Bring your guitar students to the next level by incorporating ensemble activities, solo repertoire and special topic lesson plans into your classes. This workshop will survey guitar ensemble repertoire for beginning to intermediate players. Classical, folk, pop and world music selections will be used to teach basic concepts and expand musical and technical abilities on the guitar. Resources for appropriate solo repertoire will be explored. Lesson plans focusing on history, society and specific musical concepts will be presented. At the completion of the class, you'll have ideas for lesson plans and performance repertoire suitable for late beginning through intermediate guitar students. Some previous guitar playing experience, knowledge of the open string chords, and the ability to read notes in the first position are required. This class is suitable for both pick-and finger-style players and teachers.

Instructor: Dr. Julie Goldberg


Named Guitarist of the year by Classical Guitar Alive, internationally broadcast radio program, Julie Goldberg is 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. She has won numerous awards including the Presser Music Scholar Award, Farwell Arts Award, WGUC Fine Arts Radio Competition, and the Three Arts Award for Music Performance. An active recitalist, Dr. Goldberg has performed in solo and ensemble concerts throughout the United States and currently performs and tours with the Avanti Guitar Trio.

A Chicago native, Dr. Goldberg directs the Chicago Community Classical Guitar Orchestra, directs the Annual Day of Guitar Festival at VanderCook College of Music, and is on the faculty of  North Park University and VanderCook College of Music.

Dr. Goldberg is a frequent adjudicator of contests and competitions and has presented clinics for the Illinois Music Educator Association, Wisconsin Music Educator Association, and the Guitar Foundation of America annual conferences.

Dr. Goldberg's primary teachers include: Clare Callahan, Robert Guthrie, Sonia Michelson, Pamela Kimmel and Anne Waller. Using her music in an innovative setting, Julie is a founding musician of the Healing Arts, Live Music Program at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288