Guitars for Schools is a program developed by the San Diego Music Foundation and Taylor Guitars, to introduce the guitar to music curricula in San Diego County schools, both as a way to augment existing programs and to offset the loss of arts instruction due to budget cuts. The guitar’s familiarity and popularity among young people makes it an excellent tool for getting them interested in music, and in the performing arts in general.


Subject to advance approval and available budget, the San Diego Music Foundation will provide Taylor Guitars (Baby, Big Baby or SolidBody Electric) to San Diego-area elementary, middle or high schools for use in day-class or after-school music programs. The guitars must be securely stored at the school, and students may not take them home. Schools are responsible for keeping the guitars in good condition and will be required to pay for repairs/replacement to guitars or cases.

All donated guitars remain the property of the San Diego Music Foundation, and must be returned if the guitar program is cancelled or inactive for an extended period of time.  Each instrument comes with its own padded “gig bag” or hard case, which affords protection from moisture and shock. Regular maintenance on guitars will be done at scheduled intervals and there will be no charge to the school. However, any costs due to damages from negligence and improper care of guitars or cases will be the schools responsibility. If you are a participating school, you can request regular maintenance or repairs by emailing us here. Photographs of damages must be submitted to us and we will make a final determination of whether or not damages will be covered by the foundation or the school. If the school chooses to replace a lost or stolen guitar, we will provide a replacement at the lowest-possible cost. All schools are also responsible for completing a short annual survey.


San Diego area teachers and administrators are encouraged to send a letter of request, on school or District letterhead, informing us of the number of guitars needed and outlining the plans for their use. We also must know the name of the instructor who will be responsible for the instruments. Both the instructor and principal of the school should sign the letter of request. We will consider and respond to all letters in a timely manner.

Please send your letter of request to:

San Diego Music Foundation
Attn: Guitars for Schools
4876 Mt. Royal Place
San Diego, CA 92117



Elementary Schools:
Baker Elementary
Barnett Elementary
Bernardo School
Bird Rock Elementary
Bonsall West Elementary
Boulder Oaks Elementary
Capri Elementary
Carlton Oaks Elementary
Clearview Elementary
Crest Elementary
Crown Point Jr. Music Academy
El Camino Creek Elementary
Emerson/Bandini Elementary
Empressa Elementary
Family Justice Center
Fay Elementary
Flying Hills Elementary
Freese Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Holmes Elementary
Hope Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Julian Elementary
La Costa Heights Elementary
LePort School Carlsbad Village
Lincoln School Escondido
Live Oak Elementary
Longfellow Elementary
Magnolia Elementary
Maryland Elementary
Maryland Elementary
Mission Estancia Elementary
Oak Park Music Conservatory
Ocean Knoll Elementary
Old Town Academy
Park Dale Lane Elementary
Riverview Elementary
San Onofre Elementary
Sequoia Elementary
South Bay Family YMCA
Stone Ranch Elementary
Temple Heights Elementary
Tip Academy
Twin Oaks Elementary
Valley Center Primary
Vista Academy
Vista Christian School
Visual and Performing Arts Dept.
Whitman Elementary
Wolf Canyon Elementary
Middle Schools:
Calavera Hills Middle School
Castle Park Middle School
College Prepatory Middle School
Chula Vista Middle School
Dana Middle School
Greenfield Middle School
High Tech Middle School
Jefferson Middle School
Lakeside Middle School
Mann Middle School
Marshall Middle School
Monroe Clark Middle School
Roosevelt Middle School
Wilson Middle School

High Schools:
El Capitan High School
Grossmont High School
High Tech High Chula Vista
High Tech High North County
Mission Vista High School
Santana High School

Charter Schools:
America’s Finest Charter School
Classical Academy Vista
Diego Hills Charter School