Give Special Needs Students a Musical Start!

A microproject by Guitars in the Classroom Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


Make a life-changing difference for special needs students who need a chance to participate in music. Whether they're excluded in isolated classrooms or disabilities limit their chance to participate in a mainstreamed setting, these students deserve to experience the benefits that come from making music. GITC's approach is adaptive and accessible for anyone facing physical, cognitive, psychological or developmental challenges. Each gift will help us provide specialized training and instruments.

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Funds raised with this project will support integrated music instruction, in-class coaching and instruments- in 8 special ed classrooms in CA and NY to begin. Students whose conditions interfere with the ability to hold, play or share an instrument will be given caring, insightful guidance to support learning through singing, strumming and creating their own songs. From students with extreme behaviors and developmental delays to those in wheelchairs, everyone will learn to play, together!


Learning to lead music with mildly to severely disabled students takes time and special knowledge. Our faculty will train, coach and provide instruments that won't break, that produce musical sounds when touched simply including Waterman ukuleles, Beamz and percussion. Through collaboration, they'll create classroom strumming, drumming and singing teams using adaptive holding and playing techniques with songs that give all students a place on the musical team and the chance for self expression!

Long-Term Impact

This work instills life-long love of learning & success and music! It imparts a permanent solution because teachers train and keep playing for years at school. All children are reached, including those in Title 1 and public school classrooms- GITC creates precious musical opportunities for everyone. This approach makes classrooms happier places, enables students to bring up their grades and test scores, schools get stronger, and teachers acquire an inspiring new way to do their best!

Additional Documentation

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


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Organization Information

Guitars in the Classroom

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Jessica Baron
San Diego, CA United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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