Sacramento Guitar Society
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
Thanks to grant funding from the California Arts Council in June 2018, the Sacramento Guitar Society has partnered with the Guitars4Vets program to offer FREE private guitar lessons to Veterans. After Veterans complete the Guitars4Vets program, they are provided a list of local guitar teachers who are members of the Sacramento Guitar Society. If they choose to enroll, they will receive 10 vouchers for free private instruction from a professional guitar instructor on the list. NOTE: funds raised at BDOG will be used for the matching requirements of the California Arts Council grant program.
Budget
$4,000
Program Successes
This is a new program in our 2018/19 fiscal year and is dependent on graduates of the Guitars4Vets program. As of December 2018, we have not received any referrals, and therefore no program successes to report.

Our overall goal of this program is to help Veterans who have an established interest in learning to play the guitar, the opportunity to extend their training by obtaining additional free lessons from a local guitar teacher. In addition, engaging with our organization will allow Veterans to re-connect with members of their community who have similar interests. We hope that this experience will be a small part of the overall healing process for each and every Veteran.
Description
The Sacramento Guitar Society offers Community Group Guitar Classes as a way to fulfill its mission to promote the art of Guitar by providing educational opportunities to people of diverse cultures, ages, abilities, and economic means. In early 2017, we began offering Community Group Guitar Classes as a way to offer low-cost, affordable guitar classes through the Carmichael Recreation & Parks District. Our plan was rooted in the knowledge that the Parks & Rec Districts have wide access to members of the community, and that we would succeed at enrolling new students. The classes are taught by Michael Sean Miller who lives, performs, and teaches in Northern California. Michael has used his gift of music over the past 20 years to entertain, inspire, celebrate and comfort during all kinds of special occasions including weddings, concerts, corporate events, fundraisers, charity events, & much more. Each class is six weeks long, meeting once per week at a designated time for one hour. There are four parts to the Introduction to Guitar class. Each class is $115 per student. Enrollment is open to the public for $115 per session. Disadvantaged children who are eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch can enroll at no charge.

As students progress through the levels, we will consider offering more advanced classes. Students who express a deep desire to study the instrument will be referred to our Free Community Guitar Orchestra and provided with a list of local guitar teachers for private lessons. Graduates of each session will receive a complimentary student membership in the Sacramento Guitar Society for one year and will also receive a coupon for purchasing supplies at local music stores who support and sponsor the Sacramento Guitar Society.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
- The ideal success is that each student who completes one level chooses to enroll in the next level.
- If they complete all levels offered, they will be invited to enroll in the Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra, providing them additional opportunity to enhance their skills in a supportive and fun environment.
Description
The Sacramento Guitar Society (SGS) provides scholarships for students from low-income households (and often guitars from our donation project) so all children have an opportunity to learn to play the guitar. These courses of instruction will be at NO COST to the students involved, most of whom come from low-income families or from schools where no formal music instruction is available (typically in low-income areas). SGS will donate guitars as available, as we have guitars occasionally donated and a luthier to repair and recondition them as necessary. We have included a budget line item to purchase additional guitars as necessary as many of these guitars need to be ¾ or ½ size to accommodate youth.

The Beginning Group Class will run for 10 or 11 weeks, and then the classes will repeat/start over again. The classes are 45 minutes each. This should allow for students to plan accordingly, learn, practice and have a goal to pass from the Beginning Group Class to the Guitar Ensemble class. This class is designed to teach the most basic aspects of playing the guitar to those who are new to the instrument, learn basic open chords, and first position notes and prepare for a lifetime of fun on the guitar. These classes are a lot of fun and the class is made very easy for beginners to get the most out of the instruction.

The Beginning Guitar Ensemble will also run for 10 or 11 weeks, and students will study and learn at least one or more songs per class. This class is also 45 minutes and builds upon the instruction from the Beginning Group Class, teaching music theory, emphasize progression, song form, transposing, blues, rock, folk and rock and roll music from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Students should know all of their basic open chords. The class will study various folk, classic & oldies rock standards that can be played on the guitar and also sung. The students will learn concepts in: chord progression, transposition, rhythm guitar, melody, and finger picking.

