Hello, Supportive Friend of Music!
We want to give you a quick note to catch you up with the good things your gift has made possible already this school year! It’s an exciting time and I am so grateful you are with us!
The school year is off to an exciting (and somewhat controversial) start around the U.S. with the introduction of the Common Core Content Standards. These standards bring critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills to the forefront of America education. Instead of focusing primarily on units of test-able factoids and quantifiable memorization, the Common Core attempts to help our kids employ their bright minds in collabroative, creative and useful ways that will lead to long term understanding and success.
While many teachers agree it’s a move in “the right direction,” it also steps up the work load for teachers everywhere and increases the expectations for our students. Much discussion about these standards is underway everyday. Not everyone agrees on their value or viability but in general the buzz is positive. At its’ best, the Common Core is asking teachers to engage students in compelling activities and projects that build not only core subject area knowledge but also help them develop lasting life skills for the 21st Century.
With your support, GITC can make the process as joyful, artistic and effective as possible this year! Music will absolutely help. The power of music to engage everyone and lift spirits is undeniable. Please find the link to a great article about why music makes things so much more enjoyable with this report.
This week GITC will be sharing at our website a NEW how-to powerpoint that breaks the goals of the Common Core down within a framework of 21st century skills, and weaves the whole process through collaborative student music making and songwriting for learning. This should make connections clearer for teachers and also make it easier for any teacher to show her or his administrator how and why music has a helpful place in the general classroom!
Please stay with us to help us launch new programs - in alignment with the Common Core- this fall. We already got started in Hampton, Virgina, Clay, West Virginia, Oxnard, CA, Vista, CA, and in a few weeks we start in Lansing, MI!
Guitars in the Classroom needs your continuing support to give teachers the training and supplies to make music in the general classroom possible. Together, let's empower teachers to boost student engagement and success through writing, playing and singing songs with new vocabulary and better language fluency. Let's give them music that improves student reading comprehension and the ability to decode language syllabically. (Remember that song lyrics really emphasize the different syllables in each word as it scans across musical notes.) Let's pour music into our schoools together.
Your donation of any amount makes a difference not for one or two but for 240 30 children at a time!
These darling students in the photo you are seeing are only in their second month of third grade at Sandburg Elementary School in Mira Mesa, Ca. Their teacher trained with us - and they can each already play four chords on ukulele! As a class they have already written five songs for math, language arts and science lessons! In this photo they are playing “The Earth is Our Mother” as part of their study of the Kumayay people in preparation for Thanksgiving. You can see the engagement and joy in their faces- they power of the music in their hands.
Please give now and make this magic possible for children in classrooms all over the United States. You are helping us change so many young lives when you take action on right here on GlobalGiving.org!
Thank you for your awesome support. Together we are making a difference every day.
Hello, Friend of GITC,
Thank you for putting your encouragement and power into our work this school year! Your gift made a magnificent difference for over 70,000 children in public schools around the nation this year! Your kindness has been particularly life changing for those students in disadvantaged a.k.a. "Title I" schools where musical opportunities have grown scarce.
Thanks to your good will, we were able to train almost 800 school teachers this year to lead and integrate music into daily lessons in Pre-K through 8th grade classrooms from San Diego to Boston, from Oakland to Biloxi, MS.
With your assistance, children played guitars and ukuleles to accompany the songs they wrote about multiplication, division and fractions. With their teachers' guidance, they wrote new lyrics to memorize spelling words. They created story songs about scientific discoveries. They performed for their classmates and parents. We even have heard stories of children teaching their younger siblings at home to play because you provided them with a chance to learn. The students learned lessons through music, yes, and they felt passionate about learning because of the music. There is no question that these musical experiences will stay with them throughout life. A child who strummed a ukulele for this first time this year because of YOU may get music lessons next year because your generosity has sparked a keen interest. One who showed another child how to play a chord may decide one day to become a teacher. These formative experiences are essential to the success our our kids.
We also got some very special visits from artists this school year. Teachers at Pacheco Elementary in San Luis Obispo, California and EARTHS magnet school in Ventura County and CAPE Elementary in Camarillo, California got to perform with Laurence Juber or Drew Taubenfeld and his band, all visiting GITC artists.This is something we want to see lots more of next year and we hope you will stay committed to GITC and will keep making musical dreams come true!
With your help, this has been a time of growth, creativity and hope for many people who had not made music before, and also for teachers who had started training with us but wanted the chance to continue. You made it possible. Let's keep going together! Let's make the 2013-14 school year a time when even more children discover their potential, thrill to the sound of learning through music, and experience the joys of having a guitar in their classroom.
With you in service and with gratitude,
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,
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 http://stores.ebay.com/auctioncausestore/pages/guitars-in-the-classroom and bidding on a special musical item for yourself or someone in your life!
You can also subscribe to our regular enewsletter at www.guitarsintheclassroom.org or visit us on facebook at www.facebook.com/guitarsintheclassroom 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,
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,
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