15. Learn to play a musical instrument. Start today! I have downloaded guitar lessons from Little Kids Rock from iTunes U. The plan is Boomer and I will try to learn together. First up, learning to tune our guitar. :-)
If you haven't yet heard of Little Kids Rock, they are a not-for-profit organization devoted to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to underserved schools across the US. It is their belief that learning to play a musical instrument can be a transformative experience in students’ lives. Their ultimate goal is to bring music back to its rightful place in the academic lives of all public school students.
From the Little Kids Rock website:
In 1996, an elementary school teacher, David Wish, grew frustrated with the lack of funding for music education at his school. Realizing that he would have to take it upon himself to make sure his kids got a chance to explore music, David began offering an after-school guitar class to interested students. The classes became wildly popular, and as more kids sought to enroll, he decided to take the program national.
In 2002, with initial support from musical luminaries BB King and John Lee Hooker, Little Kids Rock was born. What began as an informal project led by a single school teacher and a handful of volunteers has since evolved into a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that has served tens of thousands of students across the country.
With the support of Honorary Board Members Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Slash, B.B. King, Ziggy Marley and a host of celebrated luminaries in the music industry, Little Kids Rock is poised to significantly extend its reach in the United States.