Children from families coping with hardship or trauma often come to school feeling tired, unprepared and worried. Their unmet needs and challenging circumstances can cause sorrow, anger, confusion, even failure. Students suffer so much when parents lose their jobs, or experience addiction, incarceration, or face abrupt relocation for military assignments. They may try to hide their feelings but they effect them day and night. Sharing music, instruments and honest songs can open a way to heal.
Children in poverty and transition respond beautifully when their teacher starts the day with a song and integrates music into lessons and tasks during the week. Making music brings these kids a sense of belonging to something bigger. It eases their tension, opens them into the present moment and gets them learning while developing core musical skills. Having a ukulele to learn to play shows them that theyre capable of a talent and that they can creatively and constructively express themselves.
This work instills life-long love of learning & success and music! It imparts a permanent life skill because once kids can play, sing and compose songs, the world of music is open to them. With GITC, children in need are reached every year because their teachers have learned to lead and have instruments to share year after year.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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