October 21,2014 – San Diego, CA –
San Diego based non-profit Guitars in the Classroom is excited to bring popular musicians to participating local schools for free concerts this school year, kicking off with George Winston, Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, and 2014 Best New Artist winner, surfer, singer/songwriter and teen heartthrob, Cody Lovaas! Cody just announced that he will be volunteering to inspire children through Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) which is active in 32 states in the U.S. and Canada, offering training to classroom teachers and staff to make learning into a dynamic, musical process. GITC fully engages students in core academic lessons through singing, strumming and songwriting for learning. Cody Lovaas is eager to share his love of music and improving the world with GITC students in 2014-15.
Cody’s heart for humanity shines through his music and stage rapport. He will be treating K-5 students to what will be, for some, their first experience of professional live music at Ocean Beach Elementary on November 7, 2014. The school will be ready to play along with Cody as he sings his hit song “The Land of Azul”. That same evening Cody will be the featured artist at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA.
Cody’s OB concert is the third musical event for GITC this fall, following an intimate workshop for dedicated music students in North County schools with musical innovator of acoustic melodic piano, George Winston (Sunday, October 10) and a high-energy ukulele and vocal show/Q & A with world-touring San Diegans and ukulele virtuosos, Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel at San Diego’s Turnaround Arts school, Burbank Elementary in Logan Heights (October 20).
“When accomplished artists like these choose to make a difference for children with GITC, they inspire young hearts and minds in places where the faculty and administration are dedicated to bringing music to learning everyday. The impact is powerful and immediate as children rush to put what they’ve learned at the shows to work in their classrooms,” says GITC founder, Jessica Baron.
GITC is thrilled to welcome Cody Lovaas who is just 16 years old to this role as a youth music ambassador. A native of San Diego, the Carlsbad teen is now a household name to many young music lovers in the nation. Still in high school, he is managed by the same company (Bill Silva) as his idol, Jason Mraz, after performing for Mraz at an open mic in a coffee house in Oceanside. Writing songs of the vast ocean and contentment in the present moment, Cody exudes a maturity that seemed refreshing to Bill Silva Management, thus making him the agency’s youngest client.
With a surfboard and guitar in hand, Cody Lovaas spends time each day singing, practicing the guitar and ukulele, and writing songs. The release of his first CD included nine original songs, all of which were written solely by Lovaas. Influenced by artists such as Jason Mraz, Ben Howard and Jack Johnson, Lovaas seamlessly combines his love for music and surf into fluid blues-imbued acoustic compilations. While still so young, Lovaas is on the track to following his dreams. “To me, being successful would just mean being happy and enjoying myself.” Cody is most passionate about three things in life: music, surfing and the desire to make a difference in the world.
Cody Lovaas truly cares about making a difference in this world, utilizing what he loves best – music. “My dream is to improve the world as I travel through music. For me, it starts in our community with one note and one person.”
Sponsored by Guitars in the Classroom, Cody Lovaas will be performing and speaking to students and teachers alike, inspiring them to live to their fullest potential and do what they love.
About Guitars in the Classroom (GITC)
GITC’s Our mission is to transform education for every child by bringing music to the heart of academic learning each day. We inspire. train and equip Pk-12 teachers to play, sing, write and lead songs for every subject with their students with guitars, ukuleles and songs for learning in classrooms across the U.S. and in parts of Canada. Our teacher training programs are ongoing and we offer them to educators free of charge.
George Winston’s Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee
GITC Student Workshop at SDA Concert at Burbank Elementary