Guitars and Ukes In The Classroom

Guitars & Ukes in the Classroom is a non-profit that has trained 17,500+ teachers to lead music! Our abbreviation is no longer GITC, but GUITC.

Guitars in the Classroom has changed its name to Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom. This can be pronounced "git-see" for ease.

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We are SO EXCITED to share this video with you! Today is the anniversary of the San Diego Foundation's awarding 10 San Diego music nonprofits sustaining funds from the amazing Jay Kahn Endowment! Please watch and see each of us E.D.s sharing about how this grant has helped our organizations. Thank you to all of you with the Foundation for helping us increase our capacity with your gift. Our gratitude runs deep.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy VAPA Foundation San Diego Unified School District

One of my all-time favourites. 02/06/2024

We can all sing. Given a favorable opportunity and inspirational guidance, it's a natural process. No one brings this out better or more spontaneously than Jacob Collier. His gifts as an empath, a natural leader, a healer through music, and in music itself are a gift to us all. So much to discover if you check him out. He's coming to the West Coast on tour this spring, btw.

One of my all-time favourites. DJESSE VOL. 4 — OUT FEBRUARY 29TH 2024.Pre-order here:

John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) "Have You Ever Seen the Rain” LIVE on CONAN 02/06/2024

Hi Friends, Yes indeed we are getting soaked here in San Diego. Streets are already flooded and it's only Monday. The weather forecast predicts more rain all week. Nevertheless, we WILL be holding our early childhood trainings on Saturday at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas! Let's be wise, careful, resourceful, and helpful to each other to get through the flooding.
This community rocks!

John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) "Have You Ever Seen the Rain” LIVE on CONAN Check out John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival play an incredible impromptu ACOUSTIC version of ""Have You Ever Seen the Rain” LIVE on the Conan O’Br...


Happy Sunday, Friends. Let's take time for family, friends, and love!


Thanks you, SDUSD VAPA and Freese Elementary for bringing the inspirational work of GITC classroom teacher Desirée Robles, and the participation of other Freese teachers in our free after school training there, to light!

At Freese Arts, Culture & Museum Elementary School students learn literacy, science, and math while playing music. Kinder teacher partners with Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom

Photos from Guitars and Ukes In The Classroom's post 02/02/2024

What a magical night our benefit was! Please enjoy these harmonious moments with our charity community, and join us for the next event! We hope to have one to announce soon. Thanks to artists Muriel Anderson, Larry Mitchell, and Luis Gallo!

Guitars and Ukes In The Classroom


Last night's house concert, organized and graced with the artistry of Muriel Anderson was a musically breathtaking evening. Here is her composition for a meteor shower witnessed by she and her husband, Bryan Allen, captured in music and Bryan's astounding images!


Save a Seat! Wedn. House Concert in Solana Beach

Friends, there is still time to save a seat for this beautiful house concert tomorrow night at 6:30, in the home of GITC's Board President in Solana Beach. Doors open at 5:30 pm, music starts at 6:30.

Join us for some midweek fun and relaxation with the gorgeous stylings of these international touring artists! Muriel Anderson, Luis Gallo, and Larry Mitchell, will perform their unique styles and dazzling repertoires, and also jam together on classical, harp, ampli-coustic, and electric guitars! We are so fortunate to present them together for one night, and hope you will treat yourself to their artistry.

Donations will benefit the work of San Diego nonprofit Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom providing free teacher training, classroom music residencies, and after school guitar and uke clubs in Title 1 schools. A suggested donation of $25 is appreciated, but donations are voluntary.

To reserve a seat, please email [email protected]. We'll respond with specific information on location, timing, and nourishment. Health protocols will be encouraged, and light refreshments will be served when doors open at 5:30.

Thanks for considering making this a night to remember, and one that also benefits children and teens in our community! Seats are limited, so if you'd like to attend, please write promptly with your request. [email protected].

Acoustic Guitar Muriel Anderson Larry Mitchell

Photos from Guitars and Ukes In The Classroom's post 01/29/2024

Thank you, Juanda Marshall for sharing your wisdom and teaching talent with other educators! Your bright light, big heart, and fabulous activities for engaging all learners brought insight and joy to all! Collaborative teaching and learning rocks!

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If you're familiar with our work, you already know that it is based in utilizing music to address learning. We apply musical learning to meta-cognitive learning, including differences/ disabilities. We explore how music can help students with complex learning profiles make gains. If you, like us, want to know about Dyscalculia, Touch Math is offering this free session.

The Bridgeable Math Gap: Lessons Learned from Dyslexia Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Explore dyscalculia resources, tools, and solutions with a panel of expert educators. Shift paradigms, bridge gaps, make a difference.


What does this superbly gifted and active GITC board member, Larry Mitchell do when he's not supporting music education or traveling enough to require a tardis? THIS. What a Saturday night it was on the Anaheim Marriott stage! Thanks, Larry, bandmates, and guests!

NAMM Foundation


Friends if you are at the show at this moment, please join our director of programs, Gail Wingfield and me and the member center for a workshop building a collaborative and responsive non-profit! We're excited to share how leading with HeartSet cultivates authentic inclusion!

Photos from Guitars and Ukes In The Classroom's post 01/28/2024

Good GITC morning! We're counting our blessings at the NAMM Show today, and each person in these photos is exactly that!


Cordoba Guitars has a beautiful and comfortable booth at NAMM. GITC teaching artist, Richard Miller and I stopped by to thank the company for their help in GITC classrooms, and we made new friends. Then Richard played their new electro-acoustic guitar and fell in love with its sound, feel, and features. His brilliant playing attracted some appreciative listeners, too.
I love this show!


