Lift Hearts and Shape Young Minds Through Music

 
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May 27, 2014

Thanks to You, Children are Strumming & Singing!

Head Start Teachers in Worcester, MA
Head Start Teachers in Worcester, MA

Dear Friend of Guitars in the Classroom,

Thank you for caring about the well-being & education of children so much. Your generous contribution to this campaign focused on music for children in preschool and primary grades has made a fantastic difference for them ever since its inception last year. Now, thanks to you and everyone who pitched in, we have reached our goal together.

The next microproject will focus on young children acquiring English as a second language with our AMIGO Project so please keep an eye open!

For now please know that students and teachers in some of the roughest areas of Los Angeles are making music every week with instruments your charity provided. In Oxnard, too! And Head Start teachers in Mississippi and Alabama have not only carried on, but are starting up in 2 new locations! We have completed our teacher training in Mililani, Hawaii and the teachers have instruments to keep using in their classrooms. And as of last week, kindergarden teachers in Beaufort, South Carolina started training with master teacher Joan Maute!Ukes are on their way to their classrooms! Head Start Teachers in Worcester, Massachusetts are also completing their year of training with our amazing trainer, Jon Short.

You can actually hear Jon's music (he is a GREAT Blues player) here on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJSIQ3SaKiY. This song about the Asian Long Horned Beetle proves our point that you can write a song about ANYTHING and it will teach you a lesson that really sticks.

In addition, we will begin training teachers in 5 summer intensives in the San Diego area- teachers are welcome to come from everywhere to study with us for a week. You can learn about those trainings,here: http://www.guitarsintheclassroom.org/2014/05/summer-intensives-coming/.

Do you know a teacher who wants to learn to lead the way and teach through music? Please pass along our information. We are teaching on a donation basis, as always, and the doors are wide open! No experience is necessary and the teacher will receive everything the need to get started including a guitar and a ukulele. This is how we spread the magic and learning.

In all, this microproject has helped us train over 120 teachers, place 160 ukuleles in classrooms, and is reaching a thousand children each week with daily musical learning in every subject area. Whether children are learning their colors, numbers, letters and weather through song or singing about friendship, the environment or family, their teachers are leading the way, helping them keep time, sing in tune, create new words, and blend their voices in song all because of you!

If you want to feel the love that goes into a GITC class, please treat yourself to the music of our trainer, Joan Maute, an expert songwriter and singer whose work in the schools spans more than 30 years! Here at her website, you have access to many of her compositions. http://www.joanmaute.com/ Joan has personally trained hundreds of teachers in South Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts and San Diego through her service with Guitars in the Classroom! We are all very grateful to her for sharing her passion for music and education with teachers and children through this organization.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your effort to make the world a positive place for kids whether they live in the South, the East, or near the CA border,or an island in the Pacific. They are all ours and they need and appreciate our love and care so much. And you are there for them. 

Let's keep the music going together in new places!

Wishing you health, peace, inspiration and abundance,

Jess

Teachers in Beaufort, SC
Teachers in Beaufort, SC
Teachers in City Heights, San Diego
Teachers in City Heights, San Diego
Teachers in South Carolina at GITC Class
Teachers in South Carolina at GITC Class

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Mar 3, 2014

Music for Preschools in Mississippi and Alabama!

Together we can make a difference!
Together we can make a difference!

Hello, Friend,I am so excited to tell you the latest news. Since you have been helping out GITC, we have been able to really move forward on our work with young children. The gift you gave was part of a massive push to get more music into early childhood and primary grade classrooms.

We recently got some help from a special friend, pianist and guitarist George Winston. He gave our efforts an added boost with a concert on February 12th in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. People came from all over the two states where we are serving to hear George and learn about GITC and the demand for more trainings skyrocketed in a night. More schools signed on, and now we want more than ever to be able to supply everyone with trainings and instruments.

Next week, classes begin for teachers and their children at Leona B. Warren HeadStart, in Mobile, Alabama!  And in another week, we start up at Taconi Head Start in Ocean Springs. We are working on getting something going in Hattiesburg, too.

And up in Worcester, Massachusetts the early childhood educators are rocking and playing slide guitar with trainer Jon Short, writing all kinds of songs for learning. In Lansing, Michigan, they are learning to play guitar and ukulele with trainer Ben Hassenger. In Victorville, they are studying with Marion Davison. And the beat goes on and on.

Thank you for helping us make an enormous difference for children during their most impressionable years when music can help them learn everything with greater ease and joy and set them on a positive path in school. Your love is making up for what so many public schools cannot afford to provide, and would not be able to implement on their own. Innovation takes advocates and you are right here with us, trumpeting the cause of music for learning every day.

With gratitude in my heart for your kindness and solidarity,

Jess

preschool music in MS Head Start
preschool music in MS Head Start

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Dec 24, 2013

Happier Holidays with Music in Their Lives!

