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.
Oct 11, 2013

The Ukes Have Landed!

CJ loves making music!
CJ loves making music!

Dear Supporter,

Thank you for playing a key role in changing the lives of young children through our combined efforts! This project has been a total success, bringing a special focus to the effort to place ukuleles in preschools, early childhood and primary grade classrooms. This is the last report you will be getting about this campaign because, amazing as it is, together we've succeeded!

Please meet some of the special children whose lives your generosity has touched. Before this project, these kids would come to school everyday while their parents went off to work, some parents working not just one, but two or three part time jobs to keep groceries on the table. Their classrooms had enough funding to provide basics. But not enough to make music a reality. And we agree, I know, that music deserves to be a "basic." But sadly this is no longer the case in early childhood and primary classrooms. It has been defunded on a widespread basis.

But you are joining GITC to make a difference! With your gift of funding for a ukulele, combined with funds raised in our other campaigns on GlobalGiving that train teachers to lead music, these students have been singing to learn- and strumming along, to not just sometimes but many times each week!

In a life filled with stressors induced by the economy and an ever competitive world, when you have helped us add music to the lives of these children, you have given then hope, happiness and new abilities. Thank you SO MUCH.

We are ready to close out this campaign because- with your empowerment and encouragement- enough help is now coming to supply our programs with ukuleles from three different musical instrument companies! They are not charging us for the instruments at all. These companies include Kala Brand Music Company, Hohner U.S.A., and Dana B. Goods. And we are hoping to include two more companies to this ukulele-gifting crew by the end of 2013.

Would you like to help us raise funds to open up more free teacher training programs for young children? This is where the magic truly begins- with a teacher who learns to share and lead the music. We really do want and need your assistance in this effort.

Please join us to make an especially BIG difference on OCTOBER 23 during Bonus Matching Day on Global Giving! That morning, would you please contribute to our forthcoming campaign called Songs in their Hearts and Strings in their Hands?

We’ll put that micro-project up online next week so it will be ready for your donation on the 23rd when Global Giving will match your gift at 30% while funds last. Please help us reach our goal of $3500 and when we do, two anonymous GITC donors will increase the campaign earnings by $1500!

Do you have other ideas about ways we can work together to bring music into the lives of more children in need? If so, I hope you will get in touch by writing to me here, jess@guitarsintheclassroom.org or calling the office at (619) 578-2326. I look forward to sharing your ideas soon.

May all the goodness you have given to others come back to you many times over…

With gratitude,

Jess

Paul a
Paul a
Our 3rd Grade Buddies Play Too!
Our 3rd Grade Buddies Play Too!

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Sep 26, 2013

Pre--5 Music Matters Most!

Reading Counts and GITC Helps
Reading Counts and GITC Helps

Hello, Friend,

This fall we are preparing to launch new teacher training programs from Virginia to California with classes in the middle in places like Lansing, Michigan and Longmont, Colorado. Wherever there are young children, you will find students who no longer have the opportunity to learn to make music in their schools because so many general music programs in the early grades have lost crucial support. GITC is here to help because you are helping us. Please keep going. Give us your vote of confidence. We are managing to make a difference each time you do!

Guitars in the Classroom's aim is to bring a guitar to every classroom and music to every child. We want each child to benefit from the power and beauty of making music together as a part of learning lessons in any subject area.It is a sure fire way for students to acquire new vocabulary and understandings. All learning hinges on these.

And just so you know, GITC is not meant in any way to be used as a substitute for music education. We believe a strong music education program as part of public education is good and important for child development and cultural preservation.We want to see music restored so children can have the full complement of musical opportunities from violin lessons to marching bands. This kind of music education is what makes some kids want to go to school in the morning and there is too little of it available now.

Yet- in these challenging financial times, GITC is filling a critical gap for children by helping their classroom teachers intelligently integrate hands-on musical experiences as a part of learning math, science, social studies, English and so much more. We are teaching them to help their students compose new Lyrics for Learning for every subject, everywhere we are present. This year, in hardworking communities like Vista, California, or in the high desert in Victorville where rural poverty is intense, down in Compton, Watts and Carson, CA where children face the threat of violent crime each day, and up the coast in Oxnard where many people work in the fields to feed the nation, we are excited to begin work helping teachers bring the power of song to their children. 

We want their music to carry hope, heart and important learning- new language, math equations, scientific processes, life saving practices, our American history, and messages of friendship, honesty, heroism. And so with our hearts filled with gratitude to everyone who has helped us move through the summer to the special month of October when supplies go out and classes start, THANK YOU!

Please donate again and help us do more to bring reading abilities up in the early grades by threading language through the beauty of songs and children singing. One day, children will successfully graduate high school because we have done this together today.

Together we can make a difference.

Peace and blessings from our office in San Diego,

Jess

Music Makring in Clay, WV
Music Makring in Clay, WV
Students in GA watch GITC artist Laurence Juber!
Students in GA watch GITC artist Laurence Juber!
Teachers trained in San Diego over Summer Break
Teachers trained in San Diego over Summer Break

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Jul 29, 2013

A Summer of Musical Opportunity for Young Children

GITC in St. Catharines, Canada
GITC in St. Catharines, Canada

Dear Friends,

Thank you for helping GITC (git-see) come such a long way this summer. It's amazing how far your show of love can go when you want to help little children through music! We are seeing so much improvement, hope and joy in the schools.

This summer thanks to you, we have taken early childhood musical training to Ontario, Canada- our first official international program! We have also been able to work with early childhood educators in Boston and San Diego, bringing our new collection of songs for the early childhood classroom into preschools, kinders and Head Start programs! We expect to distribute 600 ukuleles to classrooms between now and December. Everyone in our programs is now learning to play ukuleles with their young students- in addition to guitars- and the kids have been making the most amazing discoveries as a result.They love to strum and sing together and are finding they can not only make beautiful music and share it, but they can teach it to their siblings and parents- a surprising find, indeed.

This past week, teachers in San Diego wrote 2 beautiful new songs for kindergarteners in order to help them overcome their nervousness on the first day of school. Both teacher groups worked with the melody of Ben E. King's song "Stand By Me." One group with teachers Kelly Creeden and Sarah Carvahlo wrote words about feeling scared and not knowing who your friends are on the first day of school with the chorus, "I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear just as long as someone plays with me. Some someone, someone play with me, o-oh play with me, oh Someone won't you play with me." The teachers will substitute the name of each student for the word Someone when school starts.

The second group of teachers including Wendy Aardappel, Belen Jacot and Joanie Hartman wrote these beautful lyrics:

When the day has come for the
first day of school and your
family says goodbye to you
Oh don't be afraid – ohh don’t be afraid
You'll make friends and have lots of fun, too.

Chorus:

So Children, Children  you'll be okay  cause our class is a team. We'll learn together and become a family

We'll read books and sing songs and play together too.
We'll eat lunch and learn about our school
We'll be kind to our friends and listen to them too
Our teacher will be proud of us*

Chorus:

So Children, Children  you'll be okay  cause our class is a team. We'll learn together and become a family!

Thanks for being a part of the Guitars in the Classroom family. Let's keep making this vision of musical access for all children starting in preschool a reality everywhere. Together we can make a tremendous difference for the children when we train, inspire and equip their teachers to shape their lives every day through song.

With gratitude, wishing you happiness,

Jess

St. Catharines morning class
St. Catharines morning class
Kelly and Sarah in San Diego
Kelly and Sarah in San Diego
Hsuiping, Ellie and Susan in San Diego
Hsuiping, Ellie and Susan in San Diego
Wendy, Belen and Joanie in San Diego
Wendy, Belen and Joanie in San Diego

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