We Sing with Love
Dear Friend of GITC,
This is just a little note of thanks because your donation last month has given our staff rays of hope for the coming fall. Every year at this time we begin to assign dollars raised to programs that will train teachers in music from October through mid-December, from California and Hawaii to New York and Maine. Your gift has given us a start on that process. There is still, very honestly, a long way to go for GITC, and as someone who cares about the future of the work, I would like to take this special opportunity to explain our math to you so you really understand how your gifts help make it all possible.
GITC's friend Jack Johnson sings that 3 is the magic number. And so it is. We offer three courses in a GITC location each year when we can raise the funds. That is because teachers have time to work with us for up to three periods of six to eight weeks between fall and the end of spring. We don't hold trainings during conferences, open house weeks, testing, or school breaks because teachers do best learning something as positive and voluntary as music when they are under less pressure. So we eliminate the stress for them. So, at most, we offer GITC for 24 weeks during the school year.
So besides 3, our other magic number is 24. We welcome up to 24 teachers in a single class, and because the teachers' schedules are tough, we have an average revolving group of about 10-15 who can make it each time. We keep everyone engaged by doing lots of curriculum development, new song learning, and songwriting on academic and personal goal setting topics. Songs for memorizing big words, parts of the body, seasons, math facts, and all that. Songs for appreciating the planet, the seasons, good friends. Songs for sharing, cleaning up, using our words, taking turns. All of it. And we move slowly through new guitar lessons so that all the teachers can keep up- even when their moms need rides to the doctor after school and their kids have orthodontia appointments, or they have yet another faculty meeting or Student Study Team meeting.
GITC is there for them and they come back, happily, unafraid to have lost their place. We work gently and without a trace of guilt because we are thrilled they care enough to train with us in their precious free hours. We know learning to make and lead music takes time for anyone and we are willing to work to provide teachers with that time. They appreciate this and the payoff for all of us is so beautiful. The teachers find their voices, they work at their skills, they blossom inside the music, create new songs that bring home what the kids are learning. They create a jubilant atmosphere in which to connect, learn, practice, create, and celebrate. This is life renewing. Many teachers who have been in the classroom for twenty-plus years feel a new passion for teaching when music becomes a joy and an effective teaching tool. Having that free guitar to play and share with students is something between a teddy bear and a magic wand on tough days. Kids respond. The guitar responds back. Teachers know they can nurture on many levels at once with this musical gift.
So thanks for helping us get a start on next fall. If you are motivated to do more, Global Giving is helping you help us even more between now and Friday by offering a bonus if ten of you sign up as recurring donors. It's a cool program. You can give $10 a month for the year, funds we can use as we need them throughout the year, and then, instead of writing one larger check in December when the entire world is asking you for an end of year donation, you can smile and say, "I already gave." Hundreds of children will already by learning through music because of you.
If you would like to sign on as a recurring donor today, it's very easy. The button/link is right on our project page.
Thank you for being with us. Together we really are making a lasting difference in the lives of so many.