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Classical Guitar

Summer School for young people

Introduction

This summer school is for young guitarists aged 12–17 who want to spend a week playing guitar and focusing on improving their technical and musical skills.

Throughout this course, students will develop skills to help them in further study, audition preparation, competition entry and practice planning. At the beginning of the week each student will be assessed on technique, musicianship and current level, enabling tutors to tailor the course to the individual’s needs.

You will have the opportunity to experience the life of a full-time music student whilst working with our renowned conservatoire teaching staff.

This summer school is open to young classical guitarists aged 12–17 who are looking for an intensive, inspirational learning experience.

During the course you will:

  • develop technically and musically
  • build repertoire and performance experience
  • receive advice for practice planning and further study
  • access guitar teaching of the highest level
  • meet like-minded guitarists and develop ensemble skills

Introduction

This summer school is for young guitarists aged 12–17 who want to spend a week playing guitar and focusing on improving their technical and musical skills.

Throughout this course, students will develop skills to help them in further study, audition preparation, competition entry and practice planning. At the beginning of the week each student will be assessed on technique, musicianship and current level, enabling tutors to tailor the course to the individual’s needs.

You will have the opportunity to experience the life of a full-time music student whilst working with our renowned conservatoire teaching staff.

This summer school is open to young classical guitarists aged 12–17 who are looking for an intensive, inspirational learning experience.

During the course you will:

  • develop technically and musically
  • build repertoire and performance experience
  • receive advice for practice planning and further study
  • access guitar teaching of the highest level
  • meet like-minded guitarists and develop ensemble skills

Course outline

Daily Warm-up

Morning group classes will focus on warm-up exercises and techniques, setting up the hands for each full study day. helpful tips to avoid injury and how to get the best out of every practice session will also be covered.

Individual Lessons

One to one lessons will focus on developing the student’s interpretation and understanding of current repertoire and knowledge of the instrument. Technical weaknesses will be identified with tutors offering solutions and repertoire for further study.

Technique Class

Peter Stewart will lead groups working on scales, arpeggios, slurs, stretches, tone production, posture and other areas of classical guitar technique.

Performance Class

Students will have the opportunity to perform to fellow students in a more formal class directed by Matthew McAllister. Matthew will be working on improving stage presence as well as techniques for calming nerves.

Tab Clinic

So you think tab is so much easier than reading music? The Tab clinic will dispel all the myths and get you up to speed with all of the advantages of reading music.

Guitar Orchestra/Guitar Ensembles

Guitarists rarely have the opportunity to play together in large groups. Participation in this class will encourage and develop chamber music skills and demonstrate the importance of teamwork whilst producing high quality music making.

Repertoire Class

Students will be guided through the main study books/technical manuals available today alongside an introduction to the cornerstones of the guitar repertoire and their historical importance to the instrument’s development.

Sight Reading

An in-depth look at the skills required to play a piece of music at sight. Skills developed here include key signature recognition, rhythmical accuracy when reading from a score, note recognition, chordal awareness and positional playing on the guitar.

Improvisation/Creativity Class

Students are exposed to and encouraged to develop improvisation techniques within small groups led by Michael McGeary in this class. any compositions that the students have to share or any experience with more popular guitar styles such as folk, blues and jazz are welcome.

Financial Support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

How to apply for Agnes Allan Bursary

Your bursary application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course. You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application.

Please complete the online bursary application form.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Indicative schedule

Indicative Schedule

Day One: Monday 17 July

  • 9.45am: Welcome
  • 10:00 – 10:45 Daily Warm Up Class
  • 10:45 – 11:15 Break
  • 11:15 – 12:30 Rhythm Class with Peter Stewart
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:30 The Fretboard is Smaller than you think! Peter Stewart
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Guitar Orchestra
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Break
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Performance Class

Day Two: Tuesday 18 July

  • 10:00 – 10:45 Daily Warm Up Class
  • 10:45 – 11:15 Break
  • 11:15 – 12:30 Rhythm Class with Peter Stewart
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Audition Preparation (Pass or Fail) Matthew McAllister
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Guitar Orchestra
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Break
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Performance Class

Day Three: Wednesday 19 July

  • 10:00 – 10:45 Daily Warm Up Class
  • 10:45 – 11:15 Break
  • 11:15 – 12:30 Rhythm Class with Peter Stewart
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Nails – All Questions Answered with Peter Stewart
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Guitar Orchestra
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Break
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Performance Class

Day Four : Thursday 20 July

  • 10:00 – 10:45 Daily Warm Up Class
  • 10:45 – 11:15 Break
  • 11:15 – 12:30 Rhythm Class with Peter Stewart
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Guitar Orchestra
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Advanced Technique Class with Matthew McAllister
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Break
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Performance Class

Day Five: Friday 21 July

  • 10:00 – 10:45 Guitar Orchestra
  • 10:45 – 11:15 Break
  • 11:15 – 12:30 Stage Deportment with Peter Stewart
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:30 Masterclass with Allan Neave
  • 15:30 – 17:00 Sharing for friends and family

Entry requirements

This is an open access course and is available to any young musician aged 12–17 who is keen to learn more about the guitar. There are no specific entry requirements.

Preparing for your course

Please wear long sleeved T-shirts or tops as this will prevent your arms sticking to the edges of the guitar. Please also bring pencils, an eraser, a notebook, spare strings, a tuner, a footstool or other guitar supports.

