Songs in their Hearts & Strings in their Hands!

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This special project will support eight new free music training programs in at-risk schools around the U.S. 150 teachers will get the chance to participate and they will lead music for over 7,000 students a week, collectively. This will dramatically improve literacy, language & reading skills as students create and share songs with their own Lyrics for Learning in class and with their families. In addition to training, participants will receive instruments, accessories, supplies & materials.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

America is experiencing a literacy crisis, beginning in grade school & continuing through adulthood.This is contributing to our impacted juvenile justice system, a rise in teen pregnancies, overcrowded jails, unemployment and dependency on welfare. About 70% of the people affected are functionally illiterate. Their troubles present early: 42% of 3rd grade boys & 34% of girls are reading below grade level! One in 4 students won't read by high school & will drop out. These students need help now.

How will this project solve this problem?

"Songs in their Hearts & Strings in their Hands!" will boost student literacy, language & reading skills this year & beyond with musical learning that addresses Language Arts lessons and standards. From California to Mississippi, Illinois to Hawaii, classroom teachers will learn, then teach their students to sing & strum easy, traditional songs on guitar or ukulele. Then students will embed vocabulary & spelling words, grammar, punctuation & expressive language in songs they'll remember & share.

Potential Long Term Impact

GITC instills a life-long love of learning in students by creatively engaging the whole classroom in language-rich musical activities! It offers ongoing benefit because once teachers train with GITC, they keep song-leading for years. Students, most attending Title 1 (low income) schools, get a musical start in life, singing songs as a part of learning academic lessons. This approach makes classrooms happier places, lowering stress and assisting students to bring up their grades and test scores.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $5,000

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $5,000 .  The original project funding goal was $5,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).



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Infuse Learning with Music in Pre-K-8 Classrooms!
By training PK-8 teachers to lead music, you will bring music making & more effective learning to this generation & those to come. Students of all ages will gain the chance to engage enthusiastically in lessons in all subjects through singing lyrics for learning! REVERSE the negative impact of school budget cuts when you support 240 teachers to reach 27,000 students with music in 100 schools. Please make music a meaningful part of education each day so children can achieve their goals & dreams. project reportread updates from the field


Project Leader

Jessica Baron

Encinitas, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Songs in their Hearts & Strings in their Hands!