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Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:30
fenderedu.jpgCORONA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2008) - Merle Haggard, iconic singer, guitarist and songwriter, will celebrate his 71st birthday on Sun., April 6 by performing at The Fender Center for Music Education for charity. Additionally, a Fender guitar will be raffled off during the event, presented by Lucas Oil Products, Inc. Proceeds from the ticket sales and guitar raffle will benefit Kids Rock Free, a music education program that has helped more than 10,000 children celebrate the gift of music.
The Fender Center for Music Education is located at 365 N. Main Street in Corona, Calif. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the show beginning at 4 p.m.

"We're extremely proud to host a concert of this magnitude," said Debbie Shuck, The Fender Center for Music Education director of operations. "Merle Haggard is one of the most respected musicians in the world.  Thanks to him, and our friends at Lucas Oil Products, we will raise much-needed funds that will benefit Kids Rock Free, a national music education program that is second to none."

More than 10,000 children have experienced the joy of creating music through the Kids Rock Free music education program.  The lessons are provide to any and all kids at no or low cost. Guitar, keyboard, drums and voice are currently offered.  More than 1,000 kids are wait-listed to participate in the Kids Rock Free program. The classes are taught by experienced teachers from the area. More donations are needed to increase the number of sessions offered, expand the variety and depth of classes and complete the build-out the much needed rooms within the center to accommodate the constant and ever-growing demand for the Kids Rock Free Program.

The Fender Center for Music Education is a non-profit center dedicated to the music education of children. The 33,000-square-foot building is located at 365 N. Main Street, in Corona, Calif.  Run by the Fender Museum of Music and the Arts Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 corporation, the board is made up of civic leaders, elected officials, and business leaders from the Riverside County and Orange Country regions. The main focus of the Center is to provide music education to children at a no or low cost. Music education has been drastically reduced due to money constraints in the public education system.  The Fender Center endeavors to bridge that gap by providing an innovative and caring environment for children to explore the world of music performance. Numerous studies have shown that children, who incorporate music into their education, perform better in math and science by a staggering 30 percent. Additionally, children attain a higher degree of personal confidence and a greater sense of accomplish compared to non-music students.

The Fender Center conducts events throughout the year to bring musical experiences to the general public and raise funds to continue the important work of music education. Contained within the Center, the FM Studio, professionally equipped and staffed, records the kids' performances. FM Studio is available for commercial use and audio recording. Additional information can be obtained at

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Source: FMIC 

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