We are proud to announce the #SCHOOLSOUT initiative, to give remote one-on-one mentoring sessions and music lessons via WEBEX, with legendary Rock and Metal artists, to students displaced from school activities by COVID 19 Restrictions.

Your instructors will be:

David Ellefson (Megadeth)

Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)

Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)

Frank Bello (Anthrax)

Jimmy Degrasso (Ex-Megadeth, Alice Cooper)

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Ex-Guns N’ Roses)

Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)

Chad Szeliga (Black Star Riders, Walking with Lions)

Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head)

Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, Ex-Machine Head)

Clint Lowery (Sevendust)

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)

Brandan Schieppatti (Bleeding Through)

Thom Hazaert (Ellefson)

Alex Snowden (Doll Skin)

Sydney Dolezal (Doll Skin)

Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)

Shani Kimelman (Cirque Du Soleil MJ ONE)

Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy)

Danny Cooksey 

Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint)

Rusty Cooley (Day of Reckoning)

Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)

Shani Kimelman (Cirque Du Soleil MJ ONE)

and more to be announced.


And More TBA!

The application can be found here!

Graphic: Melody Myers | Designed By Melody

The David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, the nonprofit started in 2018 by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, has announced their “SCHOOL’S OUT” initiative, providing free music lessons and one on one mentoring sessions via by CISCO WEBEX from major artists to students stuck at home due to Covid 19 restrictions.

The sessions will be held by legendary Rock and Metal artists including David Ellefson (Megadeth), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Jimmy Degrasso (Ex-Megadeth, Alice Cooper), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Ex-Guns N’ Roses), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), Chad Szeliga (Black Star Riders, Walking with Lions), Chris Poland (Ex-Megadeth), Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head), and more to be announced.

Says Foundation co-chair Thöm Häzäert, also Ellefson’s partner, and vocalist in his eponymous solo band, “David and I were brainstorming on ways to give back during the COVID epidemic, and put some positivity out in a time of some pretty unparalleled crisis and uncertainty. The mission of our foundation is to try and help keep music in schools, but what happens when kids can’t go to school? As I’m sitting home with my 2 restless kids, in basically forced exile, it kinda hit me.” He adds, “We started talking about David doing a few online lessons with kids, via the foundation, and then got around to the idea of recruiting some of our other friends as well.”

Adds Ellefson, “”When one person suffers, we all suffer, and this is an unprecedented moment in history when all of us around the world are united for a common cause. Music and the arts have always been some of our greatest healers in a way none other can. As we reach into each other’s souls with resounding hope, I’m forever thankful to our friends in the creative community who have kindly offered their expertise to put a smile on the faces of so many people in need right now. Let this be a time when we can all unite under the banner of Music and let our creativity lead the way. ”



Dusty Dennis March 24, 2020 at 2:45 pm

I am not a student,I am a senior citizen. Girlfriend just gave me her old guitar and I would like to learn to play it.

Dusty Dennis March 24, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Just sent one but here goes again. Would like to learn guitar. Have never played but just received a guitar.

Gabriel Antonio Olguín Pacheco March 25, 2020 at 6:09 pm

this is an amazing initiative

Alexey Avdeikin March 25, 2020 at 10:30 pm

Love this initiative! Can’t wait to see these lessons on youtube and if I’m lucky even contact with some of you via skype! Greetings from Russia!

Kyle Dunn April 01, 2020 at 1:15 am

I love this idea, as someone who just signed up, I believe this will help a lot of young musicians. Thank you guys for all you’ve done. Stay safe and keep rocking 🤘

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