I like “Kids Rock Free” because Lee Zimmer is nice and he makes sense. If I don’t understand, he helps me. I get excited when it’s the day of my guitar lesson. When I play I feel happy and relaxed. I’m thinking “I’m doing it!” reading music makes me feel smart. School is complicated for me sometimes but guitar relaxes my brain. I want this guitar because I want to teach my big brother. He usually teaches me, but now I can teach him.
Joining Kids Rock Free has really impacted my life. Attending class every Wednesday has driven me to become more motivated to practice playing on a daily basis. Music has been very important to me, even as a younger child. Now, as I proceed on my journey to becoming a guitarist, my only passion is motivating others to follow and achieve their goals through the power of music. I plan to take what Fender has taught me and make an impact on the world.
Hi everyone, I’m Diana Conenna, Education Coordinator at KRF. I’ve been involved with Kids Rock Free® for seven years, since 2007.
I wanted to come onto our new blog and talk a bit about KRF and my personal experience here so that people can really see into our organization and everything new that’s going on right now.
My favorite thing about working here is to see the growth in the kids, to see how much they learn. They start off fragile beginners, and grow into their strength like trees. It’s amazing seeing their physical growth, watching little babies come in, in our Piano classes we allow students as young as five years old, and we get to see them follow through the program until the age of 17. That’s a physical transformation, but we also get to see them really spread their wings musically. Some kids don’t know their right from their left when they get here, and when they graduate they have the confidence of a true rockstar on stage.
I also love that we’re a nonprofit. Everything we do goes to something important. I feel good about myself in my position, because I know that the people I’m really working for are our kids. I feel personally blessed here, it’s given me even more than I’ve given to it.
This is KRF’s first profile series; stay tuned for part two.