On Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 8:00am to 9:00am, the Texas Guitar Directors Association held their Annual Session open meeting at the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. (Republic C room, Grand Hyatt).
Presiding over the session were: Edward Grigassy, President; Dr. Michael Quantz, Vice President; Susan Rozanc, Secretary; Charles Watson, Treasurer.
President's Report: Our financials are solid, we have a growing membership, we have a good and reliable on-line membership tool, and we have moved forward on several fronts over the past year (see below). Now we need volunteer assistance with several of our very important Initiatives (see below), especially member-volunteers with strong writing abilities.
Big thank you to Mr. Floyd and Mr. Coachman and all the staff at TMEA!
Introduction to TGDA
The mission of the Texas Guitar Directors Association is to:
• Promote educational excellence in the guitar classroom through rigorous standards
• Support its members through: communication, mentorship, professional development, annual meetings, expertise-sharing, workshops and conferences;
• Support for classroom guitar programs and music education in the state of Texas.
-> FIRST All-National Guitar Orchestra (!!!), sponsored by NAfME, conducted in 2018 by Dr. Michael Quantz.
-> Guitar Teacher trainings provided by ISD's in 2018: Reports from teacher-trainers for Guitar In-Service Training: Corpus Christi ISD, Socorro ISD, Ysleta ISD, Houston ISD and Brownsville ISD.
-> Building the PML for Large Guitar Ensemble (TGDA Initiative)
-> TGDA Teacher resources, all levels K-12. EXAMPLE given: our detailed page about "Guitar-UIL-In-Texas"
-> Curation of the current S & SE UIL PML;
-> UIL sanctioning of Large Guitar Ensemble Concert and Sight-Reading;
-> All-Region Guitar Ensemble: A Report from Austin (Region 18) Region 18 All-Region Guitar Ensemble Summary, by Susan Rozanc of Austin ISD.
-> Building All-State Guitar Ensemble
-> Concert and Sight-Reading Events in 2018, and upcoming in 2019 (Brief Reports on C & SR events in: Austin, Houston, Brownsville, El Paso)
-> Best Practices Initiative - Strategies for success and strong foundations. Mr. Grigassy asked the members to think about “What works best in the guitar classroom?”
----> Classroom Set-up, Instruments, Accessories
----> Music Literacy Expectations and Sequencing (by student level)
----> Ensemble Skills (Performance, Rehearsal)
----> Preparation for Next Level (Feeder Pattern) (Address the many classroom / student situations)
----> Preparation for University-Level Music Studies / Guitar Scholarships
----> Developing Students’ Intrinsic Motivation
Open Forum: Guitar education issues in the Texas classroom
Question and Answer: WHAT ARE YOUR ISSUES or NEEDS?
All attendees were encouraged to visit our web portal:
tgda.wildapricot.org -- to Renew or Join
And to attend all the subsequent guitar-related sessions remaining in the day (Sat Feb 16).