Guitar Teachers’ Forum—Saturday Dec.2, 2023

Come together…

On Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST we invite all teachers (both classroom and studio) to join us for a free virtual forum.  We’re interested in building a broad community network of guitar educators and welcome input and ideas from all.  Come and share your best practices, your challenges, and your triumphs.   Connect with others who are either working to develop new guitar programs or are already established master teachers.  

To attend, register below.  

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Forum Panel Leaders

Stephen Mattingly

Stephen enjoys a vibrant career as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisville, where he directs classical guitar studies. His students have won top prizes in international competitions and serve in teaching positions at high schools and colleges. He is a member of the Kentucky Arts Council Performing Arts Directory and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Silesian Guitar Autumn in Poland, the Panamá Guitar Festival, the Tampere Festival in Finland, the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, and the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in Germany, among others. more

Thomas Kikta

As a Classical Guitarist, Vocalist, Composer, Pedagogue, Producer, Audio Engineer and Author Thomas Kikta is a versatile artist who has been the director of the Classical Guitar and Recording Arts and Sciences at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. for thirty years.  He has performed around the country, including collaborations with the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, Ricardo Cobo, and Manuel Barrueco.  He is also videographer and editor of the 3-volume Shearer Method (Alfred Music), and Classic Guitar Technique I.

Alan Hirsh

Guitarist/educator/composer Alan Hirsh wrote the music for the three-volume Shearer Method (Alfred Music) and Learning the Classic Guitar by Aaron Shearer (Mel Bay) and is the author of Classroom Shearer: a Teacher’s Manual, The Shearer Method Book IV: Guitar Harmony, and The Shearer Method Book V: Learning the Fingerboard Supplement.  Alan is a frequent guest conductor at festivals around the country including the Long Island Guitar Festival and the ASU Guitarfest and has an extensive online catalogue of his guitar compositions and arrangements at

Kami Rowan

Dr. Rowan is Charles A. Dana Professor of Music at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Kami’s students have attended some of the best graduate programs in the country and been finalists in major competitions. Kami is the director of the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival, and also directs the US Guitar Orchestra.  Dr. Rowan completed her DMA and MM degrees at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University studying with Dr. Glenn Caluda. Kami also studied with Aaron Shearer, at North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received her BM in performance. Dr. Rowan currently sits on six non-profit boards, and is president of the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society.