Thank you for this!
Goodhart wrote:...Most of these students never played an instrument or read music before they took the beginning class...
I am very impressed,
Best wishes, V
I appreciate your kind comment. Let me share this; yes it is impressive, but I wish it were not. It is only so because of the dearth of such programs in the accredited pre-college environment. If those were band or choir kids we'd say, "good start, after a couple years in your program they'll probably get very good." That is where my program is at, the foundation has just been established.
I don't have any more student talent available to me than any regular band program, and I am no more than a qualified guitar instructor. All I've done is implement certain assessments and assessment tools to make sure the kids stay on track (90% of kids, if they don't think they will get assessed on something will not do the work. Does not make them bad kids, just a little immature. I think it is part of a teacher's job to help them grow out of that a bit).
This program would work at any school with a music program taught by any qualified guitar instructor. And just think what having as many of these as, say, band programs would to for the guitar industry (publishers, makers, record labels, accessory makers, private teachers, college music programs, those with guitar degrees, concert artists, on and on). It would be revolutionary.
Remember guitar performance was in a similar state of atrophy at the end of the 19th century.
I'll get off my soapbox now.
Thanks for listening and have a good one.