Our NAMM Music Education Days workshop this morning was so much fun. We focused on inclusive teaching with low floor, high ceiling activities that make music accessible for every learner. This clip is just a snippet of what it sounds like in a room when there are 10 different groups of teachers writing songs at the same time, using a variety of different instruments. The final products were just amazing, and somebody else has that video. Thank you so much to all of you who came from all over the world to be with us this morning!

NAMM Foundation

Photos from Guitars and Ukes In The Classroom's post 01/26/2024

And the sun sets on a beautiful 1st day of this incredible convening of music minded, hearted, minded, and spirited individuals who are doing everything they can each day to spread the love far and wide. Feeling so grateful. Tomorrow we teach at 9:30 in Room 212B. Thank you to our staff for keeping things humming along back in San Diego!


The NAMM Show is all about music and RELATIONSHIPS! Carolyn Grant, M of the NAMM Foundation, Myka Miller, Executive Director of the The Guitar Center Music Foundation, Chiho Feindler, Chief Program Officer of Save The Music and me, Jessica Anne Baron, founder, Executive Director of Guitars and Ukes In The Classroom all found each other in a magical moment here on the first day of the show!

GITC's Singing Application for Qualcomm's Small Business Accelerator Program 01/25/2024

Our GITC Team is beyond excited about teaching at the NAMM Show this weekend. Planning to be there? Please catch our Friday 9:30 workshop on teaching music inclusively, our 10 am Saturday workshop on developing student SEL through music, our 12:30 workshop on establishing thriving Mariachi programs in schools, and our Sunday Nonprofit Leadership presentation at 1 pm on developing and inclusive and responsive organization.

Gail Wingfield and I realized that this video project was a pretty good example of our own inclusivity when our whole staff pitched in to write and perform an original song as an application for a small business accelerator competition put on by Qualcomm with participation from Verizon and Best Buy. This was so fun!

Thank goodness we were selected and received the technology we needed to keep teaching and working remotely ever since 2020. Thank you, Qualcomm, Verizon and Best Buy for you generosity!

Friends, hope to see some of you at the show. Thanks for smiling with us when you watch this video!

GITC's Singing Application for Qualcomm's Small Business Accelerator Program Qualcomm Please Come and Save the Day!

Nonprofit helps advance music's role in academic and social learning 01/24/2024

Thank you so much, Paola Hernandez-Jiao for the delightful conversation about our work in schools teaching through the power of music and song today! We focused here on the NAMM Foundation and NAMM Show, and how educators of all kinds can sign up for free classes! It's never too late to learn, and we make it easy.
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Nonprofit helps advance music's role in academic and social learning Hear from Jessica Baron about Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom's mission of expanding music education and elevating student engagement by making inclusive, ...


This is for each of you making playful music part of childhood for the littles in you life! GITC's free music leadership/Total Beginner Uke and Guitar classes start this week! Visit to learn more.

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Our Story

Guitars in the Classroom has trained over 15,000 classroom teachers, staff members and specialists to lead music with strumming, singing and writing songs for learning in our free, ongoing programs around the U.S. We started back in 2000 as a wild idea to offer free training to classroom teachers who longed to make music and needed an opportunity to learn to sing and play. Musical instrument manufacturers and makers of music supplies raised their hands to help. We opened registration to anyone working in schools to learn, and boom, we were off to the races. By strategically adding teaching songs and songwriting for the classroom, GITC started making school more fun, meaningful and productive for kids- and their teachers! (Joy is important.)

Our founder, Jess Baron, developed a simplified the way for beginning players to develop the necessary fine motor skills, spatial memory and rhythm for playing guitar using a Hawaiian open tuning. “Slack Key” guitar is very beautiful and relaxing, and Taro Patch tuning became our favorite. The strings are tuned from low to high, D-G-D-G-B-D. Strum down and you have played an Open G chord! Just one fingertip on a single string in Open G tuning makes a musical note change. Add a second finger, no uncomfortable stretching, and you have a whole new chord. Teachers felt encouraged and they jumped into making music with everything they could bring to the experience!

Once everyone could play, strum and sing songs using up to 5 chords in Open G, we helped them transition smoothly into standard tuning. The approach keeps anyone making steady progress without pain so beginners don’t give up.

Things went along for 15 years with guitars, guitars, guitars thanks to help from Godin Guitars, Martin Guitars, Oriolo Guitars and so many other wonderful companies. Every company does what they can to make our work free for teachers. Then we added ukuleles!

Videos (show all)

Last night's house concert, organized and graced with the artistry of Muriel Anderson was a musically breathtaking eveni...
What does this superbly gifted and active GITC board member, Larry Mitchell do when he's not supporting music education ...
Our NAMM Music Education Days workshop this morning was so much fun. We focused on inclusive teaching with low floor, hi...
Music education matters! The proof is in the voices of these young singers and their exuberant performance. thanks again...
🎸🎶 This just in! GITC and our founder, Jess, were featured this am on Newsradio 600 KOGO with reporter Lucinda Kay! Plea...
Hey, please share our excitement! This feature on our work in classrooms that aired in San DIego on Friday from Jeff Zev...
Last Thursday, we tabled at Morse High School so students could register for our after school guitar club, and these two...
Did your show and tell days ever look or SOUND like this? GITC classroom and Summer Strummer programs can include a visi...
Happy Sunday, friends. Let's start your day with these UTK-K-1 Summer Strummers singing, playing, and learning to say, "...
In a moment of brilliance, Summer Strummers Club Leader Desirée Robles created "The GITC Strummers Pledge" and taught it...
When GITC Summer Strummers leader, faculty trainer, and La Mesa/Spring Valley classroom teacher, Julia Cole  teaches you...




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