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Classical Guitar (for ages 12 +)

Summer School for Young People

Introduction

This summer school is for young guitarists aged 12+ 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 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

The course will culminate in a performance for friends and family on the Friday afternoon.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 15 June 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

This summer school is for young guitarists aged 12+ 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 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

The course will culminate in a performance for friends and family on the Friday afternoon.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 15 June 2018 at 12pm.

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

This will include group work 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 whilst improving stage presence and learning 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 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.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



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.

 

Entry requirements

This is an open access course and is available to any young musician aged 12+ 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 (for ages 12 – 17) 20180720 Application Deadline: 20180615

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look!

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

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

Allan Neave

Allan Neave studied at the RSAMD (1984) and the RNCM (1988) and since then has been performing worldwide. He is a regular guest at many of the worlds leading musical events and has worked with many influential musicians including Nikita Koshkin, Edward McGuire, Hans Werner Henze, Gordon McPherson and Stephen Dodgson. To date career highlights have included 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 and a further tour of the far east with Tetra Guitar quartet, performances of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the RSNO in their prom season and recording the soundtrack for a film documentary about the great Scottish painter, John Bellany. Allan has 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.

Recordings/Film

2008

THE ISLAND TAPES: CELTIC MUSIC TO SCOTTISH ARCHIVE FILM

SMD618 ( smiddymade records) It features the full soundtrack as an audio CD and all six ‘Island Tapes’ films with soundtrack on the DVD.

‘A very important recording.’ – Living Tradition Magazine’

‘A magical musical tour ‘-

‘Heart rendingly successful.’

‘Fantastically played music.’

2006

GUITARRA INTERNACIONAL

NSR CD 006 (naturalstudio records)

‘Allan Neave performs all compositions with an outstanding and intriguing showcase of guitar
techniques on a soulful and moving musical journey.’

(Bridge Guitar Reviews)


2004

CARMEN – TETRA Guitar Quartet

(Cadenza Music)

‘Players of first rate technical control and sensitive musicianship. TETRA ranks amongst the
very best in the world’

2003

DETOURS – PSAPPHA

Works by Gordon McPherson including guitar concerto ‘ Born of Funk and The Fear of Failing’<
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MSV CD92073(Metier)

‘Born of Funk and The Fear of Failing, a thoroughly engrossing guitar concerto (soloist Allan
Neave; I found it one of the most successful of contemporary guitar concertos I know.’

1999

FRIENDS IN STRANGE PLACES – by Gordon McPherson

(for multi tracked guitars and percussion)

Commissioned recording for the opening of Dundee Contemporary Arts

1998

THE BALDRAGON DUO

CELTIC/JAZZ CROSSOVER album with jazz virtuoso Don Paterson

1997

THE ISLE IS FULL OF NOISES

BGCD 104 New Scottish music for solo guitar by Edward McGuire, Alasdair Nicolson, Thomas
Wilson and Peter Maxwell Davies

Classical Net Gramophone – Folker (Germany) – Akustik Gitarre (Germany) Stornoway Gazett

 

Website: http://www.allanneave.co.uk