This project will musically engage over 220 educators and 7,000 at-risk students, ages 4-9 from Title 1 schools in better learning in online classrooms with their teachers and our teaching artists . We'll supply instruction, coaching, instruments, videos, and easy songs for emotional & physical health, literacy & academic learning. Teachers will receive weekly trainings to play & lead songs for learning to increase students' focus, sustained attention, participation, sense of belonging and joy!
On March 13, the spread of Coronavirus forced the closure of schools in order to save lives and flatten the viral curve. Many districts moved classes online but for young students, online learning proved too complex to navigate, even with help. Kids told parents they felt confused, lost and "invisible." They missed their friends and teachers. Attendance dropped by up to 40%. Without a shared creative way to connect and create, lots of students gave up and tuned out. Academic progress was lost.
Many teachers who'd already been training in our free programs before COVID-19 started leading songs online with their kiddos in April after seeing that "nothing was working" to engage their students. Singing songs became an instant cure. They wove songs for expressing feelings, ideas and academic lesson content into their online time and students did better. This project will make these resources and gains possible for 220 classrooms this fall. Music will make the difference in CA and beyond.
With GITC, a year of training lasts a lifetime. Our approach instills an enduring love of teaching and learning through music for young students at no cost to their budget-strapped schools or families. Teachers who continue integrating music for learning will go on to make a difference for thousands more over time. The potential long term impact means 7000 students will experience the power of musical learning this fall, and thousands more will benefit as the teachers who train go forward.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).