Hilary Saunders is a writer, editor, and proud alumna of The U. She firmly believes that rock and roll can save the world.
Saving Music Education
Celebrity Charities – Kids in Los Angeles public schools might be shredding like legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen in a few years. Or at least, they’ll be learning how to play music on Van Halen’s guitars.
Van Halen, whose eponymous band was one of the most important rock groups of the late 70s and 80s metal scene, recently donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. The organization, which was started in 1996, helps support music education in schools with under-funded arts education programs.
“Music education and families are dealing with the economic times and I wanted to help them” Eddie Van Halen said in a statement.
He continued, “Music is the universal language,” Van Halen said in a statement. “It has the ability to transcend and convey every human emotion that exists without saying a word. Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me.”