Now in its 18th year, the Guitar Workshop Plus summer music education program has announced its 2020 schedule and early registration discounts. Confirmed session dates are:
- San Diego, CA Session – June 21 – 26, 2020 at the Lafayette Hotel
- Seattle, WA Session – July 19 – 24, 2020 at Northwest University
- Nashville, TN Session – July 19 – 24, 2020 at Middle Tennessee State University
- Toronto, ON Session – July 26 – July 31, 2020 at the Kingbridge Conference Centre
Limited-time registration incentives are being offers, including discounts and gear giveaways. Expansion over the past few years now sees Guitar Workshop Plus sessions bring offered in four major cities due to popular demand.
Of the company’s recent expansion and locations, GWP Director Brian Murray says, “The response has been so positive in all of our locations, so we’re happy to be returning to these great cities. We’re also really excited with our new venue in Toronto, which is a fantastic conference centre and hotel. All of our locations offer amazing facilities, classrooms, performance venues, accommodations, dining facilities, and more. Attendees of all ages have come to expect a fantastic experience when they attend our program due to the outstanding faculty, guest artists, networking, learning and performance opportunities. Having these great venues adds that much more to the experience.”
In addition to a faculty roster of first-call musicians and teachers, the list of iconic artists who have worked with the administration includes: Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Robben Ford, John Scofield, Steve Vai, Rik Emmett, Randy Bachman, Paul Gilbert, Andy Summers (The Police), Billy Sheehan, Pierre Bensusan, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Orianthi, John Abercrombie, Duke Robillard, Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, John Jorgenson, Victor Wooten, Jennifer Batten, Tosin Abasi, Guthrie Govan, Eric Gales, Stu Hamm, and Mark Lettieri.
Designed for aspiring musicians of all ages including teenagers, adult hobbyists, students pursuing music careers, semi-professional and professional musicians, the program offers students a unique setting for intense musical and personal growth. As well, this program allows for group development (entire bands will sometimes attend) and the family experience (father and son, mother and daughter, brothers and sisters, etc.). The program provides students with the opportunity to study multiple styles, courses, and levels with some of the industry’s leading musicians. Having enjoyed the experience of a lifetime, students leave each session with enough material to work on until the following year. By directing instruction to the student’s personal style, level of experience, and musical goals, the program creates a healthy, non-competitive environment in which to learn. Courses are offered for all levels (Beginner to Advanced), ages (12 through Adult), and styles including blues, jazz, rock, acoustic, and classical. The intensive bass, drum, keyboard, vocal, and songwriting courses cover many styles and afford students with many rhythm section and ensemble performance opportunities. Each day consists of morning and afternoon classes that involve a hands-on approach, late afternoon clinics (songwriting, improvisation, vocal, etc.), ensemble performances, and evening concerts.