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Teaching Guitar Workshop Expands Program

To commemorate 25 years of instructing school teachers to start guitar programs, Teaching Guitar Workshop is furthering its reach with expanded programming and more locations for the upcoming year.

TGW is growing from 12 locations in 2018 to more than 20 in 2019. Locations include Colorado Springs, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Reston, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee; Nazareth, Pennsylvania; Omaha, Nebraska; Linwood, Massachusetts; Cornelius, North Carolina; and Mitchell, South Dakota. With the new locations, officials at the organization said the goal is to reach at least 250 teachers in 2019.

"It's been an honor to be a clinician and now the director of Teaching Guitar Workshops," said Glen McCarthy, who is a TGW clinician and director. "The program is in its 25th year and continues to evolve. In 2018, we included the ukulele in the program. It was a win-win to include ukuleles. It is the perfect instrument for primary grades and is a great introduction to playing a fretted instrument. This year, GAMA will award a free guitar to all participants that preregister. TGW is a great professional development opportunity for all music educators. All primary, secondary and collegiate educators will glean ways to enhance their curriculum."

TGW was started by members of GAMA, NAMM and NAfMe to help school music educators start or enhance classroom guitar programs. Every workshop has a local retailer to support it by presenting to teachers and offering "field trips" to the store. Over 2 million students have learned guitar in schools through TGW, according to studies by GAMA.