Give Preschool Children a Musical Head Start!

by Guitars in the Classroom
CJ loves making music!
CJ loves making music!

Dear Supporter,

Thank you for playing a key role in changing the lives of young children through our combined efforts! This project has been a total success, bringing a special focus to the effort to place ukuleles in preschools, early childhood and primary grade classrooms. This is the last report you will be getting about this campaign because, amazing as it is, together we've succeeded!

Please meet some of the special children whose lives your generosity has touched. Before this project, these kids would come to school everyday while their parents went off to work, some parents working not just one, but two or three part time jobs to keep groceries on the table. Their classrooms had enough funding to provide basics. But not enough to make music a reality. And we agree, I know, that music deserves to be a "basic." But sadly this is no longer the case in early childhood and primary classrooms. It has been defunded on a widespread basis.

But you are joining GITC to make a difference! With your gift of funding for a ukulele, combined with funds raised in our other campaigns on GlobalGiving that train teachers to lead music, these students have been singing to learn- and strumming along, to not just sometimes but many times each week!

In a life filled with stressors induced by the economy and an ever competitive world, when you have helped us add music to the lives of these children, you have given then hope, happiness and new abilities. Thank you SO MUCH.

We are ready to close out this campaign because- with your empowerment and encouragement- enough help is now coming to supply our programs with ukuleles from three different musical instrument companies! They are not charging us for the instruments at all. These companies include Kala Brand Music Company, Hohner U.S.A., and Dana B. Goods. And we are hoping to include two more companies to this ukulele-gifting crew by the end of 2013.

Would you like to help us raise funds to open up more free teacher training programs for young children? This is where the magic truly begins- with a teacher who learns to share and lead the music. We really do want and need your assistance in this effort.

Please join us to make an especially BIG difference on OCTOBER 23 during Bonus Matching Day on Global Giving! That morning, would you please contribute to our forthcoming campaign called Songs in their Hearts and Strings in their Hands?

We’ll put that micro-project up online next week so it will be ready for your donation on the 23rd when Global Giving will match your gift at 30% while funds last. Please help us reach our goal of $3500 and when we do, two anonymous GITC donors will increase the campaign earnings by $1500!

Do you have other ideas about ways we can work together to bring music into the lives of more children in need? If so, I hope you will get in touch by writing to me here, or calling the office at (619) 578-2326. I look forward to sharing your ideas soon.

May all the goodness you have given to others come back to you many times over…

With gratitude,


Paul a
Paul a
Our 3rd Grade Buddies Play Too!
Our 3rd Grade Buddies Play Too!


GITC in St. Catharines, Canada
GITC in St. Catharines, Canada

Dear Friends,

Thank you for helping GITC (git-see) come such a long way this summer. It's amazing how far your show of love can go when you want to help little children through music! We are seeing so much improvement, hope and joy in the schools.

This summer thanks to you, we have taken early childhood musical training to Ontario, Canada- our first official international program! We have also been able to work with early childhood educators in Boston and San Diego, bringing our new collection of songs for the early childhood classroom into preschools, kinders and Head Start programs! We expect to distribute 600 ukuleles to classrooms between now and December. Everyone in our programs is now learning to play ukuleles with their young students- in addition to guitars- and the kids have been making the most amazing discoveries as a result.They love to strum and sing together and are finding they can not only make beautiful music and share it, but they can teach it to their siblings and parents- a surprising find, indeed.

This past week, teachers in San Diego wrote 2 beautiful new songs for kindergarteners in order to help them overcome their nervousness on the first day of school. Both teacher groups worked with the melody of Ben E. King's song "Stand By Me." One group with teachers Kelly Creeden and Sarah Carvahlo wrote words about feeling scared and not knowing who your friends are on the first day of school with the chorus, "I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear just as long as someone plays with me. Some someone, someone play with me, o-oh play with me, oh Someone won't you play with me." The teachers will substitute the name of each student for the word Someone when school starts.

The second group of teachers including Wendy Aardappel, Belen Jacot and Joanie Hartman wrote these beautful lyrics:

When the day has come for the
first day of school and your
family says goodbye to you
Oh don't be afraid – ohh don’t be afraid
You'll make friends and have lots of fun, too.


So Children, Children  you'll be okay  cause our class is a team. We'll learn together and become a family

We'll read books and sing songs and play together too.
We'll eat lunch and learn about our school
We'll be kind to our friends and listen to them too
Our teacher will be proud of us*


So Children, Children  you'll be okay  cause our class is a team. We'll learn together and become a family!

Thanks for being a part of the Guitars in the Classroom family. Let's keep making this vision of musical access for all children starting in preschool a reality everywhere. Together we can make a tremendous difference for the children when we train, inspire and equip their teachers to shape their lives every day through song.

