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Virginia Guitar Directors Association - October 2022

Dear Guitar Gurus,

We are very excited about this year’s sessions for guitar at the 2022 VMEA Professional Development Conference that will take place from Nov. 17 - 19 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. If you have not registered, keep in mind that “Early Bird Registration” ends on Oct. 15. For more information go to: .

This year’s offerings will include several sessions to support those new to teaching the guitar. The new VGDA Graded Ensemble Repertoire will be presented and discussed and will certainly prove a useful tool for your ensemble selections. There will be two ukulele features. One is a session titled, “Approaches to Using Ukulele with Elementary and Middle School General Music Classes” and the annual Ukulele Flash Mob.  Please join us in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the All-Virginia Guitar Ensemble on Nov. 18 at 1 pm!

Guitar Sessions at VMEA Conference 2022

  • Nov. 17 at 1:00 PM: Approaches to Using Ukulele with Elementary and Middle School General Music Classes. Presenter: Dr. Jackie Secoy

  • Nov. 17 at 3:30 PM: How Do You Teach a Guitar Class? Presenter: Dr. Sean Beavers

  • Nov. 18 at 10:15 AM: Graded Guitar Ensemble Repertoire: Finding Music for your Guitar Class. Presenters: Aaron Kunk & William Hart Wells

  • Nov. 18 at 1:00 PM: 2022 All-Virginia Guitar Ensemble conducted by Andrew York. Program includes the world premiere of One Night in Rome by Andrew York.

  • Nov. 18 at 4:30 PM: Guitar for the Non-Guitarist Music Educator. Presenter: Dr. Kevin Vigil

  • Nov. 18 at 5:45 PM: Forum for Beginning Guitar Teachers. Moderated by Dr. Kevin Vigil

  • Nov. 18 at 6:45 PM: Ukulele Flash Mob Performance in Lobby

  • Nov. 19 at 11:30 AM: How Do I Know What to Teach These Kids: A Survey of Classroom Guitar Methods. Presenter: Matt Trkula

Other Announcements


  • Dr. Robert Trent will be teaching guitar at the 2023 Summer Residential Governor’s School for Visual & Performing Arts. For information about this program click here:

  • Shenandoah University is hosting a Guitar Day on Sunday, October 23. The day will feature performances by SU Faculty and students, group ensemble performance by all participants, master classes and special guest artist Bokyung Byun. This event is FREE, but does require registration. Go to this link for information:

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