Teaching Guitar Workshops: History

Teaching Guitar Workshops: A History of Building Shared Value

The Teaching Guitar Workshops – aka TGW – were started by members of GAMA, NAMM and NAfME in 1995. The objective: help school music educators start or enhance classroom guitar programs and deliver more music making opportunities to children.

Between 1995 – 2023 over 3,500 school music teachers across the United States, Canada, Germany, and even Bermuda have enjoyed TGW. GAMA’s studies suggest that over 500,000 students have learned guitar in schools because of the TGW. Download the Independent Audit here.

The program succeeded because it has created value for everyone involved.

Teachers: The program gives music educators new skills, which translates to job security, and more students.
Students: Classroom guitar programs attract kids who were not previously involved in school music. Guitar programs have also helped “at-risk” kids get more involved in school and improve their performance.

Guitar Industry: More classroom guitar programs mean more sales. Kids and schools need guitars, books, and all sorts of accessories.

If you are a school music educator and you would like to learn how to start a classroom guitar program in your school visit our www.guitaredunet.org for information and applications.

Visit the GAMA member page to find out which companies are supporting the Teaching Guitar Workshops. This program is supported by the music products industry, we encourage all industry members to join.