Learn more through GITC videos
Thank you for visiting this video page. It’s true that seeing is believing… and we hope that what you see in these videos will demonstrate the potential of this work to bring music to life as an integral part of learning for children. When teachers lead the way with music, children enthusiastically respond.
So enjoy a peek into the life of GITC with these candid videos from GITC trainings, classrooms, culminating concerts, and live community events. Whether you see a teacher learning to strum and sing, lead a class, or show the community what she has accomplished, you will be witnessing the power of music to encourage learning, personal growth, community and creativity.
Clay County, West Virginia Embraces Music Integration in the Schools!
Clay County, West Virginia is located in the heart of Appalachian coal country. Due to economic shifts and the downturn in recent years, the community’s resources have diminished and opportunities for children are few. This year the schools lost their music programs entirely except at Clay Elementary where music educator Tracy Wayne teaches. This summer she reached out to GITC to ask for help, and we got busy planning ways she could lead the community back to its vital Bluegrass-playing roots. The video below shows the amazing progress Tracy and the classroom teachers, elders and students have made, just since school started this year! Guitars in the Classroom is so grateful to the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Martin Guitars, Godin Guitars, D’Addario & Company, Onboard Research, Dunlop Manufacturing, and Levy’s Leathers for helping us get the resources to Clay to get music making for learning happening in every corner of the schools there. Congratulations and thanks to Tracy Wayne for leading the charge!
Other GITC videos
Guitars in the Classroom Brings Music to Learning
This video shows how GITC works in the schools- from the first stage of teacher training right through to the end result when teachers can lead music and students learn from them and perform for their classmates and community. Thank you to all the teachers whose amazing efforts have led to the musical enrichment of learning for thousands of children with GITC. You are the change we want to see in the world!
GITC Students and Teachers Strum and Sing for the Planet
Here is a delightful performance by children and teachers from Sandburg Elementary School in Mira Mesa, California! The students learned John Cruz‘s song “Island Style” when he visited the school on tour from Hawaii, then morphed the song into this anthem for the planet which they performed as guests of environmental non-profit One Percent for the Planet at the Sustainable Brands ’12 conference at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego this past June. Accompanying the children are teachers Mrs. Patty Bertram and Mrs. Donna Mills along with GITC’s founder and director, Jessica Baron. Artist Chris Velan invited the children to open his show, and you can hear his beautiful guitar embellishing the children’s voices while he sings with them.