Help recent immigrant students learn guitar, piano, bass or drums!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1050 York StSan Francisco, CA 94110

Guitar room!


SF International High School is an amazing small school in SFUSD of 100% recent immigrant students learning English. We have an amazing community and school, but sadly no music program. I'm a full time English teacher, and also a musician, and I need help running the lunchtime and after school "Rock Band Club!" If you have even the most basic understanding of piano, guitar, bass or drums, come rock with us. It's a club for beginners to learn, and I just need more help to keep up with demand. We have about 18 acoustic guitars, 3 or 4 electric guitars (and amps), 3 or 4 electric basses (and amps), 5 or 6 keyboards (and amps), two drumsets, and a vocal PA. We also have good curriculum and song sheet music in a simplified form great for beginners (including modern pop songs that kids are familiar with).

Normally we have a brief meeting with all students at the start of the club meeting, to listen to the song we are working on learning, and to make a plan. Then we divide up into different classrooms -- guitars in one room, pianos in one, bass and drums in another. You would take a small group of students (2-8 students) and help them learn their part for the song. We are talking SUPER basic chords. Then at the end of club meeting we all join back together and try playing the song together!

Would love to have someone who can come every week during the school year, more or less. It could be during lunch (12:05-12:50) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, or it could be after school (3:15-4:45) on Mondays or Thursdays. Or some combination of those!

Once we talk to see if it's a good fit, you would need to go through the volunteer induction process at one of our two partner organizations: SF Education Fund or Refugee Transitions (which do background checks, etc.)


  • Keyboard Instrument
  • Percussion Instrument
  • Singing
  • Songwriting
  • Music Arts
  • Youth Services

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least once a week for an hour, hopefully more!
  • Very basic music skills required on piano or guitar or bass or drums.

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