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What is the GMTP?
The Guitar Master Teacher Program (GMTP) is a comprehensive development program for guitar teachers. It is devised for guitarists who seek to combine their performing skills with a firm knowledge and advanced understanding of the principles of music education, recognizing such understanding as a the most critical element for developing and maintaining a long and successful teaching career in today’s fast-changing and diverse music culture.

How will I be taught?
The MGTP is conceived to offer to its participants the opportunity to explore a vast array of significant topics and cultivate essential teaching skills by engaging with a full team of lecturers and guitar coaches. Each lecturer and guitar coach is allocated to a specific area of study for which s/he posses a proven expertize. This will assure the participants that every aspect of the program is well researched. A characteristic feature in the design and delivery of the GMTP is the combination of in-person lectures with distance learning, which aims at making the course more compatible with the participant’s needs and agenda. Lectures will take place during an intensive study period at the beginning of each year. Application on the course will be assessed via written assignments and teaching demonstrations, which will give the participants the opportunity to demonstrate their theoretical understanding and practical skills developed during the course.

How will studying for the MGTP effect my teaching career?
You will expand your understanding of all the major facets that characterize your field and will make you become a more effective teacher; this will place you at the leading edge of the guitar teaching profession.
You will engage with a team of guitar teachers and performers who understands what is currently relevant knowledge in the guitar sector and become exposed to different thought-provoking perspectives.
You will recognize the needs of multiple and cross-cultural learning objectives and develop the ability to assess different teaching approaches and design a curriculum of study according to the specific educational settings, age, or music identity of each student.
You will cross the boundaries of guitar instruction and broaden your areas of expertize by cultivating your reflective and writing skills, which will allow you to construct and constantly innovate your professional development and practice.
You will develop the skills and knowledge required to pursue a teaching diploma that will enhance your CV. The diploma is issued by a renown University and mapped in the European Qualification Framework (EQF).

What are the MGTP learning outcomes?
The learning objectives are constructed in line with the level of qualification it leads to: EQF Level 5, 6, 7, and their corresponding level of expected intellectual analysis and practical experience. It is assumed that during the first three years of study the participants will gain a foundational knowledge and experience over a broad range of subjects, which allows them to acquire a comprehensive perspective and orientation on their professions.
Following this, anyone who after successfully completing the third year intends to progress to the specialization phase, where will be required to focus only on a single topic demonstrating a higher level of expertise.

Who is the GMTP for?
The GMTP address guitar teachers who perceive the importance to access and consolidate today most innovative guitar educational knowledge as indispensable for entering the contemporary guitar education sector and prolonging their teaching career to their full potential. The GMTP is offered to: (a) schools that requires their guitar teacher/s to expand and deepen their current understanding of teaching theories and educational issues in general, (b) independent teachers who aspire to apply for a teaching position in a schools and want to do so enhancing their CV with a valid qualification, knowledge and experience, (c) guitarists who are planning to start their own guitar teaching studio.

How does the GMTP differ from existing guitar teacher training initiatives in Italy?
The GMTP departs from existing guitar educational projects in that most teacher training programs made available in Italy are largely centred on instrumental instruction devised for a particular age or focused on conforming to a specific music culture. The GMTP, however, is conceived to bear relevance with the diversity of music idioms that encompass the contemporary guitarist’s experience and engages with both pedagogical and anagogical teaching methods. This prevents the course to remain modest in scope when situated in the context of contemporary guitar education.
As noted in the ‘our mission’ section, guitar performers who transition directly from performing to teaching, skipping any form of teaching studies, do not recognize music education as a necessary link to their practice. In this conceptualization, educational theories are either ignored or deemed to interfere negatively with their teaching insights that derive from their own performing experience. This approach may result problematic when applied to a variety of students and in different teaching settings. Contra, a sound understanding of the educational foundations is regarded a pre-requisite that underpins the current definition of a Master Teacher. Therefore, one of the founding tenets of the GMTP is to accompany the participants towards the transition from guitar instructors to informed educators who are able to read and critically evaluate research-based literature and to conduct their own enquiries into issues related to their teaching practices.
Lastly, the GMTP is currently the first and only guitar educational program in Italy designed to support teachers to pursue a valid qualification specifically awarded in guitar teaching.

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Guitar Master Teacher Program