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Youth Track

These classes are recommended for students between the ages of 6 and 11 with some experience playing guitar.

9:00 am ET

Technique Class
James Keretses
Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall

James Keretses will guide students through a series of fun technical exercises to get their fingers ready for a day of guitar. Elements of ensemble playing with be explored.

10:00 am ET

Youth Orchestra
James Keretses
Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall

James Keretses will coach students through a short piece for guitar ensemble with the goal of introducing students to the basics of playing effectively with other guitarists.

11:00 am ET

Electric Guitar Lab
Jacob Kohlhas and John Knoll
Joe Byrd Hall

A crash course in electric guitar noise-making aimed for youth track guitarists. Participants will have a chance to try plugging into different amplifiers and changing the sound of their guitars with some of the most used effects pedals (overdrive, delay, wah-wah, phasers, tremolo, etc.)

1:00 pm ET

Youth Ensemble/Solo Showcase
Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall

Youth track guitarists can sign up to play a solo. Students will also have the opportunity to play the piece learned in Youth Orchestra.

Classical Track

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

9:00 am ET

Technique Workshop
Zane Forshee
Cohen-Davison Family Theatre

Peabody Guitar Faculty member Dr. Zane Forshee will lead a warm up for classical guitarists featuring arpeggios, slurs, and left hand synchronization exercises.

10:00 am ET

Pre-College Masterclass
Julian Gray
Centre Street Performance Studio

Masterclass with Julian Gray for Pre-College classical guitarists. Performers are pre selected, please see registration links to apply. Open to observers.

Evaluating, Adjusting, and Maintaining Concert Guitars for Peak Performance
David J. Pace

Cohen-Davison Family Theatre

This workshop will feature a discussion about how to evaluate the playing action and mechanical health of a classical guitar, how the user can make simple adjustments to improve the fit and function, and when to seek help from a professional. Topics will also include how to maintain your guitar for the best mechanical stability and the avoidance of repairs.

11:00 am ET

Composition Workshop
Judah Adashi
Cohen-Davison Family Theatre

Composer and Peabody faculty member Dr. Judah Adashi will share some of his own work and lead a conversation about creating and listening to 21st century music.

1:00 pm ET

Adult Student Masterclass
Jonathan Zwi
Cohen-Davison Family Theatre

Masterclass with Jonathan Zwi for adult classical guitarists. Performers are pre-selected, please see registration links to apply. Open to observers.

Contemporary Guitar Track (Pop/Jazz)

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

9:00 am ET

Approaching Solo Jazz Guitar
Jacob Kohlhas
Joe Byrd Hall

Jacob Kohlhas will demonstrate a simple yet effective and satisfying method for arranging jazz standards on the guitar. Students will learn how to harmonize melodies with bass-notes to create instant “contrapuntal” song arrangements. Additionally, the topics of tune learning, chord progressions, and the many textural possibilities of the guitar will be explored.

10:00 am ET

Electric Guitar Lab
Sean Brennan, Jacob Kohlhas, and John Knoll
Joe Byrd Hall

Peabody Preparatory guitar faculty will give a crash course in electric guitar noise-making. Participants will have a chance to try plugging into different amplifiers and changing the sound of their guitars with some of the most used effects pedals (overdrive, delay, wah-wah, phasers, tremolo, etc.)

11:00 am ET

Percussive Fingerstyle
Sean Brennan
Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall

A deep dive into some key elements of percussive guitar playing. Participants will learn different and unconventional ways to activate sound on their guitars, including tapping, rasgueados, body strikes, and left/right hand hammering.