Guitars in the Classroom

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews


Location: 1911 Shady Acre Circle Encinitas CA 92024 USA

Mission: Our mission is to transform pre-k through high school classrooms by training teachers to integrate musical learning in lessons in order to increase student engagement, employ oral language practice, and promote student achievement across the academic curriculum. In our free workshops, teachers learn to sing with confidence, play guitar, lead songs, and to select, teach, and facilitate the student writing of educational songs. This daily integration of music with academic learning provides positive, inspiring musical access for all students as part of the regular school day.
Results: Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) is currently training classroom teachers and specialists in 22 states and 10 universities, with plans in place to expand to 29 states and start workshops internationally. In 2010, students in GITC classrooms scored significantly higher in all areas of language development, including vocabulary, reading comprehension, and language fluency compared to students in classes taught by teachers who did not know how to integrate music. These statistically significant results came after teachers trained with GITC for only 8 weeks. A stunning 94% of the teachers reported they were able to sing with their own classes, with just 6% still developing confidence in this area. GITC employs the power of music and creativity to engage, harness, and drive children’s growing intellects while supporting their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
Target demographics: 78% of the teachers we train work in Title 1 schools and have children with disabilities and special needs in their classrooms. 51% are teaching English Language Learners. They tell us how the work engages their students more deeply and passionately in learning across the curriculum. For many, it’s making the crucial difference between failure, marginal participation and success because singing gives them “oral language practice” – the chance to articulate, practice, and memorize what they are learning- out loud. The music making also promotes bonding between students, teachers, and peers. Test scores prove the benefits.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Teachers who train with GITC reach an estimated 900,000 students every year with daily exposure to music in the classroom.
Programs: http://www.guitarsintheclassroom/main/programs.php
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I manage a one-time musical grants program for the CA Arts Council, a state agency. GITC was one of 42 successful applicants who received funds to provide valuable music education for underserved and mostly bi-lingual children. Jess and Colibri were a joy to work with, and it is gratifying to know that the activities made lasting impact on teachers, students, as well as parents and the community. GITC's story has been featured on our official website as an exemplary organization, and I know that it gets much support from many instrumental makers as well as great musicians and schools. Having given up earlier aspirations in music as an immigrant, I wholeheartedly support the mission, work and staff of GITC.

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I have since their grant ended, continue to stay in touch and support their work - such as I am doing now. They have much potential to be a replicable throughout our country with much impact on art and music education.

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Passion and technically replicable; family-oriented; immigrant-friendly, creative, music business supported; bi-bilingualism; invaluable to education.

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