Help At-Risk Children Learn to Read through Music!

A microproject by Guitars in the Classroom
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Help At-Risk Children Learn to Read through Music!
Help At-Risk Children Learn to Read through Music!
Help At-Risk Children Learn to Read through Music!
Help At-Risk Children Learn to Read through Music!
Help At-Risk Children Learn to Read through Music!
Help At-Risk Children Learn to Read through Music!
Help At-Risk Children Learn to Read through Music!


Over 50% of students in our low Income schools are living below the poverty line. In some schools there is 100% need. Your gift of music will help them overcome & learn to read with the power of hands-on music. Please empower us to provide training & starter sets of ukuleles in these U.S. classrooms. Children who are failing to read will learn letter/sound combinations, phonics, new vocabulary words & expressive language by creating lyrics for learning, then strumming and singing their songs!

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Many children in the schools where we serve are having trouble learning. Most cannot read at grade level- and reading is the gateway to all other learning. Living in high-poverty homes with deep problems, they experience unrelenting physical and mental stress and a lack of conversation. And when English isn't spoken at home, students are set back further through no fault of their own. Their teachers need our help. To overcome the reading hurdle, please give them all the power inherent in music.


This project will engage kids "on all cylinders" through the introduction of the "Three Ss," singing, songwriting & strumming. Each GITC classroom needs a set of 6 ukuleles to share so students can have the PHYSICAL experience of playing together to accompany their songwriting & singing for learning English and more. This combination engages their bodies & brains while lifting their spirits; the songs instill new vocabulary, spelling, grammar, syntax, fluency & build comprehension & creativity.

Long-Term Impact

This work inspires a life-long love of learning and the ability to succeed in school . It imparts a solution for reaching thousands of children because teachers keep playing for all their years in the classroom. All students are reached. In these days of dwindling music programs, classroom music leadership is crucial. The ukulees & songs make classrooms happier places, enable kids to make progress each year, schools become more creative and teachers discover a new artistic passion for teaching.

Additional Documentation

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


Organization Information

Guitars in the Classroom

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @GITCmusic
Project Leader:
Jessica Baron
San Diego , CA United States

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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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