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GAMA Shares Updates on Teaching Guitar Workshops

Victoria Wasylak • Supplier Scene • May 22, 2020

On Thursday, May 21, MMR received a letter from GAMA regarding the status of Teaching Guitar Workshops 2020. The letter, written by Glen McCarthy, states:

“After a GAMA board meeting in early May the decision was to have 4 [TGW] locations.

Unfortunately due to travel restrictions for out-of-state visitors in Alaska, and school closures in Maryland, we lost two of those workshops. We had high hopes for these sites, especially as Alaska was new for us in 2020 – but the teachers all understand and support our decision to cancel, and many are already planning to attend in 2021 when we return to Fairbanks

TGW will officially offer two workshops this year – Nashville and Chicago – they will be live and online in July!  The teachers who signed up for a TGW before all the mayhem will have the opportunity to take one of these classes virtually if they wish. We’ve even had a few “new” registrations come through, specifically for the virtual classes.  We plan to continue the free guitar benefit to students who attend “in-person.”  Our “virtual” participants will receive their workshops materials at their homes, but unfortunately not a guitar, as shipping individual guitars in the past has proven futile for the instruments…

Clinicians in Nashville (Trevecca Nazarene University) will be Rob Pethel and Steve Krenz. Clinicians in Chicago (VanderCook College) will be Julie Goldberg and Chris Kusmanoff.  And both workshops will be overseen remotely by myself!

Thank you for your ongoing support of TGW. Feel free to contact James and/or me with any thoughts, questions, concerns about TGW (and/or favorite new beverages and recipes – I made lobster thermidor on Saturday, and Larceny has become a favorite bourbon.)

On January 1st, 2020 there were 20 locations…and now there are 2. I hope the new ‘normal’ will allow TGW to flourish in 2021 when we return to in-person workshops.”


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