GITC Program Impact

GITC is active in 28 states in the nation
Programs have reached 9000 teachers
and more than half a million students so far since we started in 1998.
The ratio of teacher to student involved in GITC music making is a stunning 1:99.
We are excited to share GITC with companies who want to contribute to this success!

Business Impact for Contributing Companies

It’s important to be able to justify making a donation of guitars on the bottom line. We guarantee that GITC successfully creates more music makers in our schools.  For each guitar a company contributes, 12 or more guitars will be sold each year within the originating GITC classroom to children. But this is a mere beginning. When that teacher reaches 75 students a week with music, 27 of those children will ask for guitar lessons and get their wish and a single donation will result in 27 guitar sales. And once that teacher is trained, this teacher will generate the same impact with a new group of students every year. The value of the donated guitar might be $300 fair market. This amount comes off the company’s tax bill. If you do not take the phenomenal amount of good you do into account and just look at the numbers, the resulting income from 12 guitar sales related to the gift is an immediate 400% ROI– and that is just for starters. if you add related sales and step up sales of musical products when a child who takes guitar or other music lessons stays with it, the benefits to the donor company over time get exponentially bigger.  Extrapolate that trend for every child who learns to make music because of GITC programs your company supports, you can see how doing good will also help your company and others in the music products industry do well.


Musical Impact for Teachers

GITC offers ongoing training so teachers who begin their training with no musical skills can get enough experience to confidently play and lead music in time. We offer four levels of training and after that, classes meet just twice monthly.

Beginners get enough training in the first 6 weeks to lead students in singing and writing simple three chord songs.  Some are pleased with what they have learned and do not re-enroll for more training.

Those who wish to continue playing in Open G tuning in order to gain ability and confidence may enroll in a Beginner Plus Class.

When these teachers complete the Beginner Plus level, they reach the Strummer level. Those who prefer to stay in G tuning may repeat Beginner Plus. Those who are ready to progress enroll in Strummer classes.

During this year of training (Strummer I and Strummer II), we make a gentle transition into playing guitar in Standard Tuning.

GITC classes hold between 10 and 24 teachers.
Beginner classes average  18-24 teachers. Beginner Plus classes usually have 15-18 participants. Strummer I and II classes see normally 12-15 teachers.

Each teacher in a GITC program leads music, on average, for between 76 and 99 students each week . This means our work has very high impact. A group of 24 teachers reaches about 2300 students in their first six weeks of learning to strum and sing!

Musical Impact for Students

GITC training gives children free daily exposure to making music in the context of their general studies and classroom routines such as lining up and cleaning up. Anything they are doing or learning can be poured into a song.

In many schools these days, general music programs have been reduced or eliminated. Some districts have not offered music instruction for children in grades K-3 or even K-6 for several years.  In these schools, our impact is exceptional because students are thirsty for musical learning. They respond to it intensely well, making up for lost time and opportunity.

In schools where music is offered as an elective in grades four and above but is not taught to younger students,
GITC helps the younger children develop essential musical abilities such as hearing pitch, feeling and playing rhythms, singing melodies, utilizing musical dynamics, memorizing songs, appreciating a wide variety of musical styles, and so much more. Our work is based on 20 content standards for Music Education. This daily integration better prepares children to take advantage of a string or band elective when they reach upper elementary grades. For children who do not choose music as an elective, if gives them fundamental as singers, songwriters, and for many, as basic rhythm guitarists.

Most will be drawn to guitar education.
In each classroom of 25 students, 23 will express interest in learning to play guitar, and most will directly ask their families if theycan have a guitar and guitar lessons.

In a challenging economy, 9 of these students will receive guitars as gifts within a few months of asking. In better financial times, 12 students will receive guitars. And inevitably, a teacher who is learning to play guitar with GITC will be asked to participate in leading music for assemblies, special projects and after school. This is how our work impacts the lives of so many people of all ages.

Academic Impact for Students

GITC helps students:

  • Engage more enthusiastically in lessons
  • Cooperate with one another
  • Listen to each other
  • Become personally interested in subject matter through songs and songwriting
  • Develop language skills such as vocabulary, diction, fluency, expressive language and reading comprehension
  • Develop their auditory memory skills
  • Express themselves effectively and imaginatively
  • Create collaboratively in pairs, small groups, and large groups
  • Remember lesson content through memorizing lyrics
  • Memorize facts embedded in songs
  • Recall important information during tests


Professional Impact for Teachers

Teachers who participate in GITC report:

  • Increased job satisfaction- veteran teachers get a new lease on teaching
  • More inspired teaching, both planned and spontaneous
  • Increased ability to differentiate instruction for students with different needs
  • Success bringing shy students into classroom discussions and activities
  • Better classroom management through musical entrainment of routines
  • More gratifying relationships with their students based on sharing a creative pursuit for learning
  • Personal happiness and fulfillment through making music


Educational Impact for Schools

GITC helps schools:

  • Build a more musical culture throughout the school day
  • Build a musical bridge between the school and the community
  • Integrate the arts in academic classes
  • Provide all students with access to music making, including students in special education classrooms.
  • Add “oral language practice” through music to English Learner classrooms
  • Train teachers to model the courage to learn and try new things for students
  • Raise faculty and student morale through the arts
  • Boost school scores on standardized tests
  • Raise the school’s Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) scores