How To Inspire A Powerhouse Kid: Free Music Lessons

As children stay home from school due to covid-19 pandemic safety regulations, they, along with parents, may sooner or later run out of ways to stay busy. However, a new way to not only keep busy but also spark creativity may soon present itself.

Megadeth bassist, David Ellefson, launched his ‘School’s Out’ initiative, with support from the Grammy Music Education Coalition and the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation (DEYMF).

The initiative teams together members of prominent heavy metal bands to offer free music lessons and one-on-one mentoring sessions via video-calling to those 18-and-under who apply and qualify.

“David and I were brainstorming on ways to give back during the COVID epidemic and put some positivity out in a time of some pretty unparalleled crisis and uncertainty,” said DEYMF co-chair Thom Hazaert. “The mission of our foundation is to try and help keep music in schools, but what happens when kids can’t go to school? As I’m sitting home with my two restless kids, in basically forced exile, it kinda hit me.”

‘School’s Out’ instructors include:

  • Megadeth‘s Dirk Verbeuren and Kiko Loureiro
  • Anthrax‘s Frank Bello
  • Alice Cooper‘s Nita Strauss and Jimmy Degrasso
  • Sons of Apollo‘s Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal
  • Five Finger Death Punch‘s Chris Kael
  • Black Star Riders‘ Chad Szeliga
  • Vio-Lence‘s Phil Demmel
  • Sacred Reich‘s Dave McClain
  • Sevendust‘s Clint Lowery
  • Bleeding Through‘s Brandan Schieppatti
  • Ellefson‘s Thom Hazaert
  • Doll Skin‘s Alex Snowden and Sydney Dolezal
  • Suicidal Tendencies‘ Ra Diaz
  • Soulfly‘s Marc Rizzo

“When one person suffers, we all suffer, and this is an unprecedented moment in history when all of us around the world are united for a common cause,” said Ellefson. “Music and the arts have always been some of our greatest healers in a way none other can. As we reach into each other’s souls with resounding hope, I’m forever thankful to our friends in the creative community who have kindly offered their expertise to put a smile on the faces of so many people in need right now. Let this be a time when we can all unite under the banner of music and let our creativity lead the way.”

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