Guitars in the Classroom (GITC), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students by expanding the role of music in learning, was named a new music education grant recipient by the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association
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Guitars in the Classroom (GITC), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students by expanding the role of music in learning, was named a new music education grant recipient by the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association. GITC is the recipient of a $20,000 grant.
“We are exceptionally grateful to the CMA Foundation for its support to expand our programs. Country artists have given acoustic music a wide and indelible popularity,” said Jessica Baron, GITC Chief Executive Officer. “Our style of music education is accessible and inclusive and takes place in schools in rural and remote communities in addition to urban schools, so this is truly a match made in heaven.”
CMA founded the CMA Foundation in 2011, and its music education grants are made possible by the generosity of Country artists and the fans at the CMA Music Festival. The artists and the Foundation believe in music’s power to keep students academically engaged and motivated.
“If it weren’t for the artists, who all perform for free during the CMA Music Festival, and the thousands of fans who support the event each year, these donations would not be possible,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The CMA Foundation donates to causes that are important to our community, but every dollar is given on behalf of the artists and fans that support Music Fest each June.”
GITC will use the funds to expand programs in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia while establishing a new program in Los Angeles County, Calif.
“This grant will empower GITC to increase music instruction and coaching for regular classroom teachers and their students and place more guitars, ukuleles and musical supplies in classrooms in West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Los Angeles County from 2016 through fall of 2017,” said Baron. “In each of the communities served by this grant, we will strive to improve life and learning for students living in challenging circumstances by helping their teachers make singing, strumming and songwriting a part of learning every subject in school.”
About Guitars in the Classroom
Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) is a nonprofit dedicated to creating access to musical learning for all students and improving the quality of education by providing ongoing musical training and resources to educators. GITC trains, provides supplies and coaches teachers who wish to lead and integrate hands-on music with lessons in English language arts, math, science, social studies and more. GITC’s work promotes teacher effectiveness, student engagement, collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking and academic achievement—essential skills for the 21st century. GITC is currently headquartered in San Diego, Calif. but has programs running in 32 states in the U.S. and Canada. www.guitarsintheclassroom.org