Guitars in the Classroom inspires, trains and equips teachers to integrate daily music-making and “song-based learning” in general and special classrooms for students of all ages. The work promotes academic engagement and achievement by actively motivating students through singing songs, playing guitar, and participating a range of musical activities that include vocal training, songwriting and expressive movement. Classes are ongoing and free to classroom teachers.
Educators who train with GITC typically provide free daily music making for as many as 1600 students in a region.
GITC offers free, weekly after school music leadership classes for teachers, teacher aides, school specialists, classroom volunteers and classified staff. Everyone is welcome. No one is turned away. They believe that any adult who has a positive experience of making music can become “that special person” who helps a child discover their voice. They are determined to make sure every teacher who wants to learn to incorporate music as a teaching strategy gets that chance. GITC classes meet at a centrally located public school where teachers from the surrounding area can gather once a week. No musical experience or special talent is needed. They also offer Teaching Artist Residencies and Music Faculty Training Workshops. Click here for more info.