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Welcome back everybody I'm Julie Banderas you're watching fox highlights and you know we're talking a lot about.
Helping those in the classroom just now we're talking about ways for you to help -- Different projects that teachers are going on this website and trying to ask for help in order to get -- sources and essential supplies into the classroom especially for those.
Low income families that they can't quite make ends meet and and supply for their kids and here's another one that's also interest -- also having to do.
With the classroom.
This particular group.
It is trying to transform pre K through high school classrooms.
-- by doing -- a little different they want to train teachers to integrate musical learning.
In lessons in order to increase student engagement.
And employee oral language practice and promote student achievement across the academic curriculum.
-- joining me now is -- -- the executive director for -- is in the classroom.
Thank you so much just for talking to us and you know it's -- -- -- Mike Huckabee -- you as you probably well know is -- host here on fox has been and he is a huge advocate and he was in the state where he was.
Governor of of implicating in in in in integrating.
As as early as you possibly can because music is such a really great key to early developments.
Babies even you know getting music into the classroom at a very early age the younger the better.
Tell me about your particular program and and what what it's all about.
I will Juli thank you for having me on this morning I'm so excited that you interviewed donors choose.
By the way they have helped the teachers we've -- get classroom guitars going so -- -- race there.
It's -- wonderful and Mike Huckabee he's been fabulous and he works with one of our -- than am foundation -- I'll tell you a little bit about that in a minute.
Guitars in the classroom started back in 1998.
When I realized that guitars had transformed to the worship and praise world and had transformed.
The community sing along and that we could do the same thing for education.
And research came out that in our brains we have two areas broke -- and weren't accused.
That receive and process and produced.
Spoken and written language and those same two areas actually are -- music happens.
So that the music and learning process -- hand -- And yet in our classrooms we've taken musical way and focus so much on the didactic.
On worksheets and very much on testing.
And the level of excitement that music brings when it's added back into the classroom is phenomenal.
For both the children and for the teachers and that's a very important equation our work.
So what our work does is trains teachers in groups of 24.
And this makes it very very affordable.
And we have a public private partnership model so the guitar companies like Martan and fender and go down.
Send us instruments that we can -- -- to the teachers while they're learning to play.
And we have to make this free.
We can't ask the schools to fund this and -- gay -- to it and say oh yes this is very effective.
Music is actually boosting student performance.
Class discussions and test scores and that's what we're seeing so the goal is to -- music and language learning together in the elementary.
Through high school classroom and -- actually started doing this and preschools and day cares now.
And then boost.
Their ability to learn by -- that lesson contents in songs that actually preserve our rich American -- photos via music in this country.
I have some pictures and analyze -- and everybody.
The first one is stays in my head and I guess one reason guitars.
In the classroom help children succeed in school is.
Is is is is due to this music stays in my -- wanted to explain and then we've got several others I wanna kind of briefly if you could comment on each one because we have about.
For more to go.
Sure absolutely we asked children -- music was -- in their classroom and they sent us hundreds of -- explaining.
And I chose this one for you today because it's very true and give your viewers who remember learning the alphabet or numbers in a song.
Know the power of music through an Internet idea yeah that's how and -- -- -- -- -- -- Absolutely what we do is we infused songs like skip to my Lou with math we might get two plus -- -- -- three plus three is six.
And we'll take that along through every subject area with songs anyone can play in -- And it's so easy on the guitar the teachers are thrilled to have this powerful.
Instruments to uplift their students and get that contents in there I never heard about one of the few calories Q it's four or would this get to my Lou I'm gonna have to use that -- my child is old enough to understand.
The next well our materials are free -- so we have all of that ready to share at our web -- guitars in the classroom Diallo also we can hear this music on your website.
Absolutely you would register as a teacher to hear the music you come on under join the conversation.
-- cash register and access those songs you click that teacher box and so.
You coming -- -- as a journalist are a teacher.
Very good guitars and -- -- -- by the way I am and we'll -- that web -- up again but I wanna go back to the pictures some that that you sent us together we make a difference teachers and first graders.
From an elementary school in California.
Are proud to make GI TC music makers together we can make a difference what is what what their message here.
Well it's really that this is a grassroots organization.
And everyone helps whether their teachers or parents grandparents volunteers.
This is really a community effort.
To bring that music into the general classroom.
And that photo is wonderful there were five teachers and that school at the first grade level that year and they all moved up to second grade.
None of them had any musical experience they trained with us.
And then they were doing a recycling unit at school in those children -- a five part round which if you know music rounds are not so we easy first graders don't generally do too well with them.
But they performed this beautiful.
How clean our earth and save our earth song and the picture was taken that day.
Okay and then -- we only have time for one more so that will will pick up next why not Kate in the classroom.
Oh that's government in a Mississippi were spreading out a lot in the southeast right now.
We work with schools that have a high need and high risk and we also work across the spectrum and in that picture.
Kate is actually visiting one of the head starts where she's been training teachers and those children are having a first contact with the instruments.
-- class is not only get them singing but give them hands on contact with the Qatar.
And that's a very rare opportunity a lot of kids can't afford.
To have that parents don't afford the music lessons the instruments are expensive so this program in particular is giving them contact.
He had no I I I am all for music class by the two and a half year old and she started going to music class before she turned one.
And she loves to play the -- -- and she loves to listen to the red -- and what petition is also a really key thing you know if they hear that same song over and over and over again it's really amazing to see how quickly.
Their mind develops around each song and and then they memorize it hit it teaches a memorization skills as far as I'm concerned.
It sounds like you have a musical home Jewish ethical -- it.
-- -- -- just Ferran thank you very much again the website is guitars in the classroom.
And just as the executive director thank you so much for talking to us we appreciate -- You're welcome thank you for having me on today -- -- thank.
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