Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!

by Guitars in the Classroom
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Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Music in the classroom creates connection!
Music in the classroom creates connection!

Dear Friends,

 The new school year brings a sense of anticipation and excitement. As students return to campuses, principals and teachers are focusing on reconnection and healing as they seek effective ways to help them overcome the academic and social emotional disruptions caused by the pandemic.This is particularly important in pre-K - 8 classes where friendships fuel social learning and give students a chance to learn and grow together. Unfortunately the pandemic is rolling forward with iterations we cannot yet prevent, and this is already resulting in many school closures, quarantines, and a prolonged state of uncertainty and adaptation. In the midst of this teeter-totter effect, music continues to serve as a source of comfort, upliftment, and connection.  

Thanks to your support, teachers who train with GITC have been able to bring courage, strength and resilience through our programs to students while schools were closed, and they are now welcoming them back into the classroom with music, keeping music alive for students as changes occur. Whether the students are attending in person or online, starting the day with music is exceptionally motivating for them and is resulting in better attendance and an improved readiness to learn. The magic combination to make music possible is free after school teacher training in our online professional development courses, and teaching artist residencies guided by GITC teaching artists in collaboration with the classroom teachers during the school day. Thank you for helping GITC make this possible!  

 Your donations are helping us increase our capacity to serve students in need right now. We were recently asked to begin training a group of highly specialized educators who are serving students in a wide variety of stressful situations, from being removed from their homes due to alleged neglect or abuse, to those who are being treated around the clock in hospitals for serious, chronic or terminal illnesses.  Our work in classrooms, both in person and virtual, is keeping kids showing up for school everyday. 

This fall, GITC is grateful to be able to continue to provide crucial support for everyone. And you can help in a way that gets matched!

On September 13, GlobalGiving’s Little x Little Bonus Matching Day will be matching small gifts up to $50 at 50%! Donating to this campaign or to our newest one, Provide Life-Changing Music for Fragile Students can immediately bring positive experiences through music to students in GITC classrooms from coast to coast.

We thank you for empowering us to pour our collective determination, inspiration, musical instruction and instruments into the lives of students, giving them hope, joy, and a chance to improve their quality of life and learning everyday. 

With heartfelt appreciation,

 Gail 

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Summer Strummers - Clubs will be starting soon!
Summer Strummers - Clubs will be starting soon!

Dear Supporter of Musical Learning,

We hope you are doing well these days, staying healthy, getting vaccinated and beginning to enjoy some greater freedom. I am excited to share with you that this summer, Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom (GUITC) is embarking on fulfilling a need and a dream- to create extra-curricular music clubs! This is taking place thanks to a grant from the San Diego Foundation supporting San Diego Unified students to be given free, coveted spots - reserved specifically for students most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis - to learn to make music with us in a joyful summer enrichment experience. 

In Summer Strummers Clubs, students will be welcomed into safe, playful, inclusive musical learning experiences twice-weekly, developing their self expression, creativity and collaboration skills in a restorative environment.They’ll learn to sing and play traditional and multicultural songs and rounds with movement, percussion and ukulele together, improvise instrumental soundtracks for stories, compose and perform original songs in teams, and hold a final Celebrations of Learning the share their musical creativity with family members and friends. Summer enrichment will last for four weeks and each of our club meetings will last for 2 hours, so students will get 8 learning-filled hours of realxing group music making with literacy and math skills tucked into curriculum as natural elements of playing instruments and songwriting, respectively.

It might surprise you to know that each of you are the reason our nonprofit was selected to provide summer enrichment - even though we have never done so before. Truly, because you have supported our work in Title I schools, our work has been allowed to develop into a robust, kind and engaging approach to teaching and learning music that includes every kind of learner. Your care has helped our organization become strong, stable, and ready to take on new opportunities to serve!

This summer, our teaching artists and music interns will develop the music club programs in action. Then we will put them in place after school around participating school districts in the Fall. The clubs will create more musical equity! Currently, unless each student's teacher has voluntarily trained with us and has chosen to become a songleader for learning, students in non-participating classrooms are left on the outside, looking and listening in while students in GUITC classrooms are playing ukes, guitars, singing, songwriting, and performing together. No fair!

We determined to close the music gap by making clubs easy to start, guide and sustain for teachers who want to make a difference. Thank you so very much for seeing us forward to taking this momentous step!

In closing, I wonder if you noticed that we have formally expanded our name from Guitars in the Classroom to Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom! With thousands of ukuleles being played by students in GITC classrooms from coast to coast, and about 1500 teachers every year learning to play ukulele in our free professional development courses, ukuleles have earned a cherished spot in our name and its acronym. So GITC (pronounced git-sy) is now  spelled GUITC but it is still pronounced "git-sy" thanks to the charming coincidence that "GUIT" in the word "guitar" so is still pronounced as "git"!

I hope this latest development inspires you to contribute once again to this project. We are finally approaching our fundraising goal!

With appreciation for your kindness and confidence in our efforts to make a musical difference together,

Jess

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Shifting A Child’s Life Trajectory with Music

 

Dear Friends,

Every student in a GITC program has the opportunity to experience a shift their life trajectory by opening up to the power of music and the process of musical learning. 

Because of you, we are continuing to infuse learning with music in pre K - 8 classes as students and teachers return to online classrooms in the New Year. Your donations are helping us grow our capacity to serve more students in need and train teachers from all around the U.S. online. Since March 2020, with your support we have been able to provide 51 online GITC professional development courses, reaching over 390 educators and their students in response to their desire to learn to play simple guitar and ukulele, sing, and lead students in song, inspiring everyone. Your support is allowing us to continue the positive impact we are making for teachers and students. Thank you for helping to make this possible!  

With your help GITC is continuing to provide crucial support for teachers to overcome the many hurdles of distance learning through music. Teachers tell us music is the only thing that brings their kids into the virtual classroom with a smile. First grade teacher Ms. Duncan shared how she always starts the day with music in her classroom. “If they miss it, they’re disappointed! As a result, I have excellent attendance,” she laughs. “Both attendance and participation are higher because the music helps keep kids engaged. We pick our ukes up throughout our lessons each day to practice grammar, syntax, basic structure and punctuation. It translates so well into language arts and brings new vocabulary into their world through song. I never feel like I’m wasting my time as a teacher when I add music to my lessons.” All this is possible thanks to you.

Teacher trainings and classroom teaching artist residencies are already beginning for 2021. We have lost key grant support for this part of our services as a result of the pandemic, so every donation we receive helps to restore this aspect of GITC to Title I schools. When you donate, together, we can provide this opportunity for hundreds of deserving students to experience music, healing, connection, accelerated learning and unstoppable creativity. With your help we will continue to pour energy, inspiration, instruction and instruments into the lives of students, giving them a chance to change their life trajectory. 

We deeply appreciate your generosity and care for children. With your ongoing participation, we will continue to make a huge impact in 2021, together. We look forward to creating more opportunities for you to be able to improve children's ability to learn enthusiastically and to make music at school. We thank you for your blessings and gifts to do this work. 

We encourage you to visit our website at www.guitarsintheclassroom.org and click on the blog page to read more about Ms. Duncan and other dedicated classroom teachers who are making a difference with music in their online classes. 

 

With heartfelt appreciation,

 

Gail Wingfield

Programs Manager

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Dear Friends,

Every child in a GITC program whose life opens up to music gets a key to creating their own happiness, even and especially in times of great uncertainty and stress. As teachers, students and families struggle to cope with the technological aspects of virtual learning, music has a way of making that effort more worthwhile. 

Thanks to you, we are continuing to infuse learning with music in preK - 8 classes as they resume this fall.  Your donations are helping us grow our capacity to serve more students in need and train teachers from all around the U.S. online as the pandemic continues. Because of your support we have launched new GITC professional development classes online in an effort to meet the growing demand from teachers who want to learn to play simple guitar and ukulele, sing, and lead students in song, inspiring everyone. In fact, enrollment in our courses has doubled since school closures were mandated last March! Your support is allowing us to continue the positive impact we are making for teachers and students.Thank you for helping to make this possible!  

The impact on teachers from the work you are supporting cannot be overstated. We are immensely grateful to you! T-K/kindergarten teacher, Patti Steele said, “Online learning is so hard at this age, but music is a way to reach them all and level the playing field. Some of the parents didn’t speak English, some had to go to work, but this was some common ground. I think the ukulele is what saved me, and the kids, too. It was a common denominator and it was the highlight of my Zoom classes.”  

Your support of our work has empowered teachers to build more creative online learning environments and classroom communities filled with authenticity, trust, care and interdependence. These important qualities are helping teachers carry their students through COVID-19. We encourage you to visit our website at www.guitarsintheclassroom.org and click on the blog page to read more about Patti Steele and other dedicated classroom teachers who are making a difference with music in their online classes. We thank you for your blessings and gifts to do this work. 

We deeply appreciate your generosity and care for children. With your ongoing participation, we will continue to make a huge impact this school year, together. We look forward to creating more opportunities for you to be able to improve children's ability to learn enthusiastically and to make music at school.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Gail

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Dear Friends,

Making music for ourselves is a form of self expression, and a way to connect with others, and every child deserves the chance to participate. Every child in a GITC program whose life opens up to music gets a key to creating their own happiness.

Your donations have helped us grow our capacity to serve more students in need and train teachers from all around the U.S. online during the pandemic!  Because of your support we have been able to get ukuleles into small hands by providing safe porch instrument provisions for kids in our highly engaged classrooms. We call these Safe Porch Pick-Ups. Thank you for helping to make this possible! This is allowing us to continue the positive impact we are making for teachers and students through our new online programs. It was even covered by our friends at CBS 8 - San Diego News Morning Extra, who recently featured Ms. Gingerlily and, representing their classmates, two of her 2nd grade students who wrote new verses to Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy".  They talked about healing and staying positive by playing music while sheltering at home.

Also, the impact on teachers from the work you are supporting cannot be overstated. We are immensely grateful to you. Teachers have openly shared that this work has helped them to overcome the initial fears many felt as first time adult music makers. Through their participation they feel they have developed greater grit and are now experiencing success, and this is having a profound effect on their students! Your support of our work has empowered them to build more creative online learning environments and classroom communities filled with authenticity, trust, care and interdependence. These important qualities are helping teachers carry their students through COVID-19. We thank you for your blessings and gifts to do this work. 

Your ongoing support is so important to help us continue to make an impact. Please consider contributing to our Keep Music Alive Online GlobalGiving Project.  Thank you! https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/keep-music-alive-online/

 We deeply appreciate your generosity and care for children. With your ongoing participation, we will continue to make a huge impact this school year, together. We look forward to creating more opportunities for you to be able to improve children's ability to learn enthusiastically and to make music at school.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Jess

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Location: San Diego, CA - USA
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Gail Wingfield
San Diego, CA United States
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