The Six for Six Story

“Embrace the beauty of music and song everyday. Share your gifts and talents. And never stop learning.”


Music has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Most of my childhood memories include some aspect of music. I’m very fortunate to be able to teach music as a career. And that debt of gratitude pushes me to use my talents to develop creative solutions to common problems in our communities. That’s why I started Give+Take: Six for Six.

Six for Six

Created in October 2011, Six for Six is unabashedly inspired by the positive effects of TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie’s One for One model. For every pair of shoes TOMS sell, they give a new pair of shoes to a child in need. But Blake had a tangible product (shoes) that represented his dream. Guitar lessons are more… well, less-tangible, but no less important.

So I asked myself, “What can one person do, just by learning to play the guitar?”

Give and Take

What if, just by taking music lessons for yourself — or giving the gift of lessons to someone else — you could provide the opportunity so that a disadvantaged child could learn music? Would you do it?

For every six guitar lessons a student takes with me, I will donate a new guitar (with six strings) to an underserved child. Because you place such a high value on music in your own life, you could change the life of a child in our own community. Sometimes it’s not enough to just survive. We have to nourish the soul to truly live.

Thanks to you, a child is given the opportunity to learn a new skill, learn responsibility and improve their self-esteem all because you took guitar lessons.

My students don’t have to sign up, opt-in or do anything out of the ordinary. And it doesn’t cost anything extra! So, while you’re taking guitar lessons, you can feel really good that you’re also giving guitar lessons at the same time. Give and Take. Six Lessons, Six Strings: SIX FOR SIX. Are you ready to practice with a purpose?

The Six for Six program concluded in September 2013.

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