BandR&BChildren's Music


in South Central Los Angeles!

2002/2003 Donors

D'Addario Strings,

Ella Fitzgerald Foundation,

Ray Charles- Sir Charles Blues Lab



The GuitarMasters Workshop is a mentoring program dedicated to continuing the legacy and rich historical tradition of American roots and popular music such as blues, rock, and jazz.
At the heart of this approach lies the conviction that roots music is an integral part of our vernacular American heritage, that it is an essential subject, and that quality music education can be the catalyst for developing a wide range of learning skills that transcend all subject areas.

This program creates a nurturing environment for the youth at Challengers Boys & Girls Club, located in South Central Los Angeles, as well as USC graduate students, faculty, and visiting professional musicians. The program is founded on abroad spectrum of American musical styles and will focus on four basic tenets: Appreciation, Training, Mentoring and Performance.

Through strong and ongoing collaborations with artists, educators, and community organizations, GuitarMasters goal is to spark imaginations, unlock creative spirits, encouraging every learner to reach for success.

GuitarMasters Success Stories-

Second year Student, Raheem Giddens

Dear Professor Smith,
I would just like to thank you and the Guitar Masters for teaching our son, Raheem, who is 10 years old, to play the guitar. Since he has been taking lessons, he is now able to play several songs after about 6 months.

The program has provided guitars for the children at Challengers Boys and Girls Club and Raheem always practices without being told. This program has been a blessing because it offers quality lessons for free that we would probably not be able to afford otherwise. Raheem being able to take lessons on the USC campus has been a great experience for him also. I also must make mention of the great recitals that our family has had the opportunity to attend. They were really awesome.

I cannot express the appreciation and the wonderful experience it has been for our son to take part in the guitar lessons. Thank you for working with the Challengers Boys and Girls Club, we really appreciate your commitment to the community.

Sincerely, Rosalind S. Giddens


Coming in 2004!

Set List

"I Feel Good"
"Pappa's Got a Brand New Bag"
Make It Funky"
"12 Bar Blues in E"
Theme from "Mission impossible"
"Happy Birthday"
"Jingle Bells"