The 2014 RGT Conference will be held at the University of West London on Sunday 21st September. Here’s what’s in-store.
2014 RGT Conference Outline
If you’re an RGT member and you haven’t yet got round to attending the RGT Annual Conference then you’ve been missing out on a very special event.
The 2014 RGT conference is the ideal way for you to gain professional development training by attending informative and entertaining seminars by top music educators; these will provide inspiration, insights and ideas to ignite your enthusiasm for guitar teaching and provide you with lots of information and practical ideas to bring back and use with your students.
It’s also an entertaining and enjoyable day, where you’ll hear some truly expert playing. You not only get the chance to meet and put your teaching and exam queries to some of the leading figures in RGT but, equally importantly, you get the unique opportunity to talk and swap ideas with lots of other guitar teachers from all different regions across the UK and overseas.
At least 14 different seminars are scheduled for this year’s conference and you are completely free to pick and choose which seminars you wish to attend throughout the day.
Although ukulele will be featuring prominently this year, to reflect the release of RGT’s new ukulele exams, there will also be at least 10 non-ukulele seminars – so always plenty of options for those who wish to stick strictly to guitar.
The conference will feature the official launch of RGT’s new ukulele exams, with demonstrations direct from the syllabus developers Tony Skinner and Pete Farrugia.
The ukulele is growing rapidly in popularity across all age ranges and you can be amongst the first teachers to find out about these new fully-accredited exams.
To complement the ukulele exams launch, there will be a few other uke seminars.
These include ‘Contemporary Uke Playing Techniques’ by Ben Rouse, anexciting modern ukulele player who’ll demonstrate some of the cutting-edge techniques used in contemporary uke playing. Ben will also be performing at a special lunchtime concert.
For the past decade Phil Doleman has been at the forefront of the ukulele revival and is one of the most respected players and teachers in the UK ukulele world.
We’re pleased that Phil will be attending the conference and providing two seminars – one on basic uke strumming techniques and one demonstrating the possibilities of playing jazz and chord melodies on a uke.
Chris Woods is a phenomenal acoustic guitarist who performed to great acclaim at the Glastonbury Festival this year and is author of ‘Percussive Acoustic Guitar’ book/DVD. Chris will demonstrate and explain a variety of impressive percussive guitar techniques, such as string slapping, body percussion, tapping and harmonics.
Max Milligan is always a very popular presenter at every RGT conference and his seminars are always hugely entertaining. This year Max will be demonstrating and explaining in his own inimitable style how to make great sounding arrangements of popular songs for acoustic guitar.
For those that prefer their guitars with nylon strings, the renowned classical guitarist Raymond Burley will give a presentation on the guitar pieces of Villa-Lobos, with the emphasis on those pieces in the LCM/RGT grades and diploma syllabuses.
For something a little bit different, Chris Eaton, who is a much sought-after slide guitarsession player, will give a demonstration of dobro guitar styles, and will also include a touch of lap steel for extra variety.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Stratocaster this year, Damon Chivers will give a presentation on the history, the evolution, the sounds and the guitarists associated with this iconic instrument.
Guitar Teaching Seminars
Al Summers & Ray Bradfield are both highly experienced music educators and will be sharing their teaching ideas in two seminars: ‘Working With Challenging Students’ where they’ll provide strategies for teaching guitar to children with behavioural problems, exceptionally slow learners, and adults with mental health issues or learning difficulties; and ‘Using Current Skills To Develop Sight Reading’ where they’ll provide an alternative approach to sightreading especially designed for advanced rock and blues players who lack music notation reading skills.
RGT Chief Examiner, Merv Young will be running two seminars: one on exam preparation, with ideas on how to incorporate material from the various RGT graded exam syllabuses into regular lessons; and one explaining how taking an RGT teaching or performance diploma will improve your teaching skills and help you to attract more students.
2014 RGT Conference Extras
As well as all the seminars, the conference itself has the feel of a ‘happening’ event, with live lunchtime and closing performances, a range of stands featuring a huge variety of guitar education publications and other music education products, plus a fantastic display of guitars for you to try from Fender, Gretsch, Jackson and Takamine.
Attendance at the Conference is by advance booking only.
The cost for the entire day, including refreshments on arrival, is £47 (reduced to £39 for RGT registered teachers).
You are advised to reserve your space as soon as possible.
You can book online at the 2014 RGT Conference Page or by calling 01424 222222.
About Last Year’s Conference
I particularly enjoyed the atmosphere of the event. No one was made to feel intimidated, even though the technical expertise of some of the speakers was clearly top class.As a first timer, I was made to feel welcome, and it was a pleasure to be part of it. It was my first experience of an RGT event; I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and came away fully inspired to take my tutoring skills to the next level. – Tom Smith
Thanks for another good conference. – Paul Davies
A great day. Valuable information that I will be able to use in my lessons; a great inspiration. – Stewart Knight
Well-organised, informative, and entertaining. – Phil Armitage
I found all the seminars enjoyable and useful. – Geoff Lea
It was great to meet with other guitar teachers and share knowledge & tips. – Adi Hughes
An inspiring day with good players. – Chris Jones
I had a great time at the conference. I came away inspired; can’t wait until next year’s conference. – Scot Copsey
An excellent event with a nice community feel to it, I came away with a lot of tips from the seminars and also getting to meet and swap ideas with such a large number of other teachers. – Dave Donaghue
A really good enjoyable and informative day out, giving guitar tutors the opportunity to learn new concepts, increase their teaching range and chat with each other about all things guitar. – David May
I enjoyed the variety of topics covered and it’s good to catch up with other tutors. – Sean Flood
The day was fantastic, with honest and helpful advice. – Ramon Ruiz
The RGT Conference was really good, informative and fun. – Neil Bonfield
Loved all of it. If you’re serious about your guitar teaching it’s the only game in town. – Royston Vince