Hampton Virginia GITC
Hampton Virginia GITC

Dear Supporter,

This is a quick note of thanks to let you know how your donations to this project are making the holidays a happier time for children around the United States and Canada this year. Because you gave us the energy and funds to keep going, GITC has been able to:

  • Train and support 225 pK- 8 teachers to learn to lead music in their classrooms this fall!
  • Donate or loan instruments to programs in 86 schools from California to Boston, from Michigan to Ontario.
  • Bring songs and songwriting for learning to the hearts and minds of 19,000 students each day
  • Continue to restore Bluegrass musical traditions in the schools in Clay County, West Virgina
  • Make hands-on guitar and ukulele training possible for children and adults with extreme disabilities through teriinc.org
  • Give high school students wishing to perform community service through music a way to assist younger children by participating in our work.

What is in store for 2014 through this project?

For starters, in Head Start programs in Massachusetts, our trainer Jon Short will begin teaching music leadership to early childhood educators in January. In elementary schools in Burlington, Vermont, trainer Rik Palieri will continue the training he started last year, expanding his efforts to nearby communities as well. In Oakland and Berkeley, California , two new GITC trainers will reach out to K-8 educators new to this approach through the public schools. And this is just the beginning- so many more programs are on the horizon in February. We also have an exciting plan moving forward that involves more community concerts that bring the children and teachers together with community members to make music in public spaces, giving music a presence in the daily life of people outside the school walls. We just led the first public GITC community jam in San Diego 2 weeks ago and facilitated two holiday sing alongs at the public library in Encinitas, CA. Folks really came out to be a part of these events with the children. 

Guitars in the Classroom wants to wish you very happy holidays and the most joyous of New Years.

On behalf of the teachers and students in Hampton, Virginia, in Oxnard and Vista, California and all across the nation wherever there is a GITC program thanks to you, we hope your kindness comes back to you multiplied many times over. The love you give is making life better for thousands of children whose chances for success in school are improving because you choose care. Thank you for your blessings.

Please stay with us, be a part of this musical connection and help more children and people of every age find their voices, passion and inspiration together through sharing the power of song!

Let there be peace,

Jess

Oxnard, CA GITC
Oxnard, CA GITC
Vista, California GITC~
Vista, California GITC~
Bus Driving GITC in Clay WV!
Bus Driving GITC in Clay WV!

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Sep 26, 2013

Pre--5 Music Matters Most!

Reading Counts and GITC Helps
Reading Counts and GITC Helps

Hello, Friend,

This fall we are preparing to launch new teacher training programs from Virginia to California with classes in the middle in places like Lansing, Michigan and Longmont, Colorado. Wherever there are young children, you will find students who no longer have the opportunity to learn to make music in their schools because so many general music programs in the early grades have lost crucial support. GITC is here to help because you are helping us. Please keep going. Give us your vote of confidence. We are managing to make a difference each time you do!

Guitars in the Classroom's aim is to bring a guitar to every classroom and music to every child. We want each child to benefit from the power and beauty of making music together as a part of learning lessons in any subject area.It is a sure fire way for students to acquire new vocabulary and understandings. All learning hinges on these.

And just so you know, GITC is not meant in any way to be used as a substitute for music education. We believe a strong music education program as part of public education is good and important for child development and cultural preservation.We want to see music restored so children can have the full complement of musical opportunities from violin lessons to marching bands. This kind of music education is what makes some kids want to go to school in the morning and there is too little of it available now.

Yet- in these challenging financial times, GITC is filling a critical gap for children by helping their classroom teachers intelligently integrate hands-on musical experiences as a part of learning math, science, social studies, English and so much more. We are teaching them to help their students compose new Lyrics for Learning for every subject, everywhere we are present. This year, in hardworking communities like Vista, California, or in the high desert in Victorville where rural poverty is intense, down in Compton, Watts and Carson, CA where children face the threat of violent crime each day, and up the coast in Oxnard where many people work in the fields to feed the nation, we are excited to begin work helping teachers bring the power of song to their children. 

We want their music to carry hope, heart and important learning- new language, math equations, scientific processes, life saving practices, our American history, and messages of friendship, honesty, heroism. And so with our hearts filled with gratitude to everyone who has helped us move through the summer to the special month of October when supplies go out and classes start, THANK YOU!

Please donate again and help us do more to bring reading abilities up in the early grades by threading language through the beauty of songs and children singing. One day, children will successfully graduate high school because we have done this together today.

Together we can make a difference.

Peace and blessings from our office in San Diego,

Jess

Music Makring in Clay, WV
Music Makring in Clay, WV
Students in GA watch GITC artist Laurence Juber!
Students in GA watch GITC artist Laurence Juber!
Teachers trained in San Diego over Summer Break
Teachers trained in San Diego over Summer Break

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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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Jessica Baron

San Diego, CA United States

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