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!
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!
Meet Scott who has repaired the guitars
Meet Scott who has repaired the guitars

Dear Friend,

Wednesday, March 14th is a special day for people who care about education and like the work of Guitars in the Classroom, namely YOU! During GlobalGiving’s spring Bonus Day this week, your gift will go 30% farther! GlobalGiving will match every donation up to $1,000 per donor, per project. To sweeten the offer to donors and charities, GlobalGiving will also reward $1,000 to the project that gathers the biggest total donation amount, and also to the project with the most unique donors. You can make sure many more children have access to music at school when you donate to GITC  this week on WEDNESDAY. Please be with us in support of this special cause!

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/keep-music-alive-in-k8-classrooms-nationwide/

Here is a report about what your kindness so far is making possible in South Carolina.

The beginning of this month was full of surprise; when teachers on Hilton Head Island responded in droves to the offer of free music integration training, we suddenly found ourselves in need of 31 guitars! What to do?

We called Connie Christy, a trainer in our long-ago program up in Aynor, South Carolina and asked for help, knowing the beautiful Godins and Hagstrom guitars we’d loaned teachers were still in use in the schools after eight years.

We realized that most of them would need some work after 8 years, but when our dedicated faculty teamed up to retrieve those guitars and others from our program in Columbia, SC, we discovered that some had been badly mistreated by rambunctious middle schoolers when their teacher was out sick. Now we had a special problem 23 guitars needed help to one extent or another… and we had 1 week to make it happen. Classes were full and scheduled to begin on March 6.

Rolling up her sleeves and going without enough sleep, newest GITC faculty member Dr. Joan Maute rented a van, took to the road, and drove to Columbia where she was met by principal Sally Catoe, leader of the GITC program there, and Ms. Christy who had retrieved 18 instruments from the local schools in Aynor and driven them there herself, taking a day off work to make this happen quickly. Sally found 13 guitars she also could spare, and Joan hit the road back to Hilton Head that night, her van heavy with instruments in need of love.

Assessing the state of the instruments was tough. Joan and our executive director, Jessica Baron took stock together of the situation and made contingency plans. Next morning, Joan hauled the wounded warrior guitars off to John’s Music where expert repairmen John and Scott got to work rehabilitating the instruments. Some were missing parts such as bridge pins and end pins. One had lost its nut and another its saddle . Several had cracks in their tops. But thanks to the tireless and generous work of Janet and Robert Godin, a care package of needed parts went into the mail next day from the factory in Canada. By the time the part arrived, John and Scott, who had been working around the clock to clean, polish, set up, adjust, and restring this flock of guitars were ready to help the last of the instruments recover.  

Guitars in the Classroom opened its doors to the teachers and volunteers of Hilton Head Island right on time, and everyone got the instrument they needed. In fact, Joan Maute had opened her home during the previous week-end so any teacher wanting to find just the right guitar could do so in a leisurely and comfortable way! We have never in 12 years seen this kind of personal touch given to the guitar loan process and Joan’s care for her students is beyond exemplary.

GITC would really like to thank this whole team- the trainers and the guitar builders and repairmen (luthiers); their voluntary dedication is utterly priceless and the children of Hilton Head Island will be singing to learn and also singing their praises for years to come as a result! This is what we mean when we say “Together we can make a difference!” Thank you for being an important part of the magic!

Please help GITC keep these programs growing and going around the country. Every day we are grateful for the miracles your kindness about. On Wednesday, let’s do it again! Please donate here:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/keep-music-alive-in-k8-classrooms-nationwide/

 We are really excited to announce that rising country star Tamaray has chosen GITC as her education charity! This talented young woman is a wonderful guitar player and singer who is planning to perform free concerts for GITC schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina in the weeks and months ahead.  Her first stop is in Hilton Head!

Through her music, she will pass along a message of encouragement to the children living on the Gulf Coast and in affected southern states, spreading the joy and benefits of making music together wherever she goes.

Tamaray’s voice is often compared to music legends such as Reba McEntire or Dolly Parton and her music to Miranda Lambert.  To hear Tamaray’s music and for more information, please visit her website: www.reverbnation.com/tamaray and her facebook page: www.facebook.com/tamaraymusic.

Thank you for reading about the developments in South Carolina and for sharing the success and happiness this work is already bringing to students there.  You will love the feeling you get when you make a contribution this Wednesday, knowing how many kids your charity will touch!  Your help is so crucial to the work of this organization, and is very much appreciated.

Wishing you an inspirational week, thank you for joining us in continuing to create change and excellence in our nation’s schools.

With deep gratitude,

Jessica Baron,
Executive Director

Meet Joan, Connie, and Sally from GITC S Carolina
Meet Joan, Connie, and Sally from GITC S Carolina
Joan is driving the guitars to their new home
Joan is driving the guitars to their new home
John's emergency room
John's emergency room

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Laurence on stage at PS 230
Laurence on stage at PS 230

Hello Global Giving Friends,

Let's start out 2012 with some great news! This month, artist advocates Laurence Juber and John Cruz, both GRAMMY winners, are stepping into the spotlight, where....? On elementary school stages, to bring live acoustic artistry to students free of charge. With the drastic budget cuts to the arts in our schools, these performances are extremely precious gifts, and GITC is very fortunate to have the support of these great artists who are donating their time to bring the music to GITC schools.

