Education Initiative● National Association of School Music○ NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories,colleges and universities with approximately 644 accreditedinstitutional members. It establishes national standards forundergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.● GAMAs Goal○ Document, publish, and maintain a directory of NASM memberinstitutions where guitar students can earn a bachelor’s degree inmusic education and learn to teach both studio and classroom guitar.
Education Initiative● National String Project Consortium○ NSPC is a coalition of 40 college- and university-based StringProjects. NSPC works to increase both the number of qualified stringteachers and the number of children playing stringed instruments. Itsunique approach to teacher training has earned national recognition.● GAMAs Goal○ Work with NSPC member colleges to add a guitar pedagogycomponent to their existing programs which currently focus only onbowed strings. We have the support of NSPC’s Executive Director,Dr. Eugene Dowdy of the University of Texas, San Antonio, whodirects the only String Project that already includes guitar in itsprogram.
Education Initiative● American String Teachers Association○ The national association of teachers of violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar,and harp, with more than 10,000 members in all 50 states.○ In 2011, ASTA formed its ad hoc Classroom Guitar Task Force toexplore ways the organization could better serve its guitar-teachermembers. In 2012, the Task Force was upgraded to a permanentstanding Committee of ASTA, led by long-time TGW clinician GlenMcCarthy.● GAMAs Goal○ Work with ASTA’s leadership and Classroom Guitar Committee toexpand the presence of guitar throughout ASTA’s programs,especially its annual membership conference.
Media Initiatives● Celebrity Posters● Music Inc. Article● www.GuitarEduNet.org● TGW Facebook
● Guitars in the Classroom● AARP● Make Music NY● NAMMPrograms & Partnerships