Instruments for Elementary Children to Learn to Play

Are your children in elementary school and want to learn a new instrument? Below are some great instruments for every age group.
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A Conversation About Social Emotional Learning

Learn more about social-emotional learning and how music education is an "untapped" superpower for parents, teachers, and school districts to address student mental health concerns.
NAMM Foundation Grantee: Little Kids Rock

Grantee Spotlight: Little Kids Rock

The NAMM Foundation first provided Little Kids Rock with a Music Making Grant in 2002 and provided initial support for this program that is now having national impact by restoring, expanding and innovating music education in schools. Little Kids Rock trains public school educators and donates instruments and curricular resources to support the needs of school music programs.

Grantee Spotlight: Dallas Wind Symphony

The NAMM Foundation has partnered with the Dallas Wind Symphony for eight years, bolstering their outreach efforts and sponsoring students to attend the Dallas Winds summer Band Camp.

Grantee Spotlight: San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS)

One of this year’s NAMM Foundation grantees is San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, a nonprofit organization that has given thousands of young musicians the opportunity to study and perform classical music at an advanced level.

Arkansas Students Benefit from The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Lead Hill Schools in Arkansas is a grantee of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF). With support from The NAMM Foundation, MHOF donated $19,000 worth of instruments to the school over the summer in order to set the school up for success for the upcoming school year.

From Mozart To Mr. Rogers: Literacy, Music And The Brain

Benefits of music research from Dr. Nina Kraus Featured on KPBS.

NAMM Foundation Study Shows Parents and Teachers in Harmony About Students Learning Music

A large majority believes that children should have opportunities to learn to play musical instruments as early as elementary school and that music and arts education are “extremely” or “very important.”

How Children Benefit from Music Education in Schools

Playing music has been scientifically proven to benefit people of all ages—and, it’s fun to do.