And even more thanks to those who helped us lug our offices from Main Street to Sixth. A special shout out to the Salash Family, Lucy, students Megan (drums) and father Jeff (adult guitar), and even Grandpa Vic. We couldn’t have done it without you! You rock!