Membership Benefits

  • Your details will be listed on the RGT@LCM’s popular and heavily-promoted website Many of our members find this invaluable in helping them to gain students. When anyone searches the internet for ‘guitar teachers’, the RGT@LCM is usually one of the first websites that is listed. You can also have a link to your website if you wish.
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    If you don’t wish to have your details displayed online, you can choose to be ‘ex-directory’ – simply sign in to your account and un-tick the 'publish my details' option.

    If you would like a link to your website, you first need to set up an active link from your site to the RGT@LCM website. To do this, please sign in to your account and go to the logos resource page - follow the instructions on this page, using the logos and links of your choice. Once that has been done, simply complete the relevant field in your 'My Info' page and a link back to your website will be set-up. Please note that this benefit is not available to Associate RGT@LCM members.

  • Receive an RGT@LCM Membership Certificate showing that you are a ‘Registered Guitar Tutor’, which is suitable for display in your music teaching room. A wide range of free downloadable teaching materials are available from the Members Area of the RGT@LCM website.
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    These resources are provided by RGT@LCM free of charge for RGT@LCM members to use in their teaching. The resources may be freely printed by current RGT@LCM members and distributed to students providing they are not ‘sold’ and providing the RGT@LCM acknowledgement at the bottom of each sheet is not omitted.

  • Obtain substantial discounts if you enter any of the RGT@LCM Electric Guitar Teaching Diplomas.
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    There are three levels of fully-accredited Electric Guitar Teaching Diploma available: Diploma Of The London College Of Music - DipLCM(TD), Associate Of The London College Of Music - ALCM(TD) and Licentiate Of The London College Of Music - LLCM(TD).

    Each Diploma provides electric guitar teachers with the opportunity to gain a recognised professional qualification. The reduced fees for RGT-registered tutors (for the complete examination) are available on the fees page. The full syllabus and entry form can be obtained by going to the diplomas section of the exams page.

  • Receive three issues per year of Guitar Tutor magazine - the only publication aimed specifically at the needs and interests of all guitar teachers. This is full of useful information and advice about guitar teaching methods and practices, guitar examinations, reviews of teaching materials and much more.
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    RGT@LCM members are invited to send in any letters or articles for publication in future issues. You can view articles from past issues on the RGT@LCM blog.

  • Access the RGT@LCM’s Tutor Advice and Support Service, enabling you to receive help and advice on all teaching matters from experienced examiners and educators. Just e-mail your query to and you will receive a reply normally within 48 hours.
  • Discounted entry to the RGT@LCM Annual Guitar Teachers Conference and other events.
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    The RGT@LCM Conference is an ideal opportunity for guitar teachers to gain valuable professional development training with seminars by top music educators and also to meet other teachers and learn about the work of the RGT. It is held in autumn each year at the University of West London in London and is the ‘event of the year’ for anyone who teaches guitar. A series of seminars for teachers are also offered throughout the year.

  • Your students can gain accelerated entry onto the Academy of Contemporary Music’s Diploma and Degree courses and you will receive a referral fee if your students study on full-time courses at ACM.
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    Contact the RGT@LCM office to obtain a special RGT/ACM entry form. The referral fee will be a one-off payment as follows: £350 for each student who joins the ACM Degree course (RGT@LCM grade 7 entrance requirement); £175 for each student who joins the ACM Higher Diploma course (RGT@LCM grade 5 entrance requirement); £250 for each student who joins the ACM Diploma course (RGT@LCM grade 2 entrance requirement). Please note that in order for the tutor to receive the referral fee, the student MUST apply using the special RGT/ACM entry form and include the tutor’s name on this application. The referral fee will not be payable if the student fails to provide the tutor’s name on the form, or uses a standard ACM application form. Referral fees will normally be paid by ACM within 16 weeks of the student’s commencement on a full-time course at ACM.

  • RGT@LCM members receive discounts on RGT@LCM publications and other guitar education books and DVDs from
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    The 10% discount is available to RGT@LCM members at If you are regularly ordering more than £100 of books you are advised to contact Music Exchange to set up a Mail Order Account.:

    Music Exchange (Manchester) Ltd
    Mail Order Department
    Claverton Road
    Manchester M23 9ZA
    0161 946 9301

  • RGT@LCM membership is available from £47 in the UK and from £19 in selected countries outside the UK.
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    Country 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years
    UK & Europe £47 £117 £150
    Greece Membership information is available at the RGT@LCM Greece website.
    USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India £19 £49 £79
    Rest of the World £47 £117 £150

Additional benefits for RGT@LCM UK members only:

  • Obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. A DBS disclosure provides reassurance for potential students and their parents.
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    RGT@LCM has made a special arrangement with a DBS umbrella body called 'Osborne Cawkwell Limited'. All applications are completed online after you have paid the fee (£65) to Osborne Cawkwell. Please contact to apply and they will talk you through it

    Here is how the process works:

    • On receipt of an email from an RGT tutor, someone at Osborne Cawkwell will email back with some further information about the e-DBS process and ask you for payment in advance
    • Once the payment is received, they will create your application and you will be sent a link from GBG Online Disclosures where you can start your application (be aware that it may go to your junkbox)
    • You will then be walked through a step-by-step guide of how to fill out the application and which documents to supply
    • Once completed, you will be given a verifying sheet to print off and take to the Post Office for ID checking (this service costs £5 (+VAT) and is payable on site
    • The Post Office will verify the documents the applicant has selected, sign off the form on their system and the form then gets submitted to the DBS
    • The certificate will take up to 10 days to be processed and sent directly to your home address
    • Upon receiving your disclosure, it is good to know and remember that you have 30 days from the certificate's issued date to apply to the DBS Update Service. This is useful to avoid applying for another check if you were to work for someone else for example in the near future. Your status will get updated automatically and new employers can check this online instead of making you apply for a new one. This can be done ​for a small annual fee through the DBS website directly:

  • RGT@LCM members can obtain public liability Insurance from specialist insurance broker PolicyBee at a 40% discount. Any guitar teacher who has visitors to their premises or who visits students’ homes should have public liability insurance. For enquiries or to take out a policy please contact PolicyBee on 0345 222 5391 or e-mail
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    This scheme entitles you to £1,000,000 level of cover and is available to all RGT@LCM members at just £50 per year including Insurance Premium Tax – this is well below their standard charge of £84 for non-RGT@LCM members. Please note that when taking out the policy it is essential you quote the reference ‘RGT’ in order to obtain the 50% RGT@LCM members discount.

  • RGT@LCM members can obtain Musical Instrument Insurance from specialist insurers Allianz at a 10% discount. For more information, contact Allianz Musical Insurance direct on 0870 240 0303 or via their website Alternatively, contact the RGT@LCM office and we will send you the details by post.
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    There are two different types of policy, ‘ClassicPlay’ for acoustic instruments and ‘PowerPlay’ for electric instruments, including amps, effects units and accessories. Cover can be limited to ‘home only’ or extended to ‘left in vehicle’ and you can choose UK-only cover or extend this to Europe and even worldwide. Please note that when taking out the policy it is essential you quote the reference ‘RGT’ in order to obtain the 10% RGT@LCM members discount.

  • Obtain private medical cover at low corporate rates (saving up to 40% on individual rates) from HMCA (the Hospital and Medical Care Association). HMCA have provided medical cover to members of many of the UK’s professional associations since the 1970s. Other benefit plans are available. Online information is available at or alternatively contact the RGT@LCM office.
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    The Registry of Guitar Tutors has negotiated with HMCA to offer discounted rates for medical plans, dental plan, hospital cash plans, personal accident plan, travel plan, life cover, income protection and vehicle breakdown products.

    Are you paying too much for your present private medical plan? Why not take a look at the HMCA plans and compare the benefits and subscriptions offered? You may transfer to HMCA at any age and without a medical examination; there will be no break in protection and there is a 30 day money-back guarantee.

    HMCA only offer medical plans to membership groups and can offer up to a 40% discount off the underwriter’s standard rates. This is a comprehensive plan which provides generous cash benefits for surgery and other charges

    Who are HMCA? - HMCA has specialised in providing benefits and services to associations and professional groups since the 1970s. HMCA is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    For further information and quotations contact HMCA by telephone on 01423 799949 or visit the exclusive HMCA Registry of Guitar Tutors website here:

  • Ivor Mairants Musicentre in London offers RGT@LCM members special prices on various classical guitars, from beginner to professional models. Visit them at their central London store, go online at
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    The discount given will vary depending on the type of guitar purchased.

    The store address is 56 Rathbone Place (off Oxford Street), London, W1T 1JT.

    Proof of RGT@LCM membership may be required in order to obtain the discount.


General Enquiries: 020 8231 2751 -
Membership Enquiries: 020 8231 2055 -

RGT@LCM, University of West London, St Mary's Road, London W5 5RF


Honorary Patrons

Sir Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Hank Marvin, Ronnie Wood, Suzi Quatro, Carlos Bonell, Neil Murray, Gordon Giltrap, John Etheridge, John Illsley, Glenn Tilbrook, Dave Kelly