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Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31

Online Campus

The Summer Guitar Intensive is a one-week program online-only that provides guitarists of all abilities the opportunity to study with a world-class faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.  The Summer Guitar Intensive is open to guitarists from 9 years of age to adult and is designed to support the beginning guitarist, adult guitarists of all ages and abilities, and the most advanced young pre-professional guitarists in training. The primary focus of this program is on classical guitar

Youth Track
Suggested Ages: 9 - 13

The Young Guitarist track is a half day (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) online-only program for ages 9 - 13 focused on the classical guitar, its techniques and repertoire. It is recommended that you have at least one year of private study, experience with notation and 1 or 2 solo pieces prepared for performances. Students will have the opportunity to receive instruction from Preparatory and Conservatory faculty, participate in virtual ensembles, and learn in depth about classical guitar repertoire as well as other styles.

Pre-Professional Track
Suggested Ages: 13 - 19

Ideal for classical guitar students ages 13 - 19 who are considering pursuing a degree in music studies, or for whom the study of classical guitar is a serious avocation. It is recommended you have 3 or more years studying classical guitar and be extremely comfortable learning music from notation. Students in this track will have the opportunity to play in a small virtual ensemble with their peers as well as a large virtual orchestra with participants in all other tracks. Pre - Professional participants receive 2 private lessons as well as master classes with Conservatory faculty, and will also have the opportunity to select various weeklong courses according to their individual interests. It is recommended that students have 1 or 2 polished pieces prepared for lessons and master classes.

Adult Guitarist Track
Suggested Ages: 19 and above

For adult amateurs who are looking for a deeper understanding of classical guitar. Students will have the opportunity to play in large and small virtual ensembles, receive two private lessons and virtual master classes with Preparatory and Conservatory faculty, and select various weeklong courses according to their individual interests. It is recommended that students have 1 or 2 polished solo pieces prepared for lessons and master classes.

How it Works

Designed to educate the total musician, the curriculum combines a focused study of solo repertoire with the opportunity to explore parallel disciplines, perform side-by-side with faculty in the Virtual Guitar Orchestra, and learn from the most important figures in the guitar world.  

Upon registration, participants will be assigned to their appropriate track based on age and experience level. Each track has a designated faculty member who will run the technique & warm up class up for the week, and then throughout each day students will participate in lessons, master classes, ensemble rehearsals and music enrichment studies. All students will participate in a small track-based guitar ensemble as well as perform in the Virtual Summer Intensive Guitar Orchestra. After instruction ends on July 31, we will reconvene the evening of Sunday August 8 for a watch party of the virtual guitar ensemble creations.  

Younger middle school students who wish to be considered for the pre-professional track can audition via video or Zoom. Please contact co-director  Zoë Stewart for more information at


Pre – Professional and Adult Track Tuition: $525
Youth Track Tuition: $375

A $25 registration fee is not included in the overall tuition rate.