Sausalito, Calif.'s Plant Recording studio recently hosted the likes of former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and others for sessions that will benefit the childre

Sausalito, Calif.'s Plant Recording studio recently hosted the likes of former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and others for sessions that will benefit the children's music program Little Kids Rock. The artists are involved in recording songs composed by the group's students for the benefit CD project "Little Kids, Big Fans: Stars United For Music Education."

Others who took part in the West Coast recording session were blues guitarist Roy Rogers, singer Austin Willacy, and founding Kansas member Kerry Livgren. East Coast sessions are scheduled for New York's Manhattan Center Studios in the coming weeks. Both recording studios donated the use of their facilities to aid the project.

"Our program is restoring music education in our public schools," Little Kids Rock founder/executive director David Wish says. "We do this by providing children with free instruments and dedicated teachers. We also teach our kids how to write their own music. This is resonating with professional musicians and other folks in the music industry."

Last month, Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits sat in with Little Kids Rock classes in San Francisco. Raitt, Paul Simon, B.B. King and Les Paul are members of the organization's honorary board of directors.

Currently, Little Kids Rock classes are available in California, New York, New Jersey and Tennessee. For more information on the program, visit the organization's Web site.