Give the Gift of Music with a Thank You Card!

by Guitars in the Classroom
Jamie and Angelica at Phoenix Learning Center
Jamie and Angelica at Phoenix Learning Center

Hi, Global Giving Friends,

Happy glorious springtime! Mother's Day is almost here, and in the spirit of motherhood, we want to tell you about a wonderful new development at GITC. More early childhood educators than ever have been asking GITC to help them make music with their three to five year old students!

Early childhood is such a magical time for musical learning, isn't it?

We hope you will find this news very encouraging because this means those little ones getting ready for school are going to begin first grade with music as a part of what they love and how they learn.

Getting a sense of pitch and rhythm before age six is such a gift as it comes at the most essential time in children's development. Musicality and language learning occur in our human brains in the same 2 places and at the same time. So if children have this musical access and learning before age six, they are going to be more able to express themselves verbally and understand language better as well as becoming predisposed to making music well.

Will you please consider helping GITC get some ukuleles into the classrooms of participating teachers so little folks can strum and sing at school? Our friends at Hohner are behind this effort and as long as we can cover the bare bones cost of the ukes and handle the shipping ($25 total for each uke and shipping), we can give pre-schoolers hands on musical experience right away.

GITC set up a special Mother's Day campaign for this project and you can find it right here:

If you like, you can let us know if you'd prefer the uke be given to a program in Michigan, Hawaii, Mississippi, California, Massachussets or Illinois where we are developing our Early Childhood Education model at the present moment. Just drop a line to me at and your ukulele gift will be on its way to your desired destination.

Thank you for considering helping GITC do more for the youngest students.

Warm wishes and special gratitude,


Dear Friends,

Thank you for your kindness to children with your gifts to GITC in the past school year . You have chosen to fund free teacher training in music integration so these kids could become more musical people and more successful students academically and socially.  The young lives you are changing are evidenced in the photos below taken in the classroom of Mrs. Patricia Bertram, third grade teacher at Sandburg Elementary School in Mira Mesa, California.

Patty is a veteran teacher who'd never learned a note of music before she came to GITC. Her specialties in teaching are Math and Science, but when music went out of her school for children in the lower grades, it troubled her enough to do something about it right away. Following the wisdom of The Power of One, she bravely signed up for a free GITC class given in San Diego Unified School District.This year, your gifts have helped make that class a reality.

Patty has continued learning to sing, play, lead, and write songs, and to share music with her students, and this year she has taken a huge step forward. We hope other GITC teachers will follow her example.

Through sheer determination and resourcefulness, Patty gathered enough guitars so every child in her classroom gets to play! Some came from yard sales. Others she got on a grant she wrote. And some came on loan from GITC. In addition, GITC has supplied the strings, straps, picks, capos, and tender loving care to help Patty lead collaborative songwriting for learning with her students and wow do they love the experience!

Patty's classroom is a cross-section of middle and working class America. Her students come from families with diverse heritages. Some parents speak very little English, others are talented English speakers and fluent writers. Some never finished 8th grade, others hold advanced degrees. Some are performing menial jobs, others are working in trades, and some are professionals. Some of Patty's students live in cramped conditions, others have their own bedrooms. Some have special challenges in the classroom and music making helps them center, focus, and produce excellent work. Some are studious and have excellent self control, and for them, making music is a release, a chance for free self expression. These students as a group embody the diverse needs of children today.

Not every school and classroom is like Sandburg Elementary. Many schools represent less diverse populations ethnically, socio-economically, academically, and more. Sometimes we have to choose what sort of program to offer because specific needs prevail and our resources are very limited. This means setting priorities.

We are inviting YOU to help us do this for the coming school year. Your voice added to this choir will help GITC become a true reflection of our community.

Please join us by sharing your values, hopes and goals for our work by taking this short survey:

To say thank you, we will send 5 special GITC guitar picks from Dunlop to anyone who takes the survey and sends their mailing address to

We will also award a tube of Guitar Hands Cleansing Lotion to the 12th, 24th, and 48th survey takers!

Thank you for considering sharing your ideas and vision with us and thanks for taking a moment to look at the wonder you are creating in America classrooms today.

Peace, blessings, and thanks for being a contributor,


Jessica Anne Baron

Founder, Executive Director

These girls are learning so much through music!
These girls are learning so much through music!
These boys are getting creating TOGETHER!
These boys are getting creating TOGETHER!
Music stirs this child
Music stirs this child's soul...
Having so much fun!
Having so much fun!
Music helps her get in touch
Music helps her get in touch


Dear Friends,

Year 2012 started 2 months ago and since this time, Guitars In The Classroom has been moving heaven and earth to improve education by introducing the culture of music in public school classrooms with guitars, singing and song-based learning. Not only have you made it possible for us to assist programs in the Gulf Coast… you supported us to send two Grammy winners, John Cruz and Laurence Juber, to perform free concerts on elementary school
stages in New York and California , helping instill in students a vision of life as an artist!

Guitars In The Classroom is delighted to announce that we are planning to launch new artist performance programs
to accompany teacher training in different cities located in the Gulf Coast this month! Up and coming artist Tamaray
will be performing in schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina, inspiring GITC teachers and their thousands of students to make music. Tamaray’s special Education First message gives children encouragement to do their best in their studies as a part of achieving their goals in life. She herself is completing a
Masters degree in education at this time, in addition to being a recording and touring country artist.

Her voice is often compared to music legends such as Reba McEntire or Dolly Parton and her music to Miranda Lambert. For more information about rising star Tamaray, please visit

Her website:

Her facebook page:

If you like her music, we hope you will not hesitate to give a like and share in order to help such a positive musical role model reach new young fans!

Right now, we are working to refurbish 18 acoustic guitars in South Carolina so they can be played in classrooms on Hilton Head Island beginning next week. If you could contribute $10 to this cause today, we’d be very grateful! You can accomplish this by making a contribution again through the tribute card campaign, or by giving to our overall project campaign. Any funds coming in this week will help get South Carolina strumming and singing to learn!


Wishing you all a beautiful month of March, thank you for reading and supporting us.

Best regards,

Jessica Baron

If you are interested in learning more about the Gulf Coast Region, please read on:

All Gulf States are located in the Southern region of the United States. In 2005, this coast suffered from several
major hurricanes. Here are some facts about the two biggest hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast:

Katrina covered 90.000 square miles, an area as large as the United Kingdom. The hurricane was not the only
disaster; it was followed by floods, destroyed 7 states, killed more than 1.800 people and made more than 80 billion $ in damages. Those figures confirm the fact that this is the worst and most expense catastrophe in the History of the United States.

For more information about Katrina:


Rita hit 4 states and covered an area as large as Germany. Due to massive evacuations, 15.000.000 motorists were
blocked on the Highways.

For more information about Rita:

One of the biggest consequences is that the hurricanes distributed over 1 million people elsewhere across the United States making those people unemployed and without money. As a result, the schools are overcrowded and suffer from cuts in their budgets. Even if the government promised to help all the victims by providing funds, a lot of victims of these natural disasters are still struggling to recover and live from day to day. Whatever you can do to ease their suffering including providing musical instruction in the public schools makes life more positive and hopeful. Thank you for your support of our efforts.



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

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