Grassroots Art in Chelan

JustJamin!

Dan Wright and Joan Simpson are a Chelan couple who, “Mostly teach Music Appreciation and encourage kids to make music a part of their lives.”

Here is how Dan and Joan describe their process:

“We mostly teach ‘Music Appreciation’ and encourage kids to make music a part of their lives.  We own  over a dozen guitars that we loan to the kids in a variety of sizes and types.  We like to start them on ‘size appropriate’ guitars, that are easy to play. But they sometimes bring family guitars that Dan fixes up for them.  We also have a key board and a Cajon drum they can play and take home.  It is all free, very casual and we let them learn at their own pace.  Our older kids become mentors for the younger ones and we encourage them to play with other people.  Dan often says, ‘I don’t teach guitar, I show you how to play basic guitar cords, sing loud  and you teach yourself’.”

Here is a glimpse of a JustJamin’ session:

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