Kithara Project is a collective of internationally acclaimed classical guitarists with the mission of promoting widespread and equitable access to the guitar worldwide. The guitar is unique in its ability to appeal to people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Kithara Project currently maintains two year-round, sustainable guitar education programs: ¡StartNow!, in a community center serving a low-income housing development near Boston; and ¡Empecemos Juntos!, in an improvised community in southeast Mexico city.
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Why the Guitar?
The guitar is arguably the most popular instrument in the world. It is versatile, portable, accessible, intimate, and eminently lovable, reaching across socioeconomic and other societal fault lines to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. It might also be said that no instrument provides so poetic a metaphor for shared histories and cultural fluidity. The ancient Greek kithara, which inspired this organization’s name, was a prototypical plucked instrument, “ancestors” of which can today be found nearly anywhere in the world. It is from kithara that we get the Latin cithara and, of course, the chitarra, guitarra, and guitar we know and love today. In all probability, the word kithara comes down to us from the Persian setar, which translates literally to “three strings” and which describes an old plucked instrument often heard in the folk music of Iran and Central Asia. Setar is also the etymological root of the the Indian sitar and the Central European zither, to name just two. Down to the very name then, the guitar, as an instrument of diplomacy and education alike, taps into a powerful wellspring of common heritage.
Our students learning from each other
Kithara Project Summer Guitar Program at Charlesview, Inc., Fiorentino Community Center has begun. 7 Weeks of guitar, choir and theory for our youngsters. Thank you Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) for supporting us for the second year s...
Kithara Projects students are heading to Boston Guitarfest this week for Young Guitarists' Workshop! Our students get to take part in a world-class guitar festival and receive seven days of intensive instruction! Carl Straussner, Adam Levin, Class...
Kithara Project Boston Guitar Program just completed its SECOND year of guitar education programming. We are so incredibly proud of our students, their committed parents, our staff, our board members, and all of our wonderful patrons who believe i...
Maestro Barenboim says it so well. "Music is about integration."
After our concert in Mexico City with some Yugüelito students
Genevieve Leitner is back in Mexico City to work with our students in Yuguelito. What spirit and professionalism she brings to our program. The kids enjoyed her presence and we're blessed to work with her! The D'Addario Foundation, Matthew Rohde.
Wonderful Article: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/01/530723046/using-music-and-rhythm-to-help-kids-with-grammar-and-language
When you support the Kithara Project, you’re not just sponsoring an event. You’re empowering individuals, strengthening communities, and harnessing the great potential of the guitar to build bridges in our country and beyond. Thank you!
Kithara Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Donations may be made through our secure online form below, or by mailing a check, payable to Kithara Project, to the following address:
Kithara Project, Inc.
P.O Box 171583
Boston, MA 02117