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.
Jun 26, 2013

Thanks to You it was a Very Good School Year!

Teachers get ukuleles for their classrooms!
Teachers get ukuleles for their classrooms!

In Pre-school and Kinder classes around the nation, it has been a very musical school year thanks to your generous donation to this project! Children in the earliest grades have been playing ukuleles along with their teachers to learn their letters, numbers, colors and more. They have been singing about friendship, nature, love and family and sharing their songs at home because you supplied their teacher with the training to lead and the instruments to share. What a wonderful start to learning to learn you have given them, and next fall you can do more when we start new programs. We will be sure to let you know about our plans in August! In particular, the children in Mississippi and Alabama, in Georgia and South Carolina have been strumming and singing with their classmates and teachers because we put a special focus on the Gulf Coast region. But children throughout California and in Phoenix, Arizona got this benefit too when we got a surprise donation of 900 ukuleles from the KALA Brand Music Company this spring!

Thank you for leading the way and helping us start this powerful campaign to boost the chances for success in school for children in disadvantaged communities. You are our angels, bestowing the indellible gift of music into the hearts and minds of our youngest children.

With gratitude,

Jess

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Feb 27, 2013

You Trained 240 Teachers to Lead Music for 23,000 Children!

Teachers in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012
Teachers in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012

Here at GITC, we're excited to report your generous donations to this project, Infusing Learning with Music in Pre-K-8 Classrooms made a magnificent difference in the schools last year!  Your gifts have helped train 240 teachers and reach 23,000 children in 2012!  Every day, a child's mind is being engaged through active music participation in our schools, and in our small way, we're helping schools thrive.

Since this fundraising project began, as the result of your contributions, we’ve been running new programs in Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, California, Colorado, Massachussets, Vermont and Arizona.  And we are happy to announce that Guitars In The Classroom is expanding to Canada this summer!  Please stay tuned for more information on this exciting development. Your gifts have paid for training, curriculum development, office supplies, program insurance, musical supplies, instrument cases, and even some ukuleles!

While we've come a long way on this goal together in 2012, we still have a long way to go in 2013 and we need your contunued support. With more funding, GITC can ensure that the teacher training both continues and grows through the dedication of our faculty trainers, and we also can provide more ukuleles to public schools classrooms. Through our manufacturer partnerships, GITC is able to purchase ukuleles for just $25 each that can be played by new students every year. This means your contribution dollars will turn into instruments to be played by many young hands, and these experiences will open the door to making music even in times when traditional music programs are being elimintaed. Your acts of kindness are making music a hands-on reality for thousands of disadvantaged children including some in Victorville, California, a high poverty and high crime area where making music helps children gain a sense of safety and belonging.

Additionally, we’d like to invite you to participate in a special giving opportunity right here at GlobalGiving.  On Wednesday March 13 beginning at 12:01 a.m. EST, for each donation received, GlobalGiving will increase its value by 30%.  This means that if you give $100, your generous gift will provide FIVE ukuleles, rather than four.  If our donors, like you, utilize this day of giving, we can provide more children with the opportunity to play along.

Please mark your calendar to join us very early in the day on the 13th- in time to get the Global Giving matching funds- so we can provide more children with the opportunity to become creators, thinkers, artists, and enthusiastic students through music. Let's keep making these miracles happen together!

Wishing you health, harmony and happiness, and thanking you very sincerely for being so thoughtful,

Jessica Baron

Teachers in Oakland, CA
Teachers in Oakland, CA
Teachers in San Luis Obispo, CA
Teachers in San Luis Obispo, CA
Head Start Teachers in Mississippi
Head Start Teachers in Mississippi
Teachers in Burlington, Vermont
Teachers in Burlington, Vermont
Teachers in Mililani, Hawaii
Teachers in Mililani, Hawaii

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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

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