At a glance...

Classical Guitar 20170721 Application Deadline: 20170619

Offers

Booking more than one course?

Save money when booking more than one course. We offer tuition fee reductions when you book more than one course – contact us at lifelong@rcs.ac.uk for more information.

Teaching staff

Matthew McAllister

Matthew McAllister Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented classical guitarists in Europe. After an extremely busy start to his professional career, Matthew has been delighting audiences across Europe and beyond with his thoughtful performances and effortless presentation. From renaissance miniatures to contemporary masterpieces, Matthew’s style is an eclectic one that is reflected in his critically acclaimed and vast output with Natural Studio Records. Matthew studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Allan Neave, and during his studies he toured with Scottish Ballet, performed at The 5th & 7th Simon Bolivar Guitar Festivals held at The Venezuelan Embassy in London, and appeared on BBC and TVE Spanish Television. Since graduating with Honours, Matthew has enjoyed continued success and is a regular performer and educator at Classical Guitar Festivals and Concert Series worldwide.

Matthew has performed live on British, Spanish, Malaysian, Peruvian and Chilean television, and has been featured on numerous radio broadcasts worldwide. Matthew has also toured extensively throughout North & South America, Europe and Asia both as a soloist and chamber musician. Matthew has performed at major venues across the world such as The Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Caesars Palace (Las Vegas), Cenart (Mexico City), The Purcell Room (London), Oberste Stadtkirche (Iserlohn), Eugene O’Neil Theatre (San Jose), The Teatro Britanico (Lima) and The Barockmuseum (Salzburg).

Website: http://www.matthewmcallister.com

Michael McGeary

As a young boy, Michael learned to play the mandolin and performed regularly with the Edinburgh Ukrainian Mandolin Orchestra. At the age of 11, he took up guitar and in 1978 became the first guitarist to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Michael has performed numerous recitals throughout the UK as a soloist, accompanist and member of the Edinburgh Guitar Quartet, as well as giving concerto performances. He has broadcast on both BBC and commercial radio. Several original works have been dedicated to him, most notably Threnody (1990) by the Turkish Armenian composer Gilbert Biberian. Throughout Michael’s illustrious teaching career, over 30 of his students have progressed to full-time musical studies at conservatoires and universities in the UK.

In 1999, he was nominated for Yamaha Instrumental Teacher of the Year.

In 2004, Michael was appointed Head of the Instrumental Music Service in Edinburgh and managed 80 instrumental teachers. He was also responsible for the musical education of around 5,000 pupils. As chair of the Heads of Instrumental Teaching Scotland, he organised an education conference (2008) which attracted over 1,000 teachers from all over Scotland.

Michael’s introductory guitar book The Guitar Tree was first published in 2009 and to date has sold almost 3,000 copies. In 2012, he returned to full-time teaching and hopes to write new didactic material. He now teaches in Edinburgh schools, for the Royal Conservatoire’s Junior Conservatoire and St. Mary’s specialist music school.

Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart lectures at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Aberdeen City Music School and has previously taught at Aberdeen College of Music and Performing Arts.

Peter performed for 16 years with Irish guitarist Tracey Boyd; they were endorsed as Savarez Artists and were highly praised by respected critics for their musically sensitive, emotive and stylish performances. The duo performed throughout the UK and Europe and broadcast for BBC Radio Scotland. Many works were dedicated to them; most notably a series of works composed by John W. Duarte and published by Mel Bay USA. During that period, Peter directed the Glasgow Classical Guitar Workshop and the very successful Oatridge International Guitar Festival.

Peter’s success as a composer has been met with international critical acclaim and his music has been performed as far afield as the USA, South America and Russia. Many of his works have been commercially recorded by international artists including Alfonso Montes (Venezuela), Irina Kircher (Germany), Antonio De Innocentis (Italy) Matthew McAllister (UK) and Professor Allan Neave (UK); he is published by Guitar Score Publications (Scotland), Ricordi (England) and Chanterelle (Germany).

Peter is also an adjudicator for Live Music Now – Wales, the Fife Music Festival and the Rago International Competition at the Stuttgart Musikschule, Germany.

Professor Allan Neave

Professor Allan Neave will be running a Guest Artist Masterclass on this summer school. Allan is Senior Lecturer in Strings and Head of Guitar Studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (1984) and the Royal Northern College of Music (1988) and has since been performing worldwide. Allan is a regular guest at many of the world’s leading musical events and has worked with many influential musicians including Nikita Koshkin, Edward McGuire, Hans Werner Henze and Stephen Dodgson.

To date, some of Allan’s career highlights include recording Gordon McPherson’s concerto Born of Funk and Fear of Failing with new music group, Psappha, performing Scottish Guitar Music in Peru, a tour of Australia with virtuoso flautist Alison Mitchell, a tour of the far east with Tetra Guitar quartet, performances of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in their prom season and recording the soundtrack for a film documentary about the great Scottish painter, John Bellany.

Allan has also been Artistic Director of the Dundee International Guitar Festival since its inception and in 2000 he received the ‘Scotland on Sunday’ Glenfiddich® Spirit of Scotland Award for Music. These awards were set up to recognise individuals who lead the way in Scottish culture.