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Oklahoma City University and GFA Host Guitar Teacher Training, July 13-17

Thursday, March 26, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Emma Markham
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The Art of Teaching Class Guitar

Oklahoma City University

July 13-17, Wanda Bass School of Music


Mr. Matt Denman, Instructor of Guitar, Oklahoma City University
Dr. Michael Raiber, Busey Chair of Music Education, Oklahoma City University

Special Presentations:


This week-long workshop, offered in conjunction with the Guitar Foundation of America is designed to help both those who are currently teaching class guitar or those who may be starting a guitar program in the near future.  Participants in this workshop will have opportunities to collaborate with other instrumental music educators who will be attending a simultaneous workshop focused on teaching beginning wind, brass, and percussion instruments. Features of this workshop include:
  • Guitar Technique Sessions focused entirely on developing performance skills.
  • Guitar Pedagogy Sessions focused on effective guitar teaching materials and strategies.
  • Small Group Sessions where guest presenters will work with groups of 5-10 participants on special performance/teaching topics.
  • Teaching for Musical Understanding Sessions that will include all participants from both workshops (Guitar and Beginning Band) focusing on aural-based instruction to improve students’ tonal, rhythmic, and musical understanding as they develop performance skills.
  • Effective Ensemble Conducting for the Guitar Teacher will focus on basic conducting skills and ensemble pedagogy for the guitar ensemble conductor.
  • Guitar Teaching Lab Ensemble.  Friday will be dedicated to participants’ application of the knowledge and skills developed during the workshop with a teaching lab ensemble.
Participants will leave this workshop with materials and ideas that can be applied directly to their classroom/studio.

Workshop Fees:

 Space at the symposium can be held with a school district purchase order or a $100 (non-refundable) deposit.

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