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.
Sep 4, 2015

Summer Report Card for GITC

Teachers Move Up a Level in Training in San Diego!
Teachers Move Up a Level in Training in San Diego!

Dear Supporter,

The summer has flown by very quickly and we have such nice news to share! As you prepare for the autumn ahead, thanks for taking a couple minutes to look back at what GITC has been up to with your help. We are grateful you stay tuned in with our organization.

This summer, Pk-12 teachers have been singing, strumming and songwriting new lyrics for learning in  intensive GITC classes! Over 100 teachers have come through week-long trainings with a handful of GITC faculty members.
These week-long experiences give teachers a chance to focus on music without the distractions of the school year and the benefits are enormous. They advance a full level in a week, write new material for their upcoming classes, grow as music leaders, role models and academic songwriters and make supportive friendships that last over the years.
Teachers have taken intensive week-long classes in San Diego, Santa Barbara and Mariposa County, California, coming from communities and schools from all over these regions.
We are extremely grateful to each of you who has helped us train teachers this summer and made sure we could put instruments into their capable hands. Thank you!
New for us this summer was infusing guitar lessons into summer (year round) education for teens who have run into trouble with the schools and the law guitar to the high school students at Bayside School in San Diego. Their school is part of the San Diego Juvenile Court Schools, and the students are on probation, have been expelled from other high schools, or have other individual needs that can be better met through this program . GITC trainer Dan Decker (Teacher of the Year for his district, Lemon Grove) wrote a blog about the experience that you can read at our website. 

And just last month, we were honored by top inclusion in this online article from Musician's Frirend's "The Hub" about music related not-for-profits Eight Nonprofits Changing the World with Music .
The summer months have seen some magnificent artist advocacy happening through concerts, live events and social media from our superstars. This is very important to the future of GITC because artists inspire community members to get involved at the local level.
Cody Lovaas finished up five school concerts just before school ended for the summer including one at our Title I for the Arts pilot school, Normal Heights Elementary and one at our Turnaround Arts school, Luther Burbank Elementary. And Brent Paschke (guitarist for Pharrell Williams) along with GRAMMY award winning fingerstyle master Laurence Juber (formerly of Wings) helped GITC founder Jess Baron co-teach an all-day workshop for K-5 music educators in Los Angeles Unified School District. Then in July, Jefferson Starship, Starship and acoustic jazz wizard Craig Chaquico got busy educating fans about GITC on radio, television and stage... and gave a great concert, during which GITC conducted a Live auction, including a Craig Chaquico signed guitar, that brought in $6000 to GITC programs!" We are excited to partner up with these passionate GITC artists to expand kids' musical horizons.

Also in June, our founder and director, Jessica Baron and Guitars in the Classroom were honored by the My Hero Foundation with the  prestigious 2015 My Hero Award during an evening celebrating heroism through music education at the Herb Alpert Foundation We hope you'll enjoy the video created to honor our leader and our work through the link included in this enewsletter.

Each time people hear about our non-profit, more children get the chance to learn through music in their schools. This is one reason the artists and the awards are so important. Artists have the power to inspire their fans and their fans have the power to join all of you who are helping to change the tide of musical access in public education. Together we can get this done.

Fall classes will be ready for teacher enrollment later this month and we are expanding classes quite a lot in 2015-16 thanks to your commitment to making music a part of learning for every child. Thank you for staying with us!

With over 50% of American children living at or below the poverty level, it's crucial to their success in school that we make learning positive, creative, supportive and collaborative. Nothing has both the power to bring us human beings together and uplift our spirits quite like making music!

Into a brighter future with your participation and our gratitude for all you!  Thank you from all of us working with GITC. Please keep giving. Your charity matters.

Warmly,

Jess

Music Teachers Join K-8 Teachers to Lead the Way
Music Teachers Join K-8 Teachers to Lead the Way

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Jun 5, 2015

School Year Successes Thanks to You!

Kinders Strum!
Kinders Strum!

