Facts & Figures

  • GITC was established as a program in 1998 and developed carefully for nine years under the auspices of the Santa Cruz Community Music School, then the San Francisco Foundation Community Initiatives Fund.
  • In 2007,  in order to accommodate serving teachers and students around the country, GITC earned independent 501(c)3 status. Our EIN number is 71-1013691.
  • Our headquarters are located in San Diego, California. We hold teacher training programs around the country and these programs receive guidance from regional directors located in Vermont, Louisiana and Michigan.
  • GITC makes a difference to thousands of children by training the teachers they see every day in their regular classrooms to lead music for learning as a part of academic instruction and classroom community building.
  • We offer training to anyone working with children starting as young as pre-school and going all the way up through high school. The majority of the teachers we train teach elementary school.
  • 75% of the teachers who enroll in GITC have no prior musical experience when they come to their first class. They are passionate and grateful for this opportunity to learn as adults and to provide critical musical learning for their students.
  • 58% tell us that the free program and free access to a guitar has enabled them to enroll. The way we figure it, 6 out of every 10 children we reach are singing to learn and making music at school because their teacher did not have to pay for this training.
  • Each classroom teacher we train reaches on average between 76 and 99 students per week with free music making. These numbers are consistent, year after year.
  • Our regional classes hold up to 24 teachers each, and a single group of teachers in a class reaches about 2300 students within 8 weeks.
  • To date, GITC has trained over 9,000 teachers and school staff members to play, teach and lead songs for learning in classrooms with children of all ages.
  • GITC has offered teacher training to date in 31 states. Even after programs conclude, the music lives on around the nation.
  • Once teachers achieve competence and confidence leading music, they integrate music on an ongoing basis for the duration of their careers in the classroom. This leverages the benefits of GITC exponentially every year because teachers reach another group of children every year they remain in the field. GITC gives many of them new-found passion for teaching, renewing their commitment to remain in Education.
  • GITC offers teachers instruction that is flexible to their schedules so keeps them engaged despite the many demands on their time. Interested teachers and staff members are invited to attend free weekly trainings with GITC on an ongoing basis.
  • Thanks to our sponsors, teachers receive instructional support, creative guidance and free musical supplies as long as they are involved with leading music for learning. We welcome in kind-donations of guitars and musical supplies to make this possible.
  • More than half of the teachers we train work in Title 1 schools serving children who qualify for free lunch and are considered “at risk” or “under-served.”
  • 78%  of the teachers we train teach students who are learning English as a second language.
  • 74% count among their students children with special educational and medical needs. This is a very high figure compared to the national average.
  • GITC is able to offer trainings because of donations from individuals, companies and foundations.
  • We actively raise funds for programs and projects online at globalgiving.org and at our own website through paypal.com.
  • Our operating budget is under $200,000 annually. Financials are available by request.
  • Every dollar given to GITC ultimately provides music integration for two students who are new to our program for an entire school year.
  • Unless contributors request to remain anonymous, they will receive thanks online at our website and through our social media, as well as in periodic e-newsletters.  Contributors who are involved in specific GITC-related events may also be thanked in programs and from stage.
  • All donations to GITC are 100% tax deductible, and in-kind gifts of guitars and supplies are credited at their fair market value at the time of contribution.

GITC strongly supports the idea that every man, woman and child is capable of creating greater health, balance, and harmony in our lives and for our planet. We strive to keep our carbon footprint as tiny as possible and offer meaningful musical education about eco-sustainable choices for teachers and students with our Green Songbook and CD and our Green Sings. Given the chance to learn, strum, and sing about earth’s wonders and earth-wise facts and practices, teachers and students will find the voice to lead by example and inspiration. Here are a few things we do each day to help.

  • GITC is a proud non-profit member of 1% for the Planet, an organization that supports environmental work and helps for profit businesses make a difference for the planet by contributing to that effort on the part of qualified environmental non-profits.
  • Our organization trains teachers to teach and musically integrate lessons on eco-sustainability and the environment with songs from our Green Songbook. www.greensongbook.com.
  • We freely offer local Green Sings in school and community gardens and parks.
  • GITC encourages our trainers to work close to home in their neighborhood schools.
  • We ask everyone to print on recycled paper and minimize printing to the bare minimum.
  • We work in natural light and use low emf technology as much as possible.
  • All our educational materials are distributed electronically to teachers and schools to eliminate paper use, printing, and shipping.
  • We ask teachers to print one version of each song they want to share, and to make this visible to students using a smart board or overhead technology to reduce paper and ink use.
  • We partner with local health agencies to fight childhood obesity by bringing musical learning about the subject of growing and eating healthy food into our trainings. This is based on two notions.
    • The first is that communities without access to fresh produce in a local market can overcome this obstacle by learning to grow their own fresh vegetables and fruit. We support the community garden movement and participate in it musically.
    • Second, children are more likely to taste and eat what they have grown with their own two hands so childhood gardening is vital step to engaging children in creating their own health, and developing a healthy palate. Singing about this helps build knowledge and enthusiasm and we are committed to teaching green songs in school every week.