The GITC Mission
Our mission is to bring music to the heart of learning by transforming the art of teaching through the power of song. Working with traditional folk and roots musical forms, Guitars in the Classroom trains, equips and empowers teachers & staff to play guitar and ukulele, sing, write, teach and lead songs for learning with students across the academic curriculum. We work closely with music leaders and teachers in Visual and Performing Arts to extend music making into general classrooms each day to boost literacy, language and learning.
What We Do
Based in San Diego and active in 32 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 into a dynamic, musical process that fully engages students. We provide loaner guitars, ukuleles and musical supplies free of charge to participating teachers. Our classes are taught on a weekly basis after school, or on professional development in-service days as well as during week-long intensive summer workshops.
Founded in 1998, Guitars in the Classroom has now trained approximately 10,000 Song Leaders for Learning who are serving well over half a million students each week. Our train-the-trainer model makes it possible for experienced community music leaders to share their skills and knowledge with regular classroom teachers including those with no prior musical experience.
Our open tuning approach (based on Hawaiian “taro patch” tuning) makes for a pain-free beginning to playing and a smooth, gradual transition into standard tuning when teachers are already able to strum, sing and change chords fluently. Open tuning also provides a simple and satisfying way to place instruments in the hands of their students as part of playing and singing their lessons in math, science, language arts, social studies, physical education and more.
Music teachers also train with us to learn a successful method for making guitar and ukulele a natural part of their general music curriculum in accordance with Orff Schulwerk and the Common Core State Standards. Some of them become GITC faculty trainers!
Guitars in the Classroom also teaches eco-sustainability in the schools through power of songs written by artists and teachers who are devoted to living in balance with the planet. Please have a look at our Green Songbook here.
The GITC Vision
We envision a future in which there is a guitar in every classroom, a set of ukuleles or guitars 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, 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 passion for making music. Please join us in making this a reality for all children. To read the latest studies on the impact of music on learning, please tune in with our friends at The NAMM Foundation and SupportMusic right here.
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!