Dear Friend,

They say pictures are worth a thousand words. We want to thank you at least that many times for the good you have been doing this school year by helping out. The photos in the report below are just a few from some of our programs in the San Diego area where we have volunteer photographers Mike Maher and Ismael Ortega visiting regularly. But trust me, this work is going on from coast to coast. From Oxnard, CA and Longmont CO to Worcester, MA and Burlington, VT, the teachers and kids are singing to learn and learning to sing.

It's been a busy school year and we're not done quite yet! Mr. Renner and his first grade (below) are preparing songs for Open House next week in a year round school where kids will be strumming and singing until mid July. You will see in the children's eyes the joy, exuberance and sense of belonging they feel when music becomes a part of their learning process.

We'll write again next month with a bigger report, but for now, please enjoy these glimpses into the magical experiences you kindness is creating.

With overwhelming gratitude,

Jess

Ocean Beach Elementary gets ukes
Ocean Beach Elementary gets ukes
Little Songwriters Collaborate on Spelling Songs
Little Songwriters Collaborate on Spelling Songs
First Grade Students Learn at Normal Heights!
First Grade Students Learn at Normal Heights!
Singing to Learn Contractions
Singing to Learn Contractions
What s Strumming Station Looks Like
What s Strumming Station Looks Like
Teachers Perform for Students with Cody Lovaas
Teachers Perform for Students with Cody Lovaas
Jason Mraz Joins Cody and GITC at Burbank
Jason Mraz Joins Cody and GITC at Burbank
Fifth Graders from Logan Heights Sing Out!
Fifth Graders from Logan Heights Sing Out!
Kinders Strum!
Kinders Strum!

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Apr 7, 2015

Thanks to You We're Having a Uke-Nado!

Normal Heights Grade 1
Normal Heights Grade 1

Dear Friends of GITC,

Thank you for your profound show of support for the work of this non-profit! Because of each of you, our office is experiencing a uke-nado. Your gifts have made it possible to begin moving beautiful, brightly colored ukuleles from their manufacturers into classrooms. First stop? San Diego for inventory and tuning.

Many hands make light the work. Two teachers, two retired friends who volunteers and three more helpers are on the uke-tuning, boxing and shipping committee. Jessica Leonard, Caley Smalling, Rae Newoman, Neal White, Anthony Tinelli and Ariel Solano and Elias Turner have all been showing up to unpack and get instruments ready for the children to play.

The first delivery went to a first grade classroom at Normal Heights Elementary School. The children responded with wonder and played their hearts out while learning to form contractions from "two different words" to a song their wonderful teacher, Michael Renner created.

The second delivery in on its way to 13 teachers in Longmont, Colorado, a small farming and ranching community 45 minutes outside of Denver. There each teacher will take a ukulele back to his or her classroom and learn to support a "music helper" to strum along in the seat next to them. This is an essential first step for teachers to take before they feel ready to implement a whole strumming station.

The third delivery went to 8 classrooms in the barrio in San Diego where children have no access to instruments without your help. These kids are so excited about their little red Diamond Head ukes. The second graders are using them to compose lyrics about habitats and animal adaptation. The new vocabulary words this is generating are very expressive and are motivating children to learn to spell. We are awaiting permission to share their photos.

This Wednesday, 8 ukes are going to a kinder classroom of eager little music makers who will be writing new verses to "Get On Board" to include their sight words.

I've got a word that we all know and "happy" is it's name. I've got a word that we all know and "happy" is it's name..HAPPY spells happy, HAPPY spells happy, HAPPY spells happy, "Happy" is a word I know!

Thank you for helping our organization make learning to speak, read and write in English a creative, joyful experience for children in need! We are so grateful to be making progress with your involvement! We'll keep sending these happy little instruments out because you have given so generously.

In service and profound gratitude,

Jess

Normal Heights with Cody Lovaas
Normal Heights with Cody Lovaas
Volunteer Crew 1
Volunteer Crew 1
Volunteer Crew 2
Volunteer Crew 2

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