Acadia Classical Guitar Festival Society
World-class classical guitar event with 12 concerts, 300 individual classes, lectures and exhibitions.
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, July, 49-1732-095685.
Accent on Music
Fingerstyle guitar, small group lessons, student recital, instructor concert, and more.
Portland, OR, July–Aug, (503) 699-1814 ext. 2, www.accentonmusic.com.
Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp
Explore musical Alaska, but let the moose be your muse.
Wasilla, AK, Aug. (303) 937-1787, www.acousticalaska.com.
Jamey Aebersol Jazz
For all ages; focused on jazz and improvisation.
Louisville, KY, June–July, www.summerjazzworkshops.com.
A weeklong study in traditional old-time and bluegrass music.
Snowshoe, WV, June, (304) 799-7121, www.alleghenyechoes.com.
Aloha Music Camp
Study guitar, ukulele, and hula in a Hawaiian paradise.
Kaupoa Beach Village, Molokai, HI, June, (541) 270-3090, www.alohamusiccamp.com
American Banjo Camp
An intense weekend of five-string banjo with outstanding instructors.
Nordland, WA, Sept, (206) 781-5026, www.AmericanBanjoCamp.com.
American Institute of Guitar / International Studio of Music
Summer workshops for guitar in all styles and levels.
New York, NY, June through August, (212) 757-3255, www.aiguitar.com.
Americana Song Academy / Sisters Folk Festival
A songwriting and music camp to inspire creativity and community.
Sisters, OR, Sept, (541) 549-4979, www.sistersfolkfestival.com.
Appel Farm Summer Arts Camp
Summer arts and music camp.
Elmer, NJ, June, July–Aug, (856) 358-2472, www.appelfarm.org.
Ashokan Fiddle and Dance
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s camps offer expert instruction, small classes, and a friendly atmosphere.
Olivebridge, NY, June -Aug, (845) 246-2121, www.ashokan.org.
Aspen Music Festival and School Classical Guitar Program
Intensive, highly selective training and performance program for classical guitar.
Aspen, CO, June–Aug, (970) 925-3254, www.aspenmusicfestival.com.
Blue Bear School of Music
Ongoing group and private guitar classes, plus summer kids program.
San Francisco, CA, year-round, (415) 673-3600, www.bluebearmusic.org
Bluegrass at the Beach
Intermediate to advanced bluegrass music camp.
Aug, (360) 385-6836, www.bluegrassatthebeach.com.
Bluegrass Fan Fest
Masters workshops are offered on a specific stage during IBMA’s Bluegrass Fan Fest, during World of Bluegrass Week, featuring top instrumentalists on bluegrass instruments. Presentations include demonstrations and lots of Q&A.
Nashville, TN, Oct, (615) 256-3222, www.ibma.org.
Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week
A weeklong immersion in old-time music instruction and playing.
Mars Hill, NC, June, (828) 689-1646, www.mhc.edu/oldtimemusic.
Blue Ridge Songcamp Intensive
The most in-depth, focused songwriting camp in the country.
Charlottesville, VA,, June, (540) 987-3164, www.kidpanalley.org.
Blues guitar and harmonica classes, evening concerts, and late-night jams.
Northampton, England, Aug, (44) 1242-701765, www.euroblues.org.
Booher Family Music Camp
A wonderful musical family camp experience held at the foot of the Three Sisters Mountains.
Sisters, OR, July–Aug, (541) 390-4390, www.boohermusiccamp.com.
Bowdoin Summer Music Festival Music School
Chamber music festival. Private lessons with Ricardo Iznaola. Performance opportunities.
Brunswick, ME, June–Aug, (207)-373-1400.
British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop
Workshop for all levels of bluegrass players.
Sorrento, BC, Session 1: Aug, (604) 737-0270, www.musicworkshops.ca.
British Columbia Swing Workshop
An inspiring week for everyone with a passion for swing.
Sorrento, BC, Aug, (604) 734-5571, www.musicworkshops.ca.
Bulkley Valley Adult Guitar Workshop
A rustic setting on a lake in northern British Columbia.
Telkwa, BC, Aug, (250) 846-5763, www.bvfms.org.
California Bluegrass Association Music Camp
Three-day camp with workshops, jams, concerts, and dancing.
Grass Valley, CA, June, (415) 663-1342, www.cbamusiccamp.org.
California/Brazil Music Camp
Total-immersion Brazilian dance and music program.
Cazadero, CA, Aug, (415) 824-2894, www.calbrazilcamp.com.
