• Country Star Jake Owen and His Band Sign and Donate ESP LTD to GITC to Fund Programs! Auction Ends Tuesday, June 24!
  • Teachers in Beaufort, South Carolina are learning to lead music for learning this fall with GITC Trainer, Joan Maute.
    Teachers in Beaufort, South Carolina are learning to lead music for learning this fall with GITC Trainer, Joan Maute.
  • GITC's Kate MacMahon makes music with Head Start students in Mississippi.
    GITC's Kate MacMahon makes music with Head Start students in Mississippi.
  • Music teachers learn to include guitar in K-5 music classes with our open tuning.
    Music teachers learn to include guitar in K-5 music classes with our open tuning.
  • GITC Rock Stars Drew, Kate and Emilie (Victoria Justice, Selena Gomez) visit a GITC school to share about musical careers and lead music.
    GITC Rock Stars Drew, Kate and Emilie (Victoria Justice, Selena Gomez) visit a GITC school to share about musical careers and lead music.

The GITC  Mission

Our mission is to bring music to the heart of elementary learning by transforming the art of teaching. We train, equip and empower teachers & staff to play guitar and ukulele, sing, write and lead songs for learning as a key strategy across the academic curriculum. This is called “Music Integration.” In cooperation with strong, sequential music education programs, Guitars in the Classroom endeavors to make music a personal, positive and powerful part of every child’s education.

What We Do

Based in San Diego and active in California and 31 other states in the U.S. and Ontario, Canada, Guitars in the Classroom offers ongoing programs to classroom teachers, specialists and staff who want to make learning every subject into a dynamic, creative process that fully engages students in learning. We provide loaner guitars and music supplies free of charge and also award teachers who graduate from the Beginner level with a ukulele of their own! GITC classroom teachers also receive resources from our generous music products sponsors to help them affordably acquire guitars, ukuleles and supplies for their school music programs.

Founded in 1998, Guitars in the Classroom teaches educators to play guitar and ukulele, sing comfortably and write songs for learning in alignment with Common Core Content Standards and 21st Century Skills.  We have trained over 9,000 educational song leaders as of 2014 who are serving well over half a million students each week. 

The GITC Vision

We envision a future in which there is a guitar in every classroom, a set of ukuleles that students can play and share daily, and a time when singing and strumming are an integral part of learning math, science, social studies, language arts and more throughout the school day. Based on what children experience in GITC classrooms every day, we know this integration of music boosts their motivation, confidence, participation, self expression, cooperation, communication skills, and of course understanding and memorization of academic processes and facts.  It all adds up to happiness, creativity and increased success in school…as well as a instilling passion for music. Please join us in making this a reality for all children.

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We’ve Moved!

Our new address is: GITC 2770 Historic Decatur Rd., suite 203, San Diego, CA 92106

Our new office phone is: (619) 578-2326


Latest Video: From Fox 5 San Diego – 4 Strings and a Tune help students Learn Academics (6 Feb 14)


You can read the full article here on the Fox 5 San Diego website!