Guitar Starz Club is a music program like no other in the GTA. We deliver the best musical experience to our students through the implementation of new technologies and up-to-date concepts in music education. At Guitar Starz Club, we have developed a program that is based on the gamification of learning. Gamification of Learning is an educational approach that motivates students to learn by using game mechanics and game design techniques in learning environments. Through the use of these techniques we are able to maximize enjoyment and engagement by capturing the interest of our students and inspiring them to continue learning.
Guitar Starz Club is a music program that is delivered in your school during lunch hour and/or as an after school program. It was founded by Award Winning Guitarist, Composer, Music Producer and Educator, Juan Valencia. His vision is to provide an engaging environment that gives children the opportunity to learn music and express themselves with confidence while having fun playing the guitar with their friends. “Learning music should be fun from day one” is the philosophy of Juan Valencia, whom from experience has seen many talented children, including himself being deterred from music education.
The Guitar Starz Club program has been designed for students from grades 3 to 8. It consists of one-hour group lessons of a maximum of 10 students per class. The groups are organized according to skill level (beginner, intermediate and advanced), as well as age group. This program has been developed to teach students from day one, the theory and techniques involved in playing the guitar through the use of educational gaming tools and a custom designed “gamified” environment. With this unique cutting edge system, students are consistently engaged by connecting and collaborating with each other, by receiving immediate feedback and by continually being challenged. Students are also encouraged to progress with a reward system based on their achievements. Rewards such as Starz and Points are used to elevate proficiency by showcasing the talents, expertise, and accomplishments of our students. This system has proven to be extremely successful in fuelling deeper engagement and with extremely rapid results.
In addition to this method of learning the groups develop a fun repertoire of songs they enjoy playing together as a group. These songs are performed in front of an audience during different school events as well as in the final recital at the end of the school year.
A Board of Directors of volunteer parents guide our program, and their vision is implemented by our Executive Director and Program Coordinator.