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Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!

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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!
Laurence Juber Makes a Difference
Laurence Juber Makes a Difference

Dear Supporter,

All of us at GITC are so grateful for your support throughout the school year. Thanks to each of you for giving to this important cause. Because of you we are bringing music to kids who would otherwise not have the chance to become musical. With your help, they are learning play a real instrument, sing songs that uphold musical traditions,  sing together as part of something larger than any one person, and build what they are learning into songs they remember. This is the stuff that makes learning inspiring and fun...and long lasting.

Because you care, we were able to train 450 teachers this fall, place instruments into classrooms in 10 states, send teaching artists to make a difference in 24 high poverty primary classrooms, share adaptive music strategies with special educators and leaders from Special Olympics, improve our instructional materials, make our websites friendlier for visitors and educators, and so much more.

Today we want to share one cool thing that happened recently. We were able to bring Grammy award winning composer, arranger, recording artist and super fingerstyle guitarist, Laurence Juber to give a master class to 110 young guitar students at Correia MS and Point Loma High School in San Diego. Experiencing artistic mastery and being able to ask questions of the artist is enough to inspire students to aim higher, practice longer, and achieve more.

These guitar students listened with great enthusiasm to this former member of Paul MacCartney's band Wings. They gave their rapt attention as Laurence blew them away with his stylings and helped them draw direct connections between medieval and classical compositions and popular music over the past 40 years. He taught them about the evolution of the guitar beginning in ancient times with the oud and medieval times with psaltery, lute and cittern. He brought students forward through time and across continents, performing excerpts from his latest recording, Touchstones. You can read an interview with him about this historical musical journey here: https://www.laurencejuber.com/touchstones/ 

When GITC is able to bring a renowned artist to a school to work directly with students, we are able to nurture young people from their first experience with making music, into more advanced pursuits. LJ was there with us in the beginning and now, 18 years later, he is still raising the barre for bringing acoustic guitar into the realm of excellence in music education. We are immensely grateful for his heartfelt appreciation!  You can learn more about his music and life at http://www.laurencejuber.com/.

Overall, we are writing with great news. Winter classes will be launching in 12 states in early 2019. 300 guitars are being donated to GITC by Israeli superstar, David Broza, and we just got an amazing donation of guitar and ukulele strings from Kala Brand Music so every classroom can have instruments with fresh strings. Human kindness like yours is going to give more kids than ever the chance to discover the power of music to improve life, boost creativity and health, and impart learning in 2019. Please stay with us. Your charity is working!

On behalf of our board, faculty, staff, volunteers, teachers and most of all, the children, we wish you a truly blessed year ahead!

Let there be peace on Earth,

Jess

Mary Jennings-Mull's students' first concert!
Mary Jennings-Mull's students' first concert!

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Your Brain on Music!
Your Brain on Music!

Dear Musical Friend,

Thank you for your support for the Reaching Classrooms and the Community campaign. Thanks to your contribution and those of other like-minded individuals who understand the value of our mission, the GITC staff has been very busy packing ukuleles and music supplies to send to the teaching artists who will help bring music to school teachers and young students this fall. Gratitude also abounds for our wonderful sponsors who provide materials for the GITC programs, including KORG, KALA, All Parts and Alvarez.  We couldn’t do this without all of you - our strategic partners!

Do you know how this work is helping students?  At a recent conference sponsored by the Museum of Making Music, GITC Executive Director Jess Baron served on a panel, along with music therapist Julie Guy (Music Therapy Center of California), western regional director Letitcia Rogers (Music and Memory), and Andrew Belinsky (Yoga and Sound). The team shared how experiencing the power of music can help people of all ages increase memory, improve their over-all well-being, and gain skills, talents and knowledge.  Jess served the role of addressing the educational uses of music. She was honored to share how strumming an instrument and singing songs for learning lights up the whole brain, activates the whole body and inspires the whole child. The power of this activity during the school day also calms student anxiety, increases student focus, improves student listening and speaking skills, and brings happiness into the learning environment.

Your support of our efforts this fall is making a difference for almost 500 teachers who have signed up for free classes so far- and more are registering every day. For every teacher who learns to teach through music and the power of song, an average of 80 students gain the ability to play and sing!

Thank you very much for your generosity and care for children. With your continuing participation, we can 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

Music Focuses Students!
Music Focuses Students!

