Country Music Association Foundation Supports Music Training for Clay & Kanawah County Teachers

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Charleston - West Virginia - US


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - July 7, 2016 - PRLog -- Country Music Association Foundation (CMAF) grantee, Guitars in the Classroom (GITC), will be conducting a free, three-day, intensive training for local classroom teachers to learn to play simplified guitar, ukulele, sing, teach and write songs for literacy and language learning. Instruments and materials are being provided to teachers by GITC sponsor companies. In three days, every teacher will learn to bring literacy to life through the power of song and joy of making music together.

"We are grateful to bring our hands-on musical approach to more teachers in West Virginia thanks to the generosity of the Country Music Association Foundation," said Baron. "Making strumming and singing a central part of the school day to commit academic learning to memory helps many students do better and puts the fun back in learning."

Jessica Baron, founder and executive director of GITC will be visiting from San Diego, Calif. To co-teach with local GITC faculty trainer and award-winning music educator, Tracy Wayne of Clay County, W.V. Mrs. Wayne has been integrating music into learning with GITC in Clay County for five years, revitalizing the presence of Bluegrass traditions.

Thanks to ukulele donor Kala Brand Music and guitar donor Luna Guitars, the teachers will receive instruments to take back for use in their classrooms.

GITC welcomes visitors to experience the work in action and volunteers with musical experience to assist in classrooms. For more information, please contact Jessica Baron through the website at

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

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