» EGTA (UK): European Guitar Teachers Association
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.
“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
Video from the 2010 EGTA Conference