Students showing significant talent are encouraged to join the Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra if they show interest as the orchestra is open to guitarists of all ages.

These classes will occur after school hours on Thursdays, starting at 3:30 PM and 4:15 PM for the Beginning Groups and at 5:00 PM for the Guitar Ensemble. The 42-week calendar will follow the local school years so as not to interfere with vacations and holidays.

This project provides music education to students in the Sacramento area who do not have access to preparatory music education at their public, charter or home school programs, and to students from low-income households who might otherwise not have an opportunity to study music. This project will also:
- Connect and contribute to the local community.
- Nurture and support children in personal growth, healing and communication through music education.
- Support hands-on learning in the music arts discipline on the guitar.
- Offer programming with multi-cultural exposure over time.
- Develop arts programming for constituents that furthers the goals of our organization.
- Celebrate culturally specific, contemporary, and traditional artistic expressions through guitar and song.
Budget
$6,000
Program Successes
- 2014 was the first year of the guitar camps. SGS hosted both summer and winter camps.
- Starting in 2015, a 44-week, year-long program began in place of the camps.
- Teaming with Sac Prep Music Academy, the training provides a safe environment for the students with minimal costs for rental of a facility.
- Last year, we were able to fund 85 scholarships for children to participate in this program.
Description
SGS takes world-class artists to local schools in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, and El Dorado Counties to perform and give workshops. We serve elementary, middle, high, and college level students. After this exposure to classical guitar, many will want to want to play guitar. We support their learning with the two programs listed below. We hope all will, at a minimum, appreciate the guitar and its many genres.
Budget
$4,000
Program Successes
- The first year of outreach, we visited a few schools.
- Last year, we reached 2,000 students.
- This year, we will reach over 3,000 students.
- We have received grants from organizations that realize we are doing great work for very little money. The artists we bring enjoy our organization, structure, and ability to reach a diverse group of students.
Description
Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra (SGSO) is an ensemble orchestra that was created by SGS to provide learning and performing opportunities for guitarists of all ages and abilities, with a special focus on youth. The ensemble performs at least three events per year. There is no cost to be in the SGSO. It is funded by donations from SGSO members and SGS donors. Most of the pieces are in four parts, and can be played in first or second position on a guitar. The program is both instruction and performance!
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
- The biggest event at a membership meeting was a holiday party that featured SGO. With the help of a local newspaper plugging the ensemble, SGS had over 300 people show up at our 170 seat theatre to hear the 24 piece ensemble play music.
- Many teachers attend with their students and encourage students to learn to play in duets, quartets, and ensembles.
- Donations will be used to publicize our events in the future to try to fill the hall whenever the ensemble plays.
Description
The Sacramento Guitar Society (SGS) has a vibrant community concert program that has brought some of the best guitarists to stages in, and around Sacramento. Our Artistic Director, Daniel Roest, is well-connected to guitarists from around the world, thereby making a diverse range of professional musicians available to our patrons. Twice per year, SGS hosts major community concerts, often held at the Harris Center in Folsom. SGS conducts all of the marketing, publicity and program preparation for these concerts to ensure that they are well attended. SGS solicits for and obtains donations from individuals, small-businesses, and corporations in support of the concerts. In addition to these concerts, SGS hosts monthly meetings to educate and entertain its members.
Budget
$26,000
Program Successes
- Support from art critics has been very positive. The reviews acknowledged SGS has filled a void, not before covered, in our region.
- The first season of concerts sold out. SGS gets requests from around the world from artists and agents to play in Sacramento.
- We have collaborated with other west coast guitar societies to share artists and negotiate lower artist fees, but held more artist concerts (in multiple cities in California).
- Each year, we budget for and host at least two major concerts, with several other performances at our monthly meetings.
Description
The Sacramento Guitar Society (SGS) receives donated guitars, repairs, "tunes-up," and donates guitars at no cost to schools, music academies, and programs that support youth from households that cannot afford to buy their child a guitar. SGS also accepts money in order to buy guitars (especially 1/2 and 1/4 size guitars for young students).
Budget
$1,000
Program Successes
We have donated guitars to Hiram Johnson High School, Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy, Folsom Prison, and Moral Values Program.