Songs in their Hearts & Strings in their Hands!

Goal: $ 5000

No of Donation: 37



Goal: $ 5000
Amount Raised: $ 5000
Remaining : $
No of Donation : 37
Category : Education
Url :
Contact Number : 760-452-6123
Address : 2770 Historic Decatur Rd.
State : San Diego
City : CA
Country : US
Zipcode : 92024


America is experiencing a literacy crisis, beginning in grade school & continuing through adulthood.This is contributing to our impacted juvenile justice system, a rise in teen pregnancies, overcrowded jails, unemployment and dependency on welfare. About 70% of the people affected are functionally illiterate. Their troubles present early: 42% of 3rd grade boys & 34% of girls are reading below grade level! One in 4 students won't read by high school & will drop out. These students need help now.


Since 1998, Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) has been inspiring, training and equipping classroom teachers to integrate music making across the academic curriculum through "song-based instruction" so students of all ages have educational, musical access & opportunity at school every day. Our work prepares educators to lead music, employing it as a dynamic tool for reaching all learners, teaching all subjects, and building character, creativity and community.Programs & materials are free.
This special project will support eight new free music training programs in at-risk schools around the U.S. 150 teachers will get the chance to participate and they will lead music for over 7,000 students a week, collectively. This will dramatically improve literacy, language & reading skills as students create and share songs with their own Lyrics for Learning in class and with their families. In addition to training, participants will receive instruments, accessories, supplies & materials.

Long-Term Impact

GITC instills a life-long love of learning in students by creatively engaging the whole classroom in language-rich musical activities! It offers ongoing benefit because once teachers train with GITC, they keep song-leading for years. Students, most attending Title 1 (low income) schools, get a musical start in life, singing songs as a part of learning academic lessons. This approach makes classrooms happier places, lowering stress and assisting students to bring up their grades and test scores.

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