Last week, in Brooklyn at PS 230, Laurence Juber gave two spellbinding performances to raptly attentive elementary students while he was in the city to perform at Iridium Jazz Club. He and GITC emisary Christiane Cook drove out to Brooklyn to spend the morning making music with the teachers and students at what is also known as Doris L. Cohen Elementary. GITC trainer Dan Loomis was on hand as well, in addition to James Williamson who was GITC's first passionate advocate for bringing our work to the public schools in NYC. This was a downright "tribal" event with teachers strumming along and everyone singing.

In case you are unfamiliar, Laurence Juber is not a sing-along artist. He is the premiere fingerstyle guitarist in our midst, formerly of Paul McCartney's band Wings, and his music, much to the delight of the children, is featured in a movie most have actually seen- The Muppet Movie. Please can check him out at the attached website link if you like. He helped me found GITC 12 years ago, and has been donating his time and talent ever since in so many ways from good advice to free benefit concerts and also these special school performances.

This week, Hawaiian artist John Cruz begins his California tour in San Diego and working his way up the coast. John, whose music has achieved huge fame in Hawaii and has made it to hit status on American airwaves, will be playing in elementary schools all along his route, from San Diego and Encinitas, north to Oxnard, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and Oakland. His tireless efforts to reach out to children with his passion for making music and living creatively is certain to touch many hearts and inspire lots of creative thinking.

Thank you for supporting our work and making the programs in all these elementary schools possible. The teachers are excited to play with such accomplished artists, and when their students see them onstage with the likes of Laurence and John, their admiration for their teachers absolutely soars.

Laurence, at my behest, created a packet to distribute to students before his assemblies so they could learn about him and his career before hearing him play. He did such a fine job that I have attached it FYI. We are asking every GITC artist to do the same so children can learn about their geography and journey in the arts. This is real live music integration!

Wishing you all a splendid rest of the month, and thanks for reading and caring about this cause.

Blessings,

Jess

Hawaiian artist John Cruz!
Hawaiian artist John Cruz!

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Together We Can Make a Difference
Together We Can Make a Difference

 Dear Friend,

Thank you so very much for helping Guitars in the Classroom to train teachers to lead musically enriched lessons in their regular K-8 classrooms in 2011.  Together we have helped them bring creativity, success, and hope for the future to students around the nation. As you express your love of music through your charitable contribution, you empower others to discover music's power, beauty, and healing properties as well as its capacity to help children learn and grow. All of us at GITC are immensely grateful to share your conviction and give it a place to grow.

Now as the work gathers strength & academic impact, the need for music in the schools is burgeoning as the result of budget cuts to education and the arts. Your gifts here on Global Giving are mattering more than ever before

This coming year, in addition to reaching preschoolers, and students with special needs,  also those learning English as a second language and children at risk in Title I schools, your contribution will empower GITC to provide guitars and support music programs in neighborhood YMCAs, reaching more kids after school. GITC can do this now because you have been with us all the way!

Wishing you a New Year of true peace, health, and happiness! Let's get 2012 started out right. If you wish to make an end-of year contribution, we invite you to visit our Holiday Tribute Card campaign right here on Global Giving! 

With immeasurable thanks for your empathy and partnership,

Jess

Teachers in Training
Teachers in Training
Student Teachers in Training at UC Berkeley
Student Teachers in Training at UC Berkeley

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children engage!
children engage!

Because of YOU, classes for teachers of children at risk are now beginning in communities with tremendous need this month.

Thanks to your gift to Guitars in the Classroom, thousands of students are beginning to learn through music in Victorville, California, in Oceanside, California, on Oahu, Hawaii, in Lee, Massachusetts, and in Phoenix, Arizona beginning in October. This Wednesday the 19th is GlobalGiving's bonus matching day. Whatever you give on Wednesday is going to do twice as much good. A gift of absolutely any amount will matter twice as much.

So please allow me to encourage you to take a moment right now to imagine the sheer joy that is about to flourish in the hearts of impoverished children this month when a most surprising thing happens- their teacher brings out a guitar and says, "Children, I am just learning to play so I hope you will join me in singing a song today."

Please imagine this in a classroom where not enough money in the school budget exists to buy the most basic supplies- paper and pencils. Where that teacher must teach every subject including physical education because all the specialist positions have been eliminated. Where the library is barely staffed and there is no counselor for the children save the one that administers tests all over the district and cannot stop to talk. Where there is no school nurse. Where there are 32-48 students stuffed into classrooms that once held 20 students. Now imagine that guitar and that teacher inviting everyone to sing and you will know what relief, hope, and joy you are empowering GITC to create.

