Zager Guitar Music Therapy & Education Foundation

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Zager Guitar Music Therapy & Education Foundation was created by Denny Zager in 2012, after he nearly died from a stroke that left him partially disabled.  When conventional therapies failed, Denny rehabilitated himself doing what he loved most in life—playing guitar.Once he had mostly recovered, Denny felt he could help others as he helped himself, and has now devoted his life to giving the gift of music to those in need.

To date we have given away nearly 10,000 acoustic guitars with access to the online guitar lesson library to public school children across the United States.

In 2018 we’re launching a major initiative to give away $1 million worth of acoustic guitars nationwide.

If you or your company would like to support our charitable giving and want to discuss the gift first, please contact Dennis Jr. direct at, or call at (402) 770-7747. We would love to have your support.

Music Therapy

Every year people suffering from heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other mental illnesses, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, arthritis and many other diseases use the power of music therapy to manage and improve their conditions—even sometimes healing themselves when conventional methods fail.

Instrument Playability
Playing the guitar can be an important component of rehabilitation following injuries, too. The fine muscles in the hands, arms, shoulders and neck all work in concert when playing guitar.

Denny’s nearly 50 years of refinement led to the easiest playing guitar on the market with custom neck design, lower string heights,  and wider string spacing. See what makes a Zager guitar so easy to play here.

Please see John Mall’s tribute to Denny and listen to a heartwarming testimonial from Steve Giardano—who manages multiple sclerosis and thinks Zager guitars are better than other top brands, because they allow him to finally play the acoustic guitar again.

Do you have a story about how a Zager guitar helped you or a loved one cope with injury or illness? Please share it with us! We’d love to feature your stories here.


It’s a fact that children who play musical instruments perform better academically than those who do not. Why then is guitar, the most popular instrument in the world, not offered in schools as part of the standard music curriculum?

The main reason is cost. Quality guitars that are easy to play are not affordable for most school budgets. Another primary reason is a lack of qualified instructors. Very few guitar teachers are available in public schools, and it is not a prioritized skill for districts when hiring music educators.

Zager Guitars is going to change this. We’re developing a program to provide our custom guitars to teachers and their students, along with instruction materials for classes via the Zager online guitar lesson library, which contains hundreds of videos and song arrangements.

Denny is committed to helping new players learn affordably through online video lessons. Zager Guitars builds the easiest playing guitars in the world and owns the oldest guitar instruction library on the internet. See what’s included in the lesson library here!