Train Teachers

Would YOU like to become a GITC Music Integration Teacher Trainer?

What GITC Teacher Trainers Do:

GITC Teacher Trainers teach classroom teachers, specialists and other educationally involved adults – most of whom consider themselves to be non-musicians and shower singers- to acquire real LIFELONG musicality. This process requires patience, compassion, creativity, and TIME.

GITC Teacher Trainers help future classroom music leaders become the musical people they want to be. They are all about the individuals in their classes. They view the teaching relationship as a mutually educational experience, learning much from the people in their classes and from the experience of helping adults without musical experience develop self confidence and leadership skills.

GITC Teacher Trainers are not “performers” even if they have a background as performers. They are in a GITC classroom to serve others and get others to make music rather than showing how it’s done. The work requires selflessness and creativity in service of the teachers who are learning. Artists who are wonderful teachers can accomplish this if they are happy filling the teacher spotlight as a true facilitator, listener and empowering presence.

GITC Teacher Trainers LISTEN to the teachers they are training very closely, supporting them to explore their thoughts and feelings about becoming music makers and musical leaders.

GITC Teacher Trainers elicit ideas for songs and lessons based on what the participants in their class need and request. They build the curriculum to fit the people in the room.

GITC Teacher Trainers teach everything from basic beat keeping and hearing pitch to singing relatively in tune with supportive singing and breathing techniques. They train teachers to lead songs using tried and true techniques such as Call and Response singing, unison singing, and in parts of all kinds.

GITC Teacher Trainers teach acoustic guitar very simply at a peaceful pace that imparts confidence and mastery. We work in Open G tuning for the first two levels of the training classes.

GITC Teacher Trainers teach lyric writing to familiar melodies in order to deepen academic learning through songs. In this role, they model for classroom teachers how to facilitate collaborative student songwriting in groups of all sizes.

GITC Teacher Trainers understand lesson planning and the use of subject related content standards. They make musical learning relevant and effective for classroom teachers who must integrate songs to teach language arts, math, science, social studies, and more.

GITC Teacher Trainers are easy going, adaptable, non-perfectionist people who want to work with the same folks for a long time. Our approach is the opposite of a week-end crash course or one shot wonder. We look for trainers who have the desire to form long term, nurturing relationships with their students and who enjoy playing a meaningful role in the gradual growth of other people.

What GITC Teacher Trainers don’t do

GITC Teacher Trainers do not teach traditional guitar lessons meant to create the next Eddie Van Halen or Slash.  Why not? Because classroom teachers don’t need that. They do need and want to learn just about everything else- at a relaxed pace- and when they get what they need to learn, they SHINE.

Would YOU Make a Great GITC Teacher Trainer? You will if you:
  • Are a comfortable, in-tune singer.
  • Enjoy making music with other people and empowering them to sing!
  • Have experience helping others learn to sing and leading songs.
  • Are an “other” centered, service minded person.
  • Are an empathic, warm, and accepting person by nature.
  • Have a kind sense of humor.
  • Enjoy teaching very basic acoustic guitar to absolute beginners.
  • Are open to working with the guitar in Open G “Taro Patch” tuning at first.
  • Are skilled and have a positive, supportive attitude leading large group music.
  • Understand the experience of the Pre-K-8th grade classroom teacher.
  • Have firsthand experience teaching children in groups.
  • Are able to structure and adjust your teaching to meet the emerging needs of the teachers in your classes.
  • Have knowledge and practical experience organizing and doing outreach for programs in the community.
  • Are able to manage class lists and inventory lists in Excel
  • Are an effective long distance correspondent via email with your regional program director and the national office as you will be part of a large national team. You will receive support and supervision this way.
  • Enjoy the freedom of working independently at the local level while having the connection to a strong organization

If this sounds like you, then you’ve probably got the basics to get started!

Training takes place through personal correspondence and ongoing dialogue with the founder and GITC’s Executive Director, Jessica Baron and with a regional director who advises and supports teachers in your state. You will be provided with GITC books, CD’s and videos at no charge. You can train in the guitar method at jamplay.com and GITC will provide you with a code for this.

Your training experience will be very much “in the trenches” where you will learn to integrate the GITC approach and philosophy along with our program materials with your own teaching strengths and musical preferences.

Want to apply?

Thank you very much for considering becoming part of this program. If you’d like to be interviewed, please write to Jessica Baron at jess@guitarsintheclassroom.org or call the office between 9 am and 5 pm pacific at 760-452-6123. We look forward to hearing from you!