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 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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Sep 13, 2012

Welcoming Teachers and Children to GITC this Fall!

GITC in Clay County, West Virginia
GITC in Clay County, West Virginia

Hello, Friends!

What a busy time this is for GITC as it most surely is for anyone involved in the schools these days. With September come brand new opportunities, challenges and dreams for children and teachers alike. Thanks to your magnificent support of the efforts of Guitars in the Classroom to bring hands-on learning through music to children from coast to coast, we are there this fall to meet those challenges, provide those opportunities, and feed those dreams. In Title 1 schools in Massachusetts, West Virginia, New York, California, Michigan, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, South Carolina, and more teachers will be making lessons come alive when they pull out a guitar, bring song lyrics up on the board, and count in the kids on a song for learning!

This is a near miracle, considering what Mother Nature has done around the US lately. Clay, West Virginia flooded this summer, lost power, and things were bad. Hurricane Isaac flooded the streets of Madisonville, LA and Pascagoula, MS. Heat made Boston a big brick over complete with sauna capabilities. But GITC keeps chugging because the people who run the programs locally are inspired, tough, and full of love. That is what it takes to make our little engine go. The music must go on!

Why? Because it makes a world of difference for the children. Nothing less than that.

Whether a homeless child gets his only two meals a day for free at school or enjoys a homemade deli sandwich neatly tucked into a lunchbag by loving hands from home, that child has great creative potential that can be mobilized, sparked, and channeled through making music with GITC at school..Everything will be provided to make music a reality at no charge to the budget-poor schools or cash-strapped families.

Whether a child is shy during class discussions or loves to be the center of attention, music will affect, inspire, and light up her mind. No special talent or money is required for her to participate meaningfully in GITC's music-infused lessons. GITC removes all the common barriers to musical access.

And whether a student has a profound learning disability or limiting medical condition or is the class math genius or star soccer player, making music can open a channel to deep learning that is surpassed by none; it can empower every kind of kid to excel. The music and rhythm open hearts and carry the facts, figures, ideas and messages in lessons to embed them magically in children's memory. And GITC sparks a passion for learning that grows brighter each day as children sing, strum guitars, invent new songs, write lyrics and perform together. That the songs deliver math, science, social studies, English, language arts and so much more is why their grades and test scores improve. But it is the love of learning and creating that matters most.

Thank you for helping us get to this point where we can offer training in so many places of need. Please stay with us. donate what you can, and let's keep making over-crowded classrooms where kids stress over testing into places where learning and jpy come alive, where teachers feel passionate and adventurous about their work, and where all students are creatively engaged and motivated to achieve. We are in this together, and the changes you've empowered so with your gift are making a difference! Please join us again to do more.

Thank you for being the change you want to see in the world,

Jess

GITC training in Boston, MA
GITC training in Boston, MA
GITC Training at TERi Inc in Oceanside, CA
GITC Training at TERi Inc in Oceanside, CA

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Jul 30, 2012

The Ukes Have Landed in Two Preschools!

Hello Project Supporters,

Thank you so very much for having a heart for young children and music with your recent contribution to Guitars in the Classroom's early childhood programs. Your kindness is already shaping the daily learning of children in early childhood centers in Oxford, Michigan and Pascagoula, Mississippi because early this month, we were able to purchase three ukuleles for children to share in each of two preschool locations!

Now that their teachers have been learning to make and lead music with Guitars in the Classroom, these students can engage in thoughtfully facilitated instrumental and vocal experiences that will set them on the path to becoming life long music makers. They will be playing and singing along with their teachers, taking turns, making up new songs, and developing talent, confidence, and a positive outlook about school. 

As you may be aware, musicality and language development go hand in hand in the early years. Given a chance to strum and sing, the little ones in these centers have a greater chance of making rapid gains in both while feeling the beat and playing creative rhythms with their songs for learning. Your gift may ultimately lead some of them to become the inspirational artists of the future, but most importantly, you are empowering them right now as their minds, habits, and attitudes about school, music, and themselves are forming. A child who succeeds in "making a joyful noise" will wish to continue along that path of healthy, creative self expression. 

We still have a long way to go. If you'd like to continue helping GITC provide early musical learning in preschool programs, I hope you will keep us in mind when you are ready to make a new tax deductible gift. Thank you fso much for being the first people to get behind this special campaign! We hope to get some ukuleles into the preschool in Mililani, Hawaii so the children there can begin to learn the musical traditions of their heritages.

Sending very best wishes and much gratitude,

Jess

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