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ERIC Number: ED541293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar-22
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Guitar Conservatory
Marchetta, Lena C.
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What is the best way to fund the start-up of a non-profit music conservatory? Having studied with a line of great masters of music for many years, I would like to pass down the knowledge I have incurred to future generations of musicians. Although I have had many memorable teachers who were private instructors to me in the field of music, I have chosen to focus on the guitar to dedicate my life to while progressing the literature, literacy, study and performance, among other things, for the sake of the advancement and conservation of the guitar; Many important musicians have handed down their knowledge to students of the present day and those students (such as myself) have the obligation to pay that knowledge forward. Leopold Auer, a violinist that had works by Mozart commissioned for him, was the teacher of my classical guitar teacher Leonid Bolotine. Maestro Bolotine played violin for many years as the Concertmeister (first chair and solo violin) for the Metropolitan Opera House's Orchestra, and was the head of the Guitar Department at Mannes College of Music in Manhattan, as well as the founder of The American Institute of guitar in New York City where I served as Vice President. Maestro Bolotine used the Tarrega method of teaching the Classical Guitar. I studied with Bolotine for twelve years. Miguel Angel, who taught me Spanish Guitar for ten years, was a pupil of Miguel Llobet who was a premier editor, composer, and transcriptionist for Spanish guitar. He taught the Aguado Method of Guitar, using the Socratic Method of pedagogical teaching. His students included Joe Mazzeo of the Duprees, Anthony Mottolla, Paco de Lucia, and many other very famous guitarists. Our Conservatory Method is derived from the marriage of the Tarrega and the Aguado Methods, bringing together the best of both worlds to utilize a proven successful method of teaching to students at all levels and ages who wish to learn how to play the guitar properly. This is ancient wisdom being passed down through generations of significant musicians. Hopefully, we will help to create new musicians to "carry the torch" as have we. The founding and the steps that must be taken to insure the success and health of the conservatory are considered here, as well as what it takes to re-start a conservatory from scratch as though it were a new start-up business. As Miguel Angel has often said, "My landlord is not a philanthropist." The business side of the conservatory needs scrutiny and exploration in order to grow and thrive successfully. This is a study of that business side of the conservatory, and a focus on what it entails to open and maintain the conservatory successfully for future generations to come.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A