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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Teaching Guitar Workshops (Levels I & II)


June 10-June 14, 2024

Course Code

Level I: 7144B Level II: 7154B


3 Graduate Credits


$650 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until February 16.


What will you learn at TGW Level 1 • 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

What will you learn at TGW Level 2 • 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


Class Times: (Every class will meet from 8:00AM to 5:00PM CST.)


Chat Session

None - this course meets in person.



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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).


julie goldberg

Julie Goldberg

Applied Guitar

Named Guitarist of the Year by the international radio program “Classical Guitar Alive,” Dr. Julie Goldberg joined VanderCook it 1999. She was the first guitarist to receive a Doctorate in Music Performance from Northwestern University, and also holds degrees from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, and College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

A Chicago native, Dr. Goldberg leads the Chicago Community Classical Guitar Orchestra, directs VanderCook’s annual Day of Guitar festival, presents yearly guitar clinics for the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, and is a faculty member for Teaching Guitar Workshop, sponsored by Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA.) Overseas, she has taught master classes at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi, and the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music. Dr. Goldberg performs frequently as a soloist and with the Avanti Guitar Trio.

She is co-author of 100 Classical Guitar Lessons, published by Hal Leonard. Her educational guitar ensemble arrangements are published by Guitar Chamber Music Press.

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