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University of West London acquires Registry of Guitar Tutors to offer more music exams

Laura  Barnes
University of West London acquires Registry of Guitar Tutors to offer more music exams

The University of West London (UWL) has acquired the Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT).

The merger means the UWL and its affiliated school, London College of Music (LCM), will offer more popular music exams than ever before to students from across the globe.

Since it was created in 1992, the RGT has partnered with London College of Music Examinations, to provide internationally recognised accredited exams across the spectrum of popular guitar music in electric, rock, acoustic, jazz, classical and bass guitar - from beginner to Diploma level.

The RGT is now the world’s largest organisation of guitar teachers and leading provider of popular music guitar exams.  This new merger provides LCM with the opportunity to work more closely with the 1,600 tutors currently registered, and grow this popular genre.
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The news comes as UWL’s celebrated founder, Tony Skinner, retires.

Sara Raybould, director of London College of Music, paid tribute to Skinner at the recent 2016 Registry of Guitar Tutors Annual Conference, outlining the benefit of the acquisition to the University and students of guitar music worldwide. 

“As Tony retires the natural home for the RGT is London College of Music. This merger is of great importance to the University and we are looking forward to fully integrating RGT into the University operations; it offers many exciting prospects for the growth and development of accreditation for the Guitar Industry, bringing it into line with more established areas of accreditation and giving access to high quality guitar education for students of all ages and backgrounds from around the world.

“We now have the channels to expand even further internationally, offering a comprehensive suite of music qualifications spanning all genres from classical to rock.”

Patron of the RGT, and acclaimed acoustic and electric guitarist and composer Gordon Giltrap, commented: “RGT represents Tony’s original vision built over 25 solid years. I’m so pleased it will be continuing with the merger with LCM exams and this exciting new chapter in RGT’s history and guitar education worldwide.  I am so proud to be part of this future.”

The RGT@LCM will be managed by London College of Music Examinations under the stewardship of Professor John Howard.

Tags: rgt , acquisition , education , registry of guitar tutors , university of west london , UWL , Tony Skinner

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