Submitted by Jess Baron, Executive Director
San Diego, CA 9/11/22
What happened when an AMAISE-ing group of home hospital teachers, special educators, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and support service providers gathered yesterday at Whittier School? Devoting their own Saturdays to a full day of voluntary training in adaptive music, they sounded amazing!!
AMAISE stands for Adaptive Music for Achievement in Inclusion and Special Education.
It is pronounced, "amaze!"
Thanks so much to all who helped put on and carry out our first in person gathering since 2020, including GITC staff members Gail Wingfield and Stiina Luedtke! The photos below are chronological and give you a snapshot of the day. We welcomed many first-time participants in GITC from San Diego, and a great representation from East County school districts as far east as Lakeside, and from the Inland North, as far as Escondido and Vista! Kudos to all of you, including you passionate, creative mod/sev teachers from our own San Diego Unified School District!
We are exceptionally grateful to the NAMM Foundation, our contract with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as Kala Brand Music, West Music, the D'Addario Foundation, the Nordson Foundation, CECO, the San Diego County Employees Charitable Organization, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture for their support of these sequential trainings so all educators and support staff may participate at no cost, and receive training and musical supplies for their classrooms! We send love to Karen and Stephen des Jardins of Encinitas, CA whose contribution gave AMAISE it's very first opportunity to train educators in 2018.
Please enjoy these moments from the first Saturday AMAISE for the 2022-23 school year!
Thank you to Molly Stewart, Gingerlily Lowe, and Reagan Duncan
for sharing the photos in our gallery!
Back in May, 2021, Guitars & Ukes in the Classroom received a mysterious gift from our amazing board member and Education Committee Chair, Dr. Joan Maute. A large square, lightweight package containing 500 beautiful, high quality kazoos made by the Kazoobie Kazoo Company in Beaufort, SC, was about to brighten all of our lives! Joan had sourced these American made, high quality, dishwasher safe kazoos, and we just had to figure out how to integrate them into our work.
Guitars & Ukes in the Classroom is grateful to the kind folks at Kazoobie Kazoos, and to Dr. Joan Maute, for giving everyone the world's funniest and easiest way to make music.