ABOUT DAVE WISH
Dave Wish is the Founder and Executive Director of Little Kids Rock.
Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that funds and runs one of the largest instrumental music programs in US public schools today. Little Kids Rock is also a leading provider of free instruments and curriculum.
Mr. Wish has initiated and managed the launch of campaigns to restore and revitalize music education for over 75,000 low-income children in ten states. Little Kids Rock cities include Dallas,TX, Tampa, FL, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA, Houston, TX, San Francisco, CA and over a dozen others.
Mr. Wish is a recognized social entrepreneur and has been awarded numerous honors for his work in the field. He has received fellowships from the Draper Richards Foundation, The Goldhirsh Foundation and the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation. He has been a keynote speaker at various events that highlight work of social entrepreneurs including NYU’s Reynolds School and Legacy Ventures.
In 1996, while working as a first grade teacher in an inner-city school in California, Mr. Wish pioneered a methodology and curriculum to offer instrumental and vocal rock music classes to his students. His approach focused heavily on pop oriented performance, composition and improvisation. Emboldened by the success of the program at one school, he founded Little Kids Rock in 2002. Since that time, Little Kids Rock has catapulted onto the national stage and is increasingly impacting the way that music is being taught across the country.
Mr. Wish has a BA from Brandeis University and a teaching degree from the College of Notre Dame. Prior to his ten-year stint as an elementary school teacher in inner city schools, Mr. Wish worked as a jazz guitarist. He lives with his wife and two rockin’ children in New Jersey.