Guitar Skills for Educators


The guitar is the “people’s instrument,” the most popular instrument on the planet. This class opens the door for you if you’ve never played guitar before, and opens the door much wider if you already play. Develop/ improve skills for playing the guitar, and directly address the needs and challenges of creating and/or refining guitar programs in your school. With increasing interest and demand from principals across the country, experience with the guitar can improve job security and may open new employment opportunities. To address different levels of expertise, you’ll work with other music teachers to examine issues of teaching methodologies. To best address your individual concerns, portions of the class will include skill-based breakout groups.

Instructor: Michael Miles

Michael_Miles_Headshot_2012Michael J. Miles has taught guitar at Villanova University and VanderCook College of Music for 20 years. He is an author for Mel Bay Publications and Publications International. He has served as President of The Folk Alliance (1990-1993) and Program Director at the Old Town School of Folk Music (1984-1998) where his instructional programming brought the school international acclaim. A renowned banjo player with five highly acclaimed CD's, his one man show, “From Senegal To Seeger: Stories of the American Banjo, as well as his concert performances have been featured Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Ravinia Festival among others. Multi-instrumentalist, writer & composer Miles has earned critical acclaim and professional collaborations with Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s dePasquale String Quartet. Theatrical works created by Miles include Chicago Rhythm & Rhymes; America 1941, How Africa Met Ireland In American Song, The Magic Banjo, America 1968, Songs of the Earth, & Transcontinental, America 1957 and the Tin Pan Alley Times. After many years as a self taught musician, Miles earned an MA Music degree from Northeastern IL University.



Course Information

6003 Guitar Skills for Educators

1 graduate credit
Location: VCM Room 100
Tuition: $280
Tuition is due in full with registration


March 16-17
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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