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New Brunswick County Teachers Learning to Play
New Brunswick County Teachers Learning to Play

Hello Kind Supporters,

Another productive school year at Guitars in the Classroom is coming to an end now, and we couldn't be prouder of the participating classroom teachers, their students and our very devoted teaching artists and faculty members for the ways that they have inspired and accomplished such creative learning this year! We'd like to share with you a few highlights from our programs in San Diego, Colorado and North Carolina.

San Diego

First up we want to tell y'all about Jody Mulgrew, GITC's National Teaching Artist of the Year. Jody has been working in a program called Learning Through the Arts for the past two years. San Diego Unified School District is collaborating with 20+ local arts education nonprofits, bringing arts integration programming to thousands of students in nearby schools, and Guitars in the Classroom is thrilled with the literacy work Jody has done at Euclid, Cherokee Point and Normal Heights elementary schools. This year, Jody worked with 1st and 4th grade teachers at Euclid to support the classroom teachers' important literacy goals and objectives through singing, songwriting and playing instruments. Students from more than a dozen countries have deepened their grasp of the English language, improved their writing and reading skills, and have mastered important concepts, all through the power of song and playing ukuleles.

Jody also brought empowering songs such as "What Can One Little Person Do?" and "I'm On My Way to Freedom Land" to his students. And working with many refugee children, he taught them to sing and play the traditional folk song, "500 Miles." Their SRO end of year performance brough tears and children who have fled war and persecution gave voice to their own life experiences through these age old words. "Lord I'm one, Lord I'm two, Lord I'm three, Lord I'm four, Lord I'm five hundred miles from my home and I can't go back home this-away. Not a shirt upon my back and not a penny to my name, and I can't go back home this away."  Jody has also been working closely with GITC's special education team to unearth best practices, allowing ALL students to participate in and learn through music. This Sped Lab (as we affectionately call it) has not only benefitted students at Euclid but has also been a springboard for providing music inclusion training for special olympics leaders in Phoenix, AZ and for all who will be attending our Sped Adaptive Music Conference this July. He is joining our faculty on July 20th to help us train 60 educators to make music accessible for students with every kind of disability and challenge. We are blown away by his compassion, teaching skills and musical talent. You can learn more about Jody's own music here. https://www.jodymulgrew.com/ 

North Carolina

Jeremy Mathews, a gifted music teacher and longtime GITC faculty member could barely keep up with the demand for his GITC instruction and expertise in Brunswick County and New Hanover, NC. Undaunted, Jeremy worked with the Brunswick County VAPA department to structure full classes on alternating weeks so everyone could be served. Classes were truly bursting at the seems with teachers who wanted to integrate music into their classrooms. When we asked the teachers how we could make their experience better in the future, the overwhelming response was simply, "Give us more!" Their enthusiasm for the program is inspiring, and definitely caught the attention of those at the top. Thank you to our guitar and ukulele sponsors, Godin, Kala, Oriolo, Saga and Korg for helping make sure every teacher learned to play both instruments!

Connie Enis, Director of Fine Arts & Advanced Studies for Brunswick County Schools, had this to say about Mr. Mathews:

"It has been my pleasure to work with Jeremy Mathews with the three different classes we have scheduled in Brunswick County Schools here in NC.  The teachers and other folks who have participated have thoroughly enjoyed their time in those classes.  The learning that has occurred has encouraged them to use their newfound skills with songwriting and playing instruments like the ukulele and the guitar in their various classes.  Many of those participants have reinforced the notion that professional development should be fun, creative, relevant, informative, and hands-on.  GITC addresses all those descriptors.  We are very fortunate to have had this musical exposure here.  Many thanks go to you and all involved in this powerful grant endeavor to spread the love of music to so many who would not have otherwise had this opportunity."

 Colorado

GITC is always looking for communities who value music and are facing tough economic challenges to help. This year we came across Pueblo, Colorado where the leaders in both music education and early childhood education responded to our outreach with a resounding, "Please bring it on!" GITC music education trainer Linda Emmerman from Longmont and classroom teacher trainer Joan Maute from Fort Collins teamed up to get teachers from both Pueblo city and county schools strumming and singing to teach through the power of song. We are excited to learn that their VAPA coordinator is looking at supplying her participating classrooms and schools with sets of student ukuleles so kids across the grades all over town will learn to play, sing and write songs for learning in the fall. Thanks to everyone who is helping!

Of course, Guitars in the Classroom doesn't stop making a difference when school's out. We keep right on training teachers all summer long! Your generous donations allow us to engage teachers in intensive trainings and workshops, building their capactiy to facilitate strumming, singing and songwriting for learning in 2018-2019. We have full summer intensives starting this week and right after that, our first ever free Sped Adaptive Music Conference which is already full, and then the annual 3 dayTeacher Retreat in the mountains of Julian, CA where teachers can recharge their energy and take giant steps forward musically speaking with round the clock classes, To learn more, please visit our new website and check out the blogs under News & Events.

Thank you very much for helping our charity make it possible for teachers and students to experience the joy and power of making and learning through music on a daily basis. Please mark your calendar and join us on July 18th for the Global Giving Bonus Day! Because we have a "superstar" rating, your donation will qualify for a generous 50% match between 9 a.m. and 11:59 pm EDT (or 6 a.m. and 8:59 pm PDT) while matching funds last. We hope you will want to make a great big difference through GITC in just 9 days!

With gratitude for your encouragement and support, let's keep growing together!

 Jess

Jody Mulgrew, National Teaching Artist of the Year
Jody Mulgrew, National Teaching Artist of the Year
Linda Emmerman trains music educators for GITC
Linda Emmerman trains music educators for GITC
Teachers bring joy to learning in CO!
Teachers bring joy to learning in CO!
GITC Classroom Teachers at Euclid Elementary
GITC Classroom Teachers at Euclid Elementary
Special Olympics Leaders Training with GITC in AZ
Special Olympics Leaders Training with GITC in AZ

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Teachers in Oakland, CA Bring Music to Learning!
Teachers in Oakland, CA Bring Music to Learning!

Dear Supporter,

It's only April and thanks to you, Guitars in the Classroom already has so much to celebrate in 2018! Your generosity and enthusiasm for our musical mission has made it possible for GITC to fund brand new programs in California and Kansas, as well as direct more resources toward our students with special needs and the educators who serve them.

California

GITC Trainer, Quinn Fitzpatrick completed a 6 week training for teachers in Oakland Unified School District in March, and also coached our newer programs in Elk Grove, CA (near Sacramento) and traveled way up to Weed, CA, a small town located near Mt. Shasta. Elk Grove is an economically struggling district with no formal music education programs. Our work there is getting things rolling right away for teachers and students while aiming to cultivate a ground swell of support within their district for more music education. The program in Weed is very special with 100% of the faculty members- and the principal- participating in class every week! Quinn was able to visit indivudual classrooms to coach the teachers in implementing hands-on ukulele, singing and songwriting with confidence. Thank you for your support of these northerly efforts.

Down south, Dan Decker, just concluded a beginning class for teachers brand new to GITC at Green Elementary in San Diego Unified School District. They were incredibly enthusiastic and wanted to transition from ukes to guitars right away! Thanks to a generous donation from the Godin Guitar Company, we were able to put beautiful guitars in all of these teachers' hands (see the photo). We know that these self-motivated educators will continue to infuse music into their classrooms for years to come and hope many will join us at camp this summer for three days of intensive instruction.

Kansas

Kanas is brand new territory for GITC. We have long hoped to grow our midwestern programs! When Amanda Johnson who originally taught with GITC in Los Angeles, moved to Kansas recently, she asked to take GITC along. Thanks to her strong, focused and steady efforts, she has now successfully acquainted 2 communities unfamiliar with music integration with our charity and launched new programs in both Kansas City and Olathe, KS. Amanda has done a phenomenal job of making connections in her new neighbohood and getting the word out about our free programs. Teachers are thrilled to be attending her after school and Saturday trainings. They are already using music to helps students with academic skills and concepts like phonics and patterns.

Amanda's first workshop in Olathe, Missouri last weekend was a huge success. Another workshop is scheduled for this weekend, and so many teachers have signed up that there is a waiting list! We'll be opening up a new date to make sure everyone who wants to has a chance to learn and get a free ukulele to take back to the classroom with them. A fun surprise in Olathe has been having a large number of public school librarians attend the training. Librarians at the high school level plan to use ukuleles to help their students meet a graduation requirement where they work with younger students.

