Guitar Initiative Workshop Schedule Spring 2018

posted Sep 25, 2015, 2:06 PM by Edward Grigassy   [ updated May 12, 2018, 3:24 PM ]
Here are the dates and times for the free Guitar Initiative workshops for the SPRING SEMESTER 2018:

Thursdays, 4:30pm - 5:45pm, Bellaire High School, Room 263

Jan. 11, 18, 25
Feb. 1, 8, 22             (NO meeting Feb. 15)
Mar. 1, 8, 22, 29      (NO meeting Mar. 15)
Apr. 5, 12, 19           (NO meeting Apr. 26)
May 3, 10, 17           (NO meeting May 24, come see the student recital at Sylvan-Rodriguez Elementary instead! 5:00pm)

Major local guitar education events:

HISD All-City Guitar Festival, Feb. 24. 2018, Pershing Middle School, 8:30am - 3:00pm, FREE
Bellaire HS Guitar Fesitval, Apr. 23, 24 and 25, 2018. Evening concerts of beginning classes, start at 7pm, Bellaire HS Auditorium, FREE
Bellaire HS Guitar Fesitval, Apr. 26, 2018. Evening concerts of advanced classes, start at 7pm, Bellaire HS Auditorium, FREE
Bellaire HS Guitar Fesitval, Apr. 27. CLASS CONCERTS. Day time concerts each period, 8:30am - 2:15pm, Bellaire HS Auditorium, FREE
The Summer Guitar Conservatory, June 18-21, 2018 -- Pershing Middle School, FREE for the student, includes an Adult Class and a Guitar Teacher's Workshop.

Questions you may have:

1) Can I bring my children?  Yes.  They can participate in the guitar class (a great chance to work with new beginning students), or they can work on homework. 
 
2) Should I bring a guitar?  Only if you really want to bring yours.  We have a class set of full-sized guitars for us to use.  If you have children that will 
participate in the class, ages 6 to 13, you may want to bring a 1/2- or 3/4–size guitar for them.  We will teach classical guitar (right hand fingerstyle) technique 
on nylon-stringed guitars.

3) Do I need to know how to play guitar?  No!  We will be presenting the GuitarCurriculum.com program, created by Austin Classical Guitar society, 
and it does NOT require that the teacher knows how to play the classical guitar.  We will spend time every week learning basic techniques, and learning 
how to teach these techniques to new beginner students.  Our goal is to make sure you will always be several steps ahead of your student.

4) Do I need to be a music teacher?  Not necessarily.  Ideally you are familiar with how to teach note-reading, rhythms and how to conduct an ensemble 
(with or without a baton), but even without all this, as long as you have had some musical training, you are welcome to attend.  Special instruction is available 
to prepare you for the music content test for TEA, if you wish to add Music K-12 to your current Texas teaching certificate.

5) Can I add guitar to my existing program?  Yes.  We will discuss how to obtain instruments and the necessary accessories you will need for your specific 
situation.  As of now, we are beginning a fundraiser for this project, but ideally your school (or you personally) would help purchase instruments.

6) Where do I park?  You may park in the faculty parking lot entrance on S. Rice.  Bellaire H.S. is located on S. Rice and Maple.  This is about 2 blocks north 
of Beechnut on S. Rice in Bellaire.  The complete address is 5100 Maple St., Bellaire, TX 77401

7) Do I need to check in at the main office?  Not if you have a HISD badge.  Only adults (18 and over) that are not HISD employees would need to check in.

8) Other questions?  Call or email  Edward Grigassy:  832-693-8345,  egrigass@houstonisd.org
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