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.
Feb 25, 2013

Recovery, Growth and Hope in the Gulf!

Mississippi Head Start Program
Mississippi Head Start Program

Here at GITC, we're excited to report that through your generous donations we are indeed Lifting Hearts and Shaping Young Minds!  As of today, this project has expanded to three schools in the Gulf States of Alabama and Mississippi.  Each of the three preschools and Head Start programs has received three ukuleles.  Every day, a child's mind is being engaged through active music participation in our schools, and in our small way, we're helping the gulf recover.

We're not only affecting students, but their teachers as well!  These teachers are now in their third cycle of GITC programming, and every week they are learning more tools of how to share music in their classrooms.  Their enthusiasm is both admirable and contagious!

While we've come a long way on this goal, we still have more to go.  This program has taken off in these schools, and so many teachers have joined in that our teacher trainer was faced with a positive problem--the need to hire an assistant!  For $66 per week, this assistant enables the teaching to continue to over 90 teachers.  With more funding, we can ensure that the teacher training both continues and grows through the dedication of our trainer and assistant, and we can also provide more ukuleles to these classrooms.  With your help, we can extend our hand to help many more in need in the gulf.

In particular, with additional funding we can provide more assistance to the early childhood development workforce who are underpaid, overworked, and every day experience new criteria pushed on them.  Many highly skilled staff simply can't afford to stay, and in Mississippi and Alabama in particular, there is a high teacher turnover rate in preschool education.

By providing them with musical training and guitars and ukuleles as tools for teaching, our work is inspiring the teachers and giving them new excitement about teaching.  We believe strongly that it's contributing to teacher retention in the early childhood development workforce.  President Obama stressed in his most recent State of the Union address the pivotal role of preschools in our children’s' lives and development.  Music is the key to this development, and making these Head Start programs perform and excel elevates quality of education in Head Start programs by developing teacher creativity and leadership.

 

Thank you for your continued support of this project!

Wishing you health, harmony and happiness,

Jessica Baron

Feb 25, 2013

Preschools Across the Country are Thriving!

Here at GITC, we're excited to report that through your generous donations we are indeed Giving Preschool Children a Musical Head Start!  Every day, a child's mind is being engaged through active music participation in our schools, and in our small way, we're helping Head Start programs thrive.

We’re ecstatic to report that in December Kala Musical Brand Company donated over 900 ukuleles to our programs.  Thanks to their generous donation, ukuleles are now in classrooms throughout California and in Arizona: Oakland, CA; Camarillo, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; Oceanside, CA; Encinitas, CA; San Diego, and Phoenix, AZ. 

We're not only affecting students, but their teachers as well!  Training the teachers is the key to making sure children receive the benefits of making music for years and years to come. Every week the teachers are learning more tools of how to share music in their classrooms.  Thanks to the special gift of a handful of U-Basses, some of our teacher trainers are also learning to play Kala U-Basses which enable them to harmonize with the teachers in their training programs. This encourages teachers and ultimately students to play the melody with strength and initiative.  In the last couple of months, we’ve expanded opportunities for teachers to purchase ukuleles directly from our generous, manufacturer sponsors. Schools that raise their own dollars to purchase a set of ukuleles can now do so at a fraction of the cost through KALA Brand Music Company, Lanikai Ukuleles, and Luna Guitars!

I’d like to personally thank you for your contributions and support of this campaign.  The success and sensational growth of this program is entirely due to your early commitment.  Because of your support to bring ukuleles to preschool children—and because you proved it could work—the door flew open and new possibilities arose. 

While we've come a long way on this goal, we still have more to go.  With more funding, we can ensure that the teacher training both continues and grows through the dedication of our trainer, and we can also provide more ukuleles to these classrooms.  With your help, we can extend our hand to help many more Head Start programs.

Please help us continue to expand this campaign for children in need in schools beyond the state of California.  With your continue support, we can expand our program to purchase ukuleles for children in Longmont, Colorado and Burlington, Vermont.

 

Thank you for your continued support of this project!

Wishing you health, harmony and happiness,

Jessica Baron

Dec 17, 2012

What a Wonderful Year Together!

Kids in Oakland 2012
Kids in Oakland 2012

Dear Donor,

Thank you so much for supporting this project! Looking back at what your contribution and the gifts of other contributors have made possible, we have cause for celebration. Children in twenty-six states have been making music with Guitars in the Classroom this year. In particular, over the past few months, your charity has made it possible for pre-school students in Hawaii, Mississippi and Alabama to learn through music everyday. We've worked with students at every grade level in Boston, Massachussets, and have started new programs in Oakland, San Luis Obispo, and San Diego, California and Madisonville, Louisiana for elementary and middle school teachers and  kids. In Clay County, West Virginia, students are making music before, during and after school with GITC. And your assistance has made it all possible!

There is still so much more to do- music programs everywhere have been reduced in recent years and in some districts, the cuts just keep coming. Please help us keep music alive in 2013 by visiting our charity auction online right now at http://stores.ebay.com/auctioncausestore/pages/guitars-in-the-classroom and bidding on a special musical item for yourself or someone in your life!

You can also subscribe to our regular enewsletter at www.guitarsintheclassroom.org or visit us on facebook at www.facebook.com/guitarsintheclassroom where our community shares ideas, humor, and inspiration.

Let's take a deep breath, appreciate the progress your good work has made possible, and create a bright new vision for 2013!

Wishing you health, harmony and happiness in the new year,

Jessica Baron

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