About Blue Guitar
Blue Guitar was created to help facilitate the teaching and learning experience in school guitar classes. By combining a proven guitar method with integrated multi-media resources, Blue Guitar can streamline your classroom and maximize your students’ progress and musical achievement.
Blue Guitar is designed to meet the needs of a modern music classroom. While hard copies of the method book can be ordered, the materials are intended to be projected on a screen or interactive whiteboard. Lessons are embedded with video and/or backing audio tracks at slow and fast tempos. Blue Guitar is laid out in a suggested sequence, although it is flexible enough for teachers to easily alter the sequence.
Who writes the curriculum?
Dr. Rob Pethel is a musician, educator, and researcher based in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a B.Mus. with a concentration in classical guitar under John Sutherland in 2002 from Georgia State University (GSU). Rob’s graduate work [M.Ed., Auburn University (2010) – Ph.D., GSU, (2016)] researched guitar education, pedagogy, ethnomusicology, and public education.
In 2008, Rob initiated a classroom guitar program in the Atlanta Public School district, where he continues to teach. In addition to secondary education, he has also taught undergraduate courses at GSU in guitar and general music. Rob is active as a clinician and teaches workshops on national, state, and local levels.