The "Estudio de arte guitarrístico" of Manuel López Ramos
The purpose of this study has been to compiled into one volume a clear, direct explanation of the educational and musical philosophies which have guided Manuel Lopez Ramos in his role as director of the Estudio de Arte Guitarristico since he founded it in 1962. This study clarifies the methodology for guitar studies at that school in Mexico City. An examination of the Estudio de Arte Guitarristico as a school is undertaken. This is a school founded by a performing artist with a passion for teaching not just the very gifted, but also those with no special talent other than a sincere desire to play the guitar. This school, in its thirty-sixth year of operation, offers a comprehensive plan of study in guitar consisting of eight courses in three sections, which leads to the awarding of a Diploma. The faculty consists of Maestro Lopez Ramos and six graduates of the program. This school claims to be the first in the world to develop a singular tradition in the study of the guitar. On May 24th, 25th, and 26th of 1997, the author conducted a series of taped interviews with Maestro Lopez Ramos at his home in Mexico City. Lopez Ramos is of the opinion that anyone has the right to learn; not just the privileged few and the exceptionally gifted. This study explains the methodology Lopez Ramos employs in implementing this philosophy. Finally, a comprehensive view of the Estudio de Arte Guitarristico is presented, with implications for further research.