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Hi Everyone,

Having done shamefully little work on the [sign in to see URL] site myself for some years now, I am really grateful to you guys for keeping the ball rolling with this forum, which I am so pleased to see is really alive and kicking!

I have finally freed up enough time to develop a project which has been at the back of my mind for a few years now. That is to set up a 3-day Intensive Workshop for anyone who would like to Improve their skills and performance as a guitar teacher.

I have set up a preliminary info page at the link below, but would really appreciate any feedback from forum members on what you might like to see built in to such an event.

Initially I intend to start it up in the UK, but, I am open to running it anywhere in the world that there's sufficient interest - especially warm, dry sunny parts of the world where there's sufficient interest emoticon

Anyway, I'd greatly appreciate any replies on the subject and invite you to submit the online form (follow link below) to register your personal interest if you think it might be just the thing for you personally.

Many Thanks!

Nick Minnion
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Hi Nick,

Can you offer anymore information at this stage ? The Course hours ? Venue ? Accomodation ?
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Thanks for your query.

At this stage I am gathering feedback via the form on the website to determine the pattern of demand. One of the problems with working in cyberspace is that its hard to get a clear picture of where people are geographically. So amongst other questions on the pre-registration form I am asking people to say where they would find it easiest to travel to. This informtion will help decide the location. The venue itself will probably be a hotel conference room. The exact course hours may also be influenced by the choice of venue. For example, if it was a venue just off the M5 between Rugby and Coventry I would probably design the course to run 9am til 8pm with a large number of short breaks. If I held it in the middle of Brighton I would probably run it with fewer breaks, but longer ones, because it's more likely people would like the chance to get out and about, walk on the beach etc.. either way I promise it will be intensive!

I will be looking to strike as good a deal on accommodation as possible at the venue itself, but will also allow for people wanting to arrange their own accommodation.

I certainly greatly appreciate feedback from you on all these points. My goal is to attend to all the details necessary to make the event a great experience for all who take part, but without your feedback I am left guessing as to people's preferences on some of these details.

So if you have been on workshops or seminars before that were really great - let me know what made them that way! Likewise, if you went on one and hated every minute of it - let me know specifically how you were let down.

I know that with a bit of help from you by way of feedback, we can make these workshops brilliant.

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Thanks for your interest,

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Hi Nick,

I'm very interested in this workshop and am sure that i would benefit greatly from it. However, looking at what the 3 days will cost me in total (workshop fee, accomodation, travel from mid Wales, food/drink etc) i think it works out a little too expensive for me.

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I do appreciate it can be problematic raising the funds for an investment of this sort, but I think it's worth taking a closer look at the maths:

Let's say it costs a total of £1000, the course, the travel, the hotel, eating well, buying a few pints for your new mates in the evening... that's a generous budget.

Now let's say that your attendence on the course raises your skill level and, critically, your confidence level by enough to increase your teaching activity by an average of just 1 hour per week.

Let's say that for this hour you charge £10.

On this perfectly realistic scenario you still get a payback on your investment in under two years (100 weeks).

When most businesses cost out capital investment projects, a two-year payback period is considered more than reasonable.

Looked at another way - you'd have to find a bank that would pay you better than 35% p.a interest to get the same return on your investment.

Actually I would be greatly disappointed if you got such a poor result from attending the course and would want to refund you the course fees (though admittedly not your other expenses).

What if we aim to increase your activity by 10 students per week?

What if we can help you become such a good teacher, that in time, you would be comfortable charging £30 per hour and still have more students battling their way through the mountains of mid-wales to come to your lessons?

It's not how good you are - it's how good you want to be.

Hope to see you there.

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Thanks for feedback - dates and venue now set


Many thanks to all those who submitted pre-registration forms for the workshop.

This has provided me with some excellent feedback and I am pleased to confirm that the first workshop is now scheduled to go ahead in June 2008.

We received submissions from as far afield as Sydney Australia and California, Western U.S.

I appreciate that not all of you will make the first workshop which we are setting up In Brighton UK, but to those of you that make the journey, I promise a fun and enlightening weekend!

There are just 20 places available on this first course, so, if you're up for it, please register as soon as possible.

Email me if you have any queries or check out the details by clicking on the link on the home page at [sign in to see URL]

Thanks once again,

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Hi Nick,

I am interested in attending.

Could you give any more information on how the course will run ? Subjects covered etc ?

Thanks.
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Hi Joe,

Here is the structure of the course as I have so far developed it. In practicing what I teach about flexible lesson planning I reserve the right to alter this to closer suit the needs of the actual participants!

BASICS (How to teach)
- Working in the right mental space
- Avoidance of over instruction
- Pacing
- Instruction and control
- Monitoring student attention
- Breaking things down

BASICS (What to teach)
- Five lines of development (Physical, conceptual ..etc)
- Getting the right mix of these lines for each student at each stage of their progress
- Exploring your guitar playing skill sphere
- Discerning the students skill sphere
- Assessments
- How to work out the right thing to teach any student next
- Sequencing what you teach correctly (if you could go back in time would you change the order in which you tried to learn things?)

THE ALL-IMPORTANT FIRST LESSON
- First lesson as sales action
- First lesson formula
- Flexibility


TEACHING IMPROVISING
- The elements of improvising
- How to teach scales so they stick
- A useful method of develop improvising skills that students of all ages really love
- Teaching techniques, licks, phrasing and timing
- Chord-based improvising
- Teaching archetypal solos
- Creating training solos

TEACHING THEORY
- Natural hierarchy of theory elements determines order of teaching
- Pure theory (what is a m7 arpeggio), Orientation (where can I find one on my guitar) and Application (what can I use it for.
- Use it or lose it
- How you can get your student to learn to love theory
- Specific element of theory that course participants have found troublesome (open discussion)


BUSINESS
Marketing
Professionalism
Maintaining boundaries
Prospering

PERSONAL ACTION PLANS
Objective assessment of your current progress as a guitar teacher and identification of your own personal underused resources.



The actual running of the course will include:

- short pithy talks aided by flip chart diagrams (not long lectures).
- live demonstrations
- lots of interactive drills between participants (taking it in equal turns to be student and teacher).
- group discussions
- a short 1:1 mentoring session with me to discuss your action plan.

Of course, if you are signing up and want anything added to the course coverage, I am very much still open to feedback. The course is for you.


Final note. Please don't be put off by the idea of learning 'BASICS' - I know that you are already quite experienced as a teacher, as are many of the participants. The course will be structured to benefit teachers and musicians of all levels.

I thank you for your interest and encouragement and very much look forward to meeting you.

Further comments questions warmly invited!

Nick
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I'd love to attend this but Brighton's a little to far for me this time around. I hope it's successful enough to inspire similar future events.

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Sounds like a great course. Don't think I can justify a trip from the States to attend [sign in to see URL] us know when you release a book based on this course! emoticon
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