With gratitude, wishing you happiness,


St. Catharines morning class
St. Catharines morning class
Kelly and Sarah in San Diego
Kelly and Sarah in San Diego
Hsuiping, Ellie and Susan in San Diego
Hsuiping, Ellie and Susan in San Diego
Wendy, Belen and Joanie in San Diego
Wendy, Belen and Joanie in San Diego


Here at GITC, we're excited to report that through your generous donations we are indeed Giving Preschool Children a Musical Head Start!  Every day, a child's mind is being engaged through active music participation in our schools, and in our small way, we're helping Head Start programs thrive.

We’re ecstatic to report that in December Kala Musical Brand Company donated over 900 ukuleles to our programs.  Thanks to their generous donation, ukuleles are now in classrooms throughout California and in Arizona: Oakland, CA; Camarillo, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; Oceanside, CA; Encinitas, CA; San Diego, and Phoenix, AZ. 

We're not only affecting students, but their teachers as well!  Training the teachers is the key to making sure children receive the benefits of making music for years and years to come. Every week the teachers are learning more tools of how to share music in their classrooms.  Thanks to the special gift of a handful of U-Basses, some of our teacher trainers are also learning to play Kala U-Basses which enable them to harmonize with the teachers in their training programs. This encourages teachers and ultimately students to play the melody with strength and initiative.  In the last couple of months, we’ve expanded opportunities for teachers to purchase ukuleles directly from our generous, manufacturer sponsors. Schools that raise their own dollars to purchase a set of ukuleles can now do so at a fraction of the cost through KALA Brand Music Company, Lanikai Ukuleles, and Luna Guitars!

I’d like to personally thank you for your contributions and support of this campaign.  The success and sensational growth of this program is entirely due to your early commitment.  Because of your support to bring ukuleles to preschool children—and because you proved it could work—the door flew open and new possibilities arose. 

While we've come a long way on this goal, we still have more to go.  With more funding, we can ensure that the teacher training both continues and grows through the dedication of our trainer, and we can also provide more ukuleles to these classrooms.  With your help, we can extend our hand to help many more Head Start programs.

Please help us continue to expand this campaign for children in need in schools beyond the state of California.  With your continue support, we can expand our program to purchase ukuleles for children in Longmont, Colorado and Burlington, Vermont.


Thank you for your continued support of this project!

Wishing you health, harmony and happiness,

Jessica Baron

ukulele magic with GITC preschoolers
ukulele magic with GITC preschoolers

Dear Musically-Minded Contributor,

Thank you for joining Guitars in the Classroom to create hands-on musical learning opportunities for pre-school students. The current project to which you donated funds has been focused on reaching preschools in Michigan and Mississippi. We are excited now to spread the work to Mobile, Alabama!

Because you gave, so far we have been able to provide six ukuleles to a preschool in each region. The teachers are using the training they have been receiving from Guitars in the Classroom to share music with their young students, and we hope to do lots more of this work around the country between now and the end of the year!

GITC's support for integrating music with preschool education began in Chicago four years ago at El Valor, Chicago’s premiere bilingual early childhood Center of Excellence. Says Vincent Allocco, Executive Director “There are many early childhood music programs that enhance children’s development but I have never before encountered a music and dialogue program with greater potential for improving teacher creativity and effectiveness and student engagement than GITC.”

Ukuleles are the perfect size for little hands, and we thank you for helping us make these instruments available!

With sincere best wishes and thanks for your support of this project,


Hello Project Supporters,

Thank you so very much for having a heart for young children and music with your recent contribution to Guitars in the Classroom's early childhood programs. Your kindness is already shaping the daily learning of children in early childhood centers in Oxford, Michigan and Pascagoula, Mississippi because early this month, we were able to purchase three ukuleles for children to share in each of two preschool locations!

Now that their teachers have been learning to make and lead music with Guitars in the Classroom, these students can engage in thoughtfully facilitated instrumental and vocal experiences that will set them on the path to becoming life long music makers. They will be playing and singing along with their teachers, taking turns, making up new songs, and developing talent, confidence, and a positive outlook about school. 

As you may be aware, musicality and language development go hand in hand in the early years. Given a chance to strum and sing, the little ones in these centers have a greater chance of making rapid gains in both while feeling the beat and playing creative rhythms with their songs for learning. Your gift may ultimately lead some of them to become the inspirational artists of the future, but most importantly, you are empowering them right now as their minds, habits, and attitudes about school, music, and themselves are forming. A child who succeeds in "making a joyful noise" will wish to continue along that path of healthy, creative self expression. 

We still have a long way to go. If you'd like to continue helping GITC provide early musical learning in preschool programs, I hope you will keep us in mind when you are ready to make a new tax deductible gift. Thank you fso much for being the first people to get behind this special campaign! We hope to get some ukuleles into the preschool in Mililani, Hawaii so the children there can begin to learn the musical traditions of their heritages.

Sending very best wishes and much gratitude,



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Guitars in the Classroom

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Jessica Baron
Encinitas, CA United States

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