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Youth Track

These classes are ideal for students 10 and under with some experience playing guitar.

9:00 am ET

Technique Class (Youth)
James Keretses

Students will be guided through a warm-up routine as well a variety of technical exercises to help them get the most out of their daily practice.

10:00 am ET

Escape Room (Youth)
James Keretses

Test your guitar knowledge and attempt to complete this virtual escape room. The five fastest students will receive a prize!

11:00 am ET

Rock and Pop Song Workshop
Sean Brennan

This workshop will focus on the building blocks of guitar in popular music. Students will learn a handful of chords in the open position and see how they are used in a variety of different songs and styles. Other skills covered will involve different strumming techniques/patterns and “playing by ear.”

Acoustic / Contemporary Track

These classes are suited for students 11 and up who have some experience playing guitar and interest lies in rock/pop or jazz guitar

9:00 am ET

Improving Through Improvisation (Traditional and Pop Melodies)
Mikel Combs

Using familiar melodies as a starting point, students will acquire some basic tools to explore improvisation.

10:00 am ET

Intro to Modern Acoustic Fingerstyle Techniques
Sean Brennan

This workshop is designed to look at the key aspects and innovations of modern acoustic guitar playing. Pioneered by guitarists such as Michael Hedges and Don Ross, the style has been made famous on the internet by the likes of Kaki King, Andy McKee, and Marcin Patrzalek. Techniques and concepts covered will include alternate tunings, artificial and slap harmonics, fingerboard tapping, and body percussion.

11:00 am ET

Escape Room (Middle School)
James Keretses

Test your guitar knowledge and attempt to complete this online guitar room. The five fastest students will receive a prize!

Jazz Guitar Workshop
Matt Stevens

Guitarist Matt Stevens will demonstrate various tools and techniques for students to explore jazz improvisation.

Classical Track

These classes and workshops are ideal for students 11 and up.

9:00 am ET

Beginner/Intermediate Technique Class
Zane Forshee and Zoë Johnstone Stewart

Students will be guided through various right hand arpeggio, left hand slur and synchronization exercises that are suitable for warming up and strengthening technical skills.

Advanced Technique Class
Thomas Viloteau

A technique class for experienced guitarists to develop their technical skills.

10:00 am ET

Making Practice Count
Ronald Pearl

We practice on a regular basis, but sometimes wonder if there are ways to make faster progress, learn pieces more quickly, and experience less frustration. This presentation will cover effective practice strategies that are applicable to all levels of a player’s development. It will cover effective time management, problem solving, maintaining repertoire, and above all, enjoying the learning process.

Improving Through Improvisation (Classical)
Mikel Combs

Engaging with your repertoire through improvisation fosters a stronger understanding of the pieces and adds another, often underestimated, perspective to performance considerations. Students will investigate some popular pieces of classical guitar repertoire and look at elements of harmony, melody and rhythm to explore improvisation.

Pre College Master Classes
Julian Gray and Thomas Viloteau

Participants will have the opportunity to observe pre-selected students work with Peabody Conservatory Faculty members Julian Gray and Thomas Viloteau. To play in the master class, please submit an application. Applications close February 28.

11:00 am ET

Escape Room (Middle School)
James Keretses

Test your guitar knowledge and attempt to complete this online guitar room. The five fastest students will receive a prize!

Effective Tools for Guitar Composition
Leo Welch

Guitarist and composer Leo Welch will discuss and play compositional tools that will enable you to compose effectively for guitar. The musical elements of rhythm, melody and harmony will be explored, and musical examples of these tools will be performed by Dr. Welch and guitar students from the Peabody Preparatory Guitar Department.

1:00 pm ET

Adult Master Class
Ronald Pearl

Participants have the opportunity to observe pre-selected adult students work with guitarist Ronald Pearl. To play in the master class, please submit an application. Applications close February 28.