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.
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.
"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.
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.