Guitars in the Classroom

Since 1998, Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) has been inspiring, training and equipping classroom teachers to integrate music making across the academic curriculum through "song-based instruction" so students of all ages have educational, musical access & opportunity at school every day. Our work prepares educators to lead music, employing it as a dynamic tool for reaching all learners, teaching all subjects, and building character, creativity and community.Programs & materials are free.

Guitars in the Classroom
2770 Historic Decatur Rd.
Suite 203
San Diego, CA 92106
United States
619-578-2326
http://www.guitarsintheclassroom.org

Executive Director

Jessica Anne Baron

Management Team

Jessica Baron, Melissa Ford, Andrew Serafini

Board of Directors

Peter D'Addario, Anna Ress, Art Harvey, Janet Godin, Harry Finkel, Jessica Baron, Joan Maute, Billy Stern, John Unger

Project Leaders

Jessica Baron

Mission

Since 1998, Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) has been inspiring, training and equipping classroom teachers to integrate music making across the academic curriculum through "song-based instruction" so students of all ages have educational, musical access & opportunity at school every day. Our work prepares educators to lead music, employing it as a dynamic tool for reaching all learners, teaching all subjects, and building character, creativity and community.Programs & materials are free.

Programs

Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) trains teachers to transform their classrooms into creative environments in which every child can experience the joys and benefit of learning through music. Teachers learn to play the guitar, sing, and lead music making, facilitate student songwriting on topic, and to use the guitar to deliver instruction while integrating music across all other areas of the curriculum. Songs carry and enrich lessons and get all kinds of learners more excited about learning! Students engage more enthusiastically, attend more fully, perform better on assignments and tests, feel closer to teachers and peers, and develop greater social skills and self esteem through these daily integrated artistic experiences. In many schools, our work provides the only exposure students receive to live musical learning. The guitars we place in their classrooms brighten their school experience and open the doorway to more musical learning. Our programs exist in grassroots form in communities of every size and nature- small rural communities, large urban schools, suburban schools, too. We serve the children of military service people, children on First Peoples reservations, even children in Afghanistan. We reach out through our MIRSE program (Music Integration for Resource and Special Education) to children with special needs, and to English Language Learners with our AMIGO program (Achievement through Music Integration with Guitars). In every instance, music helps students love learning more and do better in school. We create programs where people are excited to get them started. Our newest effort is to create a very comprehensive model for young children by staring some Early Childhood Education trainings with Head Start teachers.

Statistics on Guitars in the Classroom

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $306,917
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $306,917
  • Other funding sources: GITC gratefully receives support from the Harry Chapin Fdnt, Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation (Jack Johnson), Wishlist Foundation (Pearl Jam), Bill Graham Foundation, Aria Foundation, D'Addario Music Foundation, & the NAMM Foundation (int'l music products industry) & GAMA, (Guitars & Accessories Mktg As.) We receive in kind guitar and supply help from Godin, C.F. Martin & Co., KMC Music, Greg Bennett, Oriolo, Levy's Leathers, Dunlop Mftg & more! Individual gifts bring local programs to life.
  • Religious Affiliation: None

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