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Mission: our aim is to offer the knowledge and practical experience that enable a guitar teacher to establish a successful teaching career. We submit that the guitar teacher profession is faced with the necessity of claiming its identity and gaining appreciation for the guitar teachers’ role of community music facilitators and specialists. We observe that while professional teachers from other disciplines regard teacher training as the necessary foundation upon which they build their career, taking pride of their achievements in education, many guitar teachers tend to view teaching as an extension of their performing activity and underestimate the paramount importance of teacher training.
We present many ways to expand the lens through which we look at guitar teaching in the twentyfirst century. The course argues for a shift of thinking towards unscrutinised common assumptions on what is pedagogically sound. It discusses what constitutes a broad and engaging curriculum, and examines assessment procedures in the light of the latest teaching theories and methodologies. Informed by an interdisciplinary approach, it engages with a range of disciplines and fields of enquiry that furnish new models of music education and maturity of the profession. Chief amongst these are the advancements in neuroscience, educational psychology, and socio-cultural perspectives. Moreover, the program departs from the traditional ethnocentric approach that resits a recontextualisation of the pedagogical aims or might cause an environment of hostility amongst different methodologies. More than ever, instead, we support the importance to develop a global perspective of music education, which incorporates culturally diverse music domains and draws from a pluralism of teaching practices.

Year 1


The objectives of this phase are to:
  • Analyse the role and opportunities for guitar teachers in the wider cultural and professional context.
  • Explore the advances in the field of psychology and cognitive neuroscience which inform contemporary music education.
  • Examine teaching strategies and approaches that emerge in modern educational debate and thinking.
  • Review recognized teaching Western methodologies and interrogate comparative education and ethnomusicological principles.
  • Analyse the relationship between the physiology of guitar playing and health related issues.
  • Investigate the business procedures and ethical conducts that surround the professions.
  • Detail the educational systems and certification opportunities currently available.

Year 2


The objectives of the second phase are to:
  • Map areas of music literacy and creative studies, and determine how to teach them with particular reference to their relevance towards the music style being taught.
  • Address issues related to performance and music expression.
  • Illustrate elements and applications of guitar style and interpretation.
  • Document guitar history, its transformation in conjunction with technology and maintenance.
  • Discuss the main components and purposes of curriculum design.

Year 3


The objectives of the last phase are to:
  • Understand the study design, writing style and presentation required for submission at Level 5 and 6 EQF (European Qualification Framework).
  • Use reflective skills and underline the characteristics of the reflective practitioner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate and critically discuss a wide array of relevant biographic sources and use of an appropriate writing style and presentation.
  • Write three essays on given topics, showing awareness of the theoretical foundations discussed in Phase 1 and 2. Articulate their impact in your teaching development and experiential skills developed in Phase 2.
  • Perform a professionally planned demonstration on a topic.
  • Deliver a teaching demo showing effective teaching skills and a well structured lesson plan. All the above will serve as the foundation for exams al Level 5 and 6 EQF.

Specialization

Building on the writing, research and analytical skills developed in Phase 3, this phase leads towards a substantially more independent study enterprise, which will impact the participant ability to find and develop specialized knowledge, strengthening his/er scholar persona.

Guitar Master Teacher Program