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Summer 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Teaching Guitar Workshop Levels


June 5-September 1, 2023

Course Code

6143 for Level 1 and 6153 for Level 2


3 Graduate Credits


Purchasing credits beyond the workshop registration fee is $180. Please click "Register" for more information.


The Teaching Guitar Workshops were started by members of GAMANAMM and NAfME in 1995. The objective: help school music educators start or enhance classroom guitar programs and deliver more music making opportunities to children. Between 1995 and today over 4,000 school music teachers across the United States and Canada have enjoyed TGW. GAMA’s studies suggest that over 2 million students have learned guitar in schools because of the TGW. The program succeeded because it has created value for everyone involved.


#6143 Teaching Guitar Workshop Level I – Beginner Course (3 semester hours of graduate credit)

You will learn • Chord strumming w/ singing in various styles and keys • Beginning classical, finger-style, and pick-style right hand techniques • Improvisation w/ movable pentatonic scales • Note reading in 1st position • Basic theory including barre chords and power chords • Posture and hand positions • Classroom management • Pacing


#6153 Teaching Guitar Workshop Level II – Advanced Course (3 semester hours of graduate credit)

You will learn • Advanced accompaniment techniques: finger-style and pick-style • Practical application of barre and power chords • Improvisation with major, minor, modal, and blues scales • Note reading in upper positions • Beginning jazz chord studies • Intermediate classical solo techniques


Chat Session

This course meets in person.


Prior to registering for Teaching Guitar Workshop Level II, completion of Teaching Guitar Workshop Level I, or consent from your state's Teaching Guitar Workshop instructor is required.

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Learning Platform Information - Online Courses Only

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


These courses will be taught and assessed by the Teaching Guitar Workshop Instructors.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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