In the high desert region of California, some families are barely subsisting and others are homeless, living in encampments without running water or electricity. Their children come to school exhausted without enough food in their bellies to keep focus. In Oceanside, home of Camp Pendelton, hundred of kids say good-bye to one or both of their parents for months at a time as they are deployed for service in Iraq. These children feel such stress. They are hungry in ways only children whose parents go to war know. In Hawaii, many of the students are living in real poverty. In the previous school year, the state set 17 furlough dates- no school every other Friday. No money to pay the teachers. 

This is where your dollars are being spent this fall. On kids for whom music is more than a pleasure- it is a life line to learning, to hope, to happiness, a reason to wake up and come to school. A way to simply connect. Lessons they receive through music give them a time when troubles are forgotten and the happiness can fill their souls.

Wednesday of this week is a MATCHING Bonus Giving Day at GlobalGiving. If you give to GITC then, GlobalGiving will do the same. Please help us reach many more these children with music, love, and learning. Please give now so your gift allows us to do twice the work on your behalf. We are all the same here, working toward this cause together- I am so personally grateful that you care, and I hope our work gives you a deep sense of pride.

With warm wishes that you will receive many times over the love you give to others,

Jess

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Jessica Baron
Jessica Baron

Dear Friend of Making Music,

Guitars in the Classroom would like to invite you to make music with us! For free! Online!

Just as is true for teachers and school staff who learn to play with GITC, you do not need to have any previous musical experience. Heart and soul are the magical ingredients that can help any of us progress from shower or car singer to musician. 

Around half of the teachers who train with GITC qualify themselves as shower singers and non-musicians when they get started with us, That tells you how much they want to make music- how grateful they are for GITC's assistance. It's a big deal for an adult to start with music. But with your help, GITC is making it happen- and children are the beneficiaries.

Maybe you are like about a quarter of the teachers who sign up for training. They took a few guitar lessons and stopped because it hurt, or they felt they couldn't change chords fast enough, or there were other things that came easier so they let it go. The saddest thing is those who stop singing or playing because someone has embarrassed them. Don't even get me started about this. It has a whole lot to do with why I started this work in the first place- reversing the damage of cruel comments.

Our approach is very gentle and painless at GITC and you can learn with us. We start in Hawaiian taro patch G tuning. This is super easy. The guitar sounds beautiful right away and you can begin to make music with just one finger. Think Hawaii and you'll understand. GITC provides beginners with a relaxing guitar experience. Is there any reason at all why you shouldn't also have a musically enjoyable, meaningful, successful experience, too?

You have helped us raise funds so more teachers have the special chance to discover their musicality with GITC, and they will share music with thousands of children who might otherwise miss out because you care to make this possible! Thank you so very much. So please, treat yourself to playing with us.

Guitars in the Classroom is partnering with a very ethical, well-run, positive. and stable online guitar instruction company called JamPlay. The website can be found at jamplay.com. At this site, about 50 guitar instructors including me (Jessica Baron) are teaching video guitar lessons, chatting with our students, and holding Q & A sessions. The JamPlay faculty covers a broad range of styles and levels. I feel very very blessed to be the newest instructor at the site!

Last April, I recorded 35 sequential guitar and voice lessons with JamPlay in the style of GITC so that teachers, friends, parents, volunteers, anybody can learn with us. JamPlay is currently editing these lessons and they are uploading about 2 per week... so far there are 11 of my lessons available at the site.

Would you like to see- for free? The folks at JamPlay have given us a special code so you can go to the site and take as many lessons as you wish- from me or from any of the teachers- and as many different teachers as you wish- for a week. There are no strings attached at all.

To access the free week- ANYTIME- just go to jamplay.com/gitc and sign on. 

To watch any of my lessons to see the special ways we train the teachers with Guitars in the Classroom, just search for Jessica Baron and you'll find my lesson set.

To see if there is a teacher at the site who really appeals to you, feel free to visit any of us and watch as little or as much of any of our lessons. Ask questions, make requests, have fun!

If you wind up wanting to join at the end of the week, you'll get the chance and it will cost $20 for a month of unlimited lessons and JamPlay will donate $10 of this to free teacher training programs with GITC!

If you don't, then you can just sign off, and that will be that. Simple. And you will have experienced firsthand what our little organization is up to in teacher training classes.

So please join GITC in taking a positive musical step with us - whether it's just a quick peek or the beginning of a beautiful romance with playing the guitar. Since making music is important enough to you to give the chance to children, I hope you will also give this gift to yourself as part of the Guitars in the Classroom community.

Thanks for considering joining us in this new way. www.jamplay.com/gitc.

And oh! We have a new video to watch at our homepage, too... it's short and shows you our programs in action. Wanna see? www.guitarsintheclassroom.org !

Thank you for joining me in this awesome endeavor to keep the music alive in our schools and in the lives of children.

Gratefully,

Jess

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Location: San Diego, CA - USA
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Jessica Baron
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