NAfME Members: It's Time to Apply for Summer's Teaching Guitar Workshops

Members of the 2013 Teacher Guitar Workshop Gather at NAfME headquarters in Reston, Virginia
Members of the 2013 Teacher Guitar Workshop Gather at NAfME headquarters in Reston, Virginia


Applications are now being accepted for the annual summer Teaching Guitar Workshops. The Teaching Guitar Workshops (TGW) were started by members of the Guitar Manufacturers Association (GAMA), NAMM, the music merchants, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)  in 1995. Today numerous music industry sponsors participate as well. Apply for the Summer Teaching Guitar Workshops, which are only open to NAfME members.

Several thousand teachers have taken the workshops over almost two decades. Over that time, more than 1.3 million students have received guitar instruction because of TGW. Key statistics: 90% of the teachers who’ve participated reported that, because of the guitar workshops, they were able to reach students who otherwise would not have participated in music classes. 91% of our teachers feel that teaching guitar has been a professionally rewarding experience.

First time attendees will receive a guitar and all participants will receive a variety of method books, and accessories. Attendees will  also receive a letter stating clock hours and graduate credit options are available. Alumni, those repeating a course are also encouraged to attend.

 Guitar Classes Cast a Wide Net in School Classrooms

The guitar is an ideal vehicle for lifelong active music making. It is a highly motivational instrument that can help school music programs reach many of the students not now involved in music classes.The TGW staff is dedicated to teaching guitar in the classroom using a broad, multi-style approach that includes diverse techniques and methods.

Workshop Locations

June 16 – 20   Wichita, Kansas – Level I; Atlanta, Georgia – Level I & II

June 23 – 27   Lexington, Kentucky – Level I & II              

 July 7 – 11      San Diego, California – Level I & II; Pocatello, Idaho – Level I; Halifax, Nova Scotia 

July 14-18       Bow, New Hampshire – Level I & II                       

July 21-25       Reston, Virginia – Level I & II          

August 11 – 15 Richmond Hill, Ontario     


Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, March 13, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (