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New Initiative Offers Kids Free Music Lessons From Members of Megadeth, Anthrax, Sevendust, Soulfly, and More

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If you’ve got a kid (or, Hanneman forbid, if you are a kid… why are your reading MetalSucks?!?!) with an interest in music and too much free time on their hands, this should be welcome news: Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation is teaming up with the Grammy Music Education Coalition for what they’re calling the “School’s Out” initiative, which will offer free music lessons via Skype to students are currently stuck at home due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And the lessons won’t come from just any ol’ teachers — check out this list of participating instructors:

  • Frank Bello (Anthrax)
  • Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, ex-Megadeth)
  • Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head)
  • Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)
  • Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
  • Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
  • Clint Lowery (Sevendust)
  • Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
  • Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth)
  • Marc Rizzo (Soulfly)
  • Brandan Schieppatti (Bleeding Through)
  • Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
  • Chad Szeliga (Black Star Riders)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)

Not too shabby, eh?

Interested students can apply here. The program is only open to kids 18 and and under, and if you’re under 13, your parent/guardian needs to fill out the application. Participants will be chosen by the staff of the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation and notified via e-mail.

Good luck!

[via Metal Injection]

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