The GITC Vision
We envision a future in which classroom teachers capably and creatively integrate music making across the academic curriculum to help students achieve their potential. We also support the effort to re-vitalize and strengthen sequential music education programs for every student through creating positive partnerships.
The GITC Mission
Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) brings the arts to the heart of education, empowering teachers and artists to creatively engage students across the PK-12 curriculum – with hands-on music and collaborative student songwriting for improving language and academic learning using guitar, ukulele and American roots and Latin musical traditions.
What We Do
Based in San Diego, California, Guitars in the Classroom trains, equips and empowers classroom teachers to transform learning every subject into a creative, musical process that engages students and promotes learning. We welcome participation from school specialists, counselors, staff and dedicated community volunteers, too. Our train-the-trainer model is helping people discover the joy and power of music to bring learning to life in 32 states and Canada.
Founded in 1998, participants in our free classes learn to play guitar and ukulele, sing and write songs for learning and to lead singing, songwriting and hands-on music making with students of all ages as an integral part of lessons. We have trained over 9,000 educational song leaders so far and our regionally based programs serve well over half a million students each week.
We’ve Moved! Our new address is GITC. 2770 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 14, Suite 203
San Diego, CA 92106. Our new office phone is (619) 578-2326.
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Learn about our work and the music-language connection!