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

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 and bidding on a special musical item for yourself or someone in your life!

You can also subscribe to our regular enewsletter at or visit us on facebook at 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


Oct 30, 2012

Thank you for Lifting Young Hearts with GITC!

Mililani Preschool Teachers 2012
Mililani Preschool Teachers 2012

Dear Friend,

Although this campaign has only been in existence for a couple of weeks, so much good has already been done because of your contribution that it's important to let you know what impact your charitable giving is having here. Thanks to your generosity and timeliness, we were able to raise enough money to green light programs in both Alabama and California and also make a $300 allocation to our program in Mililani, Hawaii in the preschool there, This is outstanding!

Now- and next month- teachers in three states are beginning a round of training. Kate has started the program in the South Mobile Head Start in Irvington and the teachers are LOVING this chance to learn to make and lead music, and to bring this to the pre-schoolers every day. One of our social media volunteers, Alan Breech, lives in Mobile and he will be visiting Kate's class tomorrow and taking photos for you to see.

Jeff Cicatko is teaching in Mililani. I am enclosing a photo of the teachers there. Mililani is in the heart of Oahu, It is not easy to get there and is not a vacation spot. Our trainer drives 90 minutes each way to reach this community because of some very interruptive road work repairing a bridge. But he determined to make sure these Hawaiian children have the benefit of making music- and learning their own cultural traditions as part of this. You can see by the smiles on the teachers' faces how much the chance to incorporate music in teaching means to them.

Brenda Crayk will begin training a beginner class for teachers in San Diego on November 27 at Sandburg Elementary. This school serves a diverse group of children from very hard working families, many with a single, very modest income taking care of everyone, sometimes three generations. The school is wonderful- positive, earnest, high-spirited and successful.The importance of bringing musical access to these children cannot be overemphasized because music serves as a cultural ambassador, a peace builder, a common language, AND a powerful tool of academic learning. At Sandburg, the teachers give their all and the families are very involved. We will be sending you a letter about Sandburg in December when we have had a chance to meet.

Will you please continue giving to this program if and when you can so we can carry the training throughout the school year? Together, let's reach our goal of having teachers in these three places independently prepared to keep the music alive in the general classroom!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your effort to make the world a warmer, brighter place for our children, whether they live in the heart of the South, near the Mexican border in California, or on an island in the Pacific. They are all ours and they need and appreciate our love and care so much.

With gratitude and excitement,



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