We’re excited to announce the first GITC conference just for special educators, resource teachers, sped support staff and teachers wanting to differentiate musical instruction for their students with special needs! The conference takes place in Carlsbad, CA from July 20-22nd and is free of charge to teachers and sped staff. Enrollment is very limited. Please register while there are still spaces available HERE.
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Our Mission: Guitars in the Classroom supports highly-engaged student learning in public schools by training teachers and education staff to lead and integrate hands-on music across the academic curriculum with folk instruments, group singing and educational songwriting in elementary classrooms. We are dedicated to providing responsive services which include ongoing professional development courses and workshops, teaching artist residencies and access to a wide variety of musical resources.
Our Services: GITC offers public school teachers and their students free, ongoing training in music making through musically-integrated academic instruction. We give after school professional development classes for teachers, in-class music coaching, specialized artist residencies for literacy through music, and we supply educational materials, access to instruments and musical accessories. GITC nurtures and promotes the joy of learning through the power of strumming, singing and songwriting across the academic and arts curriculum.
Music Integration in Collaboration with Music Education: GITC believes that every student deserves a well rounded education including weekly instruction in music taught by highly trained and credentialed music teachers. We stand side by side with districts working to strengthen their music education programs, particularly at the elementary level when students are at their most formative stages. We work hand in hand with credentialed music educators and we offer professional development for them as well as for general classroom teachers. Our work bringing music deeper into learning is most effective in schools where music education is alive and well.
What is Music Integration?: GITC empowers all teachers, including those with no prior musical training, to bring lessons in every subject area to life through hands-on music and student songwriting on lesson topics with ukuleles and guitars. Our approach promotes literacy, language, and academic excellence every day. The inclusion of music increases student engagement in and enthusiasm for learning as it promotes creativity, deepens critical thinking and fosters peer-to peer collaboration and communication skills. Reaching all kinds of learners, GITC gives both teachers and students the chance to discover and celebrate their musical potential.As an arts provider in San Diego’s Title I for the Arts program, and Los Angeles Unified School District’s early literacy training, GITC fully aligns Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts with Music Education standards. Our activities create a true integration of music and academincs. Working closely with school district Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) departments, we welcome credentialed elementary music educators to train with us to become GITC faculty instructors and partners in school-wide musical learning. We also welcome classroom teachers experienced in integrating music with multi-subject learning to step into leadership roles.
Artists: In addition to improving student engagement and academic performance, our work helps teachers build positive classroom communities, instilling in students a sense of belonging and agency in their own learning. Local and visiting musicians and musical teaching artists such as Laurence Juber, Vicki Genfan, George Winston, and Muriel Anderson also play a vital role in GITC. Meet our newest additions to the GITC Artist Advocacy Team right here! We do whatever it takes to provide classrooms with what they need to learn through the power of song because when students feel, move, sing, strum and write songs together, learning becomes a joy!
VAPA: Through partnerships with district Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA) departments, Guitars in the Classroom is also working toward making guitar and ukulele a positive part of general music education. We believe that only music integration and music education together can supply students with a strong musical foundation for learning music, learning through music, and developing into musicians for life.
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History: Founded in 1998, Guitars in the Classroom has now trained approximately 11,000 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.
Open Tuning- An Onramp to Playing! 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 principles and practices from the Kodály method and Orff Schulwerk and the Common Core State Standards. Music teachers trained in a child-centered approach who possess skill with guitar and ukulele are encouraged to 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.
Our Vision: We at GITC envision a future in which all interested teachers feel confident singing, playing a folk instrument, and teaching through the power of song. We work for a time in which there is a guitar in every classroom, a set of ukuleles or guitars that students can play and share daily, and a culture in which music fulfills a natural role in daily life, and singing and strumming play an integral part in 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.
Help us Advocate for Music! Stay informed of the latest tools for music education advocacy, the most recent research on music’s impact on learning and keep your finger on the pulse of musical learning in its many forms, please visit our sponsors and friends at The NAMM Foundation right here.
We’ve MOVED! Our new office is located at 1761 Hotel Circle South, Suite 210,San Diego, CA 92108
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Our new address is: GITC 1761 Hotel Circle S, San Diego, CA 92108
Our office phone remains: (619) 578-2326
All gifts to Guitars in the Classroom are tax deductible. Our non-profit designation number is 71-1013691.