California Coast Music Camp
Acoustic music camp for adults.
Sonoma County, CA, July, (650) 306-0399, www.musiccamp.org.
A one-week residential camp with instruction for bluegrass instruments.
Levelland, Texas, July, (806) 894-4874, www.campbluegrass.com.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Weeklong classes in various folk instruments offered year-round.
Brasstown, NC, year-round, (800) 365-5724, www.folkschool.org.
Carnegie-Mellon Precollege Music Program
Actual college music curriculum for high school students.
Pittsburgh, PA, June–Aug, (412) 268-3667, www.cmu.edu/enrollment/pre-college.
Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music
Weeklong instruction in Celtic guitar, fiddle, and cello.
Inverness, Cape Breton, NS, June–July, (781) 545-3799, www.ceilidhtrail.com
Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes Workshop
The West’s grand celebration of traditional American music.
Port Townsend, WA, June–July, (360) 385-3102 ext. 103, www.centrum.org
Centrum’s Jazz Workshop
Premier jazz experience with masters in a historic seaside paradise.
Port Townsend, WA, July, (360) 385-3102 ext. 103, www.centrum.org
Centrum’s Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop
A total immersion experience that revives the tradition of oral instruction of the blues and its heritage.
July–Aug, (360) 385-3102 ext. 103, www.centrum.org
Colorado Roots Music Camp
Nationally known instructors teaching guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and bass.
Divide, CO, June, (719) 632-7872, www.coloradorootsmusic.com
Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Week
Instruction in traditional roots acoustic instruments.
Westminster, MD, July, (410) 857-2771, www.commongroundonthehill.org
Community Music Center
Private and group instruction in acoustic guitar.
San Francisco, CA, year-round, (415) 647-6015, www.sfcmc.org
CSU Summer Arts
Guitar/music composition: Flamenco form, analysis, and techniques.
Long Beach, CA, July, (562) 951-4065, www.csusummerarts.org
Dartington International Summer School
A music summer school of courses and concerts given by world-class musicians.
Totnes, England, July–Aug, (44) 1803-847081, www.dartingtonsummerschool.org.uk
Alex de Grassi Guitar Workshop
Three-day intensive workshop for arranging and performing acoustic fingerstyle guitar.
Laurel Mill Lodge in Los Gatos, California, July, www.degrassi.com]
Smith College, Northampton, MA, June, (413) 268-0068, www.djangoinjune.com
Folk College with Simple Gifts
Affordable weekend packed with workshops (all levels), jams, concerts, and more.
Huntingdon, PA, May, (814) 643-6220, www.simplegiftsmusic.com/folkcollege
Folk Music Week at Pinewoods Camp
English and Anglo-American instrumental music and song.
Plymouth, MA, July, (413) 268-7426 ext. 3, www.cdss.org/camp
Fur Peace Ranch
Music school hosting national recording artists.
Pomeroy, OH, February–November, session dates vary, (740) 992-2575, www.furpeaceranch.com
Beppe Gambetta’s International Acoustic Guitar Workshop
Flatpicking and plectrum guitar in the American and European roots music.
Ambroz pod Krvavcem, Slovenia, Aug, www.beppegambetta.com
Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop
Small classes, quality instructors, various levels/styles, great food.
Crescent Beach, BC, June, (250) 653-4842, www.gsgw.ca
Johnny Gimble Swing Week
A camp for fiddle, guitar, mando, and bass musicians.
Taos, NM, June–July, (575) 758-1792, www.johnnygimble.com
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Camp
Four days with an incredible staff in an amazing setting.
Alta, WY, Aug, (208) 787-2824, www.grandtarghee.com/summer/music-festivals/music-camp.php
Greater Yellowstone Music Camp
Acoustic blues and swing instruction in the beautiful Northern Rockies.
Alta, WY, June, (307) 455-3748, www.greateryellowstonemusiccamp.com
Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering
Intimate, informal setting with an emphasis on the musical traditions of Pennsylvania. All instruments, special attention given to beginners. Greenwood Furnace State Park, Huntingdon, PA, Sept, (814) 643-6220, www.simplegiftsmusic.com/greenwood
Guitar Camp for Intermediate and Advanced Students
Develop your mastery of the guitar and bass in this intense workshop.
Salt Lake City, UT, Aug, (801) 581-6984, www.youth.utah.edu
Guitar Foundation of America Annual Conference
20 Concerts, 15 Lectures, 10 master classes, and