Special Education

Many of you have contributed to one or more of our campaigns to create musical access for students with special needs. Thank you so much. It is soley because of your donations on GlobalGiving.org that we have been able to make wonderful headway for special learners! You can contribute to that cause right here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/special-learners-deserve-music-too/

Guitars in the Classroom is excited to announce that we will be hosting our first conference this summer in Carlsbad, CA, hosted by the NAMM Foundation. The Special Ed Adaptive Music Conference is a free 2-day opportunity for teachers working with students with special needs. Classes in adaptive drumming, strumming and singing, and using music technology will address methods and tools that make music accessible for ALL students. We are thrilled to be able to bring in presenters with expertise in BEAMZ interactive technology and REMO comfort sound technology, as well as teachers from our Sped Learning Lab together to share best practices for bringing music in to special education classrooms. If you know a special educator who might want to attend, they can learn more at our website!

Guitars in the Classroom wouldn't be celebrating any of these accomplishments without your generous donations. Thank you for investing in us and in the teachers and students we champion! Together we are making the world and our schools better places for our youngest and future generations.

With immense gratitude for your loyal support,

Jess Baron

Students, Teachers and Aides in our Sped Lab!
Students, Teachers and Aides in our Sped Lab!
GITC Adaptive Music Conference Flyer
GITC Adaptive Music Conference Flyer

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Teachers love learning to teach through music!
Teachers love learning to teach through music!

Dear Supporter,


Thank you for an outstanding 2017 filled with musical service in schools from coast to coast!

News on GITC programs is very encouraging. The past twelve months have been filled with educational advances and personal breakthroughs for the teachers and thousands of students in our free programs. I can hardly begin to tell you all the goodness you have been making possible- the list of accomplishments could easily overrun a five page letter.

To sum things up, your gifts last year helped us to reach 1500 teachers with individualized professional development. These teachers serve students in schools and districts as small and economically depressed as Brunswick County, North Carolina and Elk Grove, California, as remote as Whidbey Island, WA and Yosemite, and Weed (Yreka area) California, as large and urban as Phoenix, AZ and the whole of Los Angeles Unified School District including South Central, Compton, East L.A., all the way north to Canoga Park and south to San Pedro, and as far east as Worcester, MA and Brooklyn, NY. In Colorado, as of 2017 we are teaching in three communities- Loveland, Berthoud and Longmont.

Your charity last year brought music to 130,000 students the high desert, the mountains, the plains, the Eastern Seaboard, to the Gulf Coast, and throughout the state of California. What you’ve given is brightening the lives of children literally coast to coast with instruments, training, musical materials, teacher coaching and more! If Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger were listening today, they would hear the voices of a million GITC children singing, “This land was made for you and me!” This is the work your kindness is creating. Thank you!!

In addition to training and coaching teachers, GITC was also able to assist teachers to obtain sets of student guitars and ukes last year and we provided them will all kinds of DIY and video support to lead music successfully in their classrooms.You can find our DIY blogs and new instructional videos on the Gutars in the Classroom website. 

The most profound news around here is about GITC’s focus on special education. Kids with special needs often miss out on music for several reasons including classroom exclusion, lack of funding, and insufficient adaptations to create equity and access for special learners. So recently GITC created a lab in San Diego for successfully adapting music integration for children with moderate to severe disabilities including autism and Asperger Syndrome, cognitive delays, cerebral palsy and other motor and neurological disabilities as well as hearing and sight impairment and Down Syndrome.

By creating rubber traction mats for ukuleles, shaker egg wristbands with Velcro and special thumb picks, we’ve helped kids with obstacles participate in music. They are now playing up a storm! We have seen their depressions lift, non-verbal students have begun to sing, share and create, and distracted students are focusing and successfully learning to play songs. Profoundly traumatized special education students who are refugees from Syria, Myanmar, Sudan and other African countries are emerging from fright to smile, strum, sing and make new friends.

And just a few weeks ago, we started training chapter leaders for Special Olympics in Arizona to bring the music to their special needs Olympians! Their future is filled with hope, promise and achievement because you care.

Together, we can continue to provide the resources to train, inspire and equip 1500 more educators to teach through music, boosting their students’ academic abilities, knowledge and confidence through the power of song in 2018. Thanks for caring and staying with this cause!

With immeasurable gratitude for your encouragement and support,

Jess

Learning to Tune Takes Practice!
Learning to Tune Takes Practice!
Taking good care of guitars matters
Taking good care of guitars matters
Kids who sing together love learning!
Kids who sing together love learning!
Future rock stars?
Future rock stars?

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Location: San Diego, CA - USA
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Jessica Baron
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