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 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,

Jess

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Oct 29, 2012

The Children Are Strumming!

ukulele magic with GITC preschoolers
ukulele magic with GITC preschoolers

Dear Musically-Minded Contributor,

Thank you for joining Guitars in the Classroom to create hands-on musical learning opportunities for pre-school students. The current project to which you donated funds has been focused on reaching preschools in Michigan and Mississippi. We are excited now to spread the work to Mobile, Alabama!

Because you gave, so far we have been able to provide six ukuleles to a preschool in each region. The teachers are using the training they have been receiving from Guitars in the Classroom to share music with their young students, and we hope to do lots more of this work around the country between now and the end of the year!

GITC's support for integrating music with preschool education began in Chicago four years ago at El Valor, Chicago’s premiere bilingual early childhood Center of Excellence. Says Vincent Allocco, Executive Director “There are many early childhood music programs that enhance children’s development but I have never before encountered a music and dialogue program with greater potential for improving teacher creativity and effectiveness and student engagement than GITC.”

Ukuleles are the perfect size for little hands, and we thank you for helping us make these instruments available!

With sincere best wishes and thanks for your support of this project,

Jess

Oct 7, 2012

We've launched! Thank you for helping!

Children are already strumming in Clay!
Children are already strumming in Clay!

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for helping us get the music program in Clay, West Virginia off the ground. With your donations, we were able to secure training for the first 6 weeks of a brand new program that will bring more music into the classrooms in Clay, and will also help our trainer there, Tracy Wayne, connect the traditional Bluegrass players with the children in after school music clubs. The teachers are now meeting every Tuesday after school, learning guitar, learning to sing together, lead songs, and write their own lyrics for learning. We will keep you posted as things progress.

The work is far from over. So if you like the project and are inclined to help us sustain the work, I hope you will consider making another contribution on October 17 when your dollars will be matched! This will extend the teacher training into the late fall so children can learn holiday music and share the spirit of peace and love through music at that time.

Thanks again, we could not have gotten started without you!

Warm wishes,

Jess

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