European Guitar Teachers Association
The European Guitar Teachers Association was founded in 1990 following preliminary meetings instigated by Gordon Crosskey, professor of guitar at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music. John Williams has been its Honorary President since that time.
EGTA's original stated aims were to improve the standard of guitar teaching, to raise the status of the instrument within the musical mainstream and to widen interest in guitar playing.
Much has already been done to achieve these aims and EGTA today acts above all as a resource and a discussion place for guitarists concerned with developing themselves as teachers, and their pupils as players.
24th Annual Conference
12th - 14th August 2013
Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick, York
EGTA invites you to the 24th annual conference. It is a pleasure to be welcoming you to a school just outside of the historic city of York. The guest list is once again impressive and inspiring. We hope that there is something on the agenda for everyone and that you be able to attend.
Special Guest Recitalists
Monday 12th August: Students from Chetham’s School 8pm
Tuesday 13th August: Manus Noble 8pm
Talks and presentations by:
Ray Love, Peter Batchelar, Dr.James Westbrook, Charanga,
Residential £150 (£185 for non members)
Includes all talks, workshops and concerts, meals and accommodation.
Non residential £110(£145 for non members)
Includes all talks, workshops and concerts, lunch and dinner
Tutor Books- A chance to look at the different tutor books available in today’s market and discuss them in relation to the needs of guitar teachers in the modern world.
Charanga - Peter Readman speaks on the Online interactive learning resources for guitar and ukulele
The Influence of the Guitar Makers in Nineteenth - Century London Dr.James Westbrook
Writing and arranging for guitar ensembles - Ray Love. Music will be given out at the start of the conference for people to practise for this session.
Masterclass with Manus Noble 3 x30 min classes
Open forum on ideas for group teaching. Members contributions welcome.
Please return your booking forms by Friday 12th July so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. Late bookings may not be accepted.
“Bacc for the Future” campaign-initial success
In October 2012 EGTA became one of the 113 organisations signed up to the “Bacc for the Future” campaign. This opposes the Government’s plan to introduce an English Baccalaureate that omitted performing/expressive arts at Key Stage 4.
Plans to introduce the EBacc as an exam have now been scrapped, although school league tables will still retain a measure of achievement in the 'English Baccalaureate' subjects both at GCSE and at A-Level. These subjects are: English, Mathematics, History or Geography, the Sciences and a language. For this reason the campaign will go on and EGTA will continue to support it through publicising the issues involved.
This is not just about art for art’s sake; to quote from the website:
“our creative industries are world-beaters - they contribute 6% of GDP, employ two million people and export over £16 billion annually.”
For further information visit: http://www.baccforthefuture.com/index.html
Read a review of the 21st Annual EGTA Conference
Video from the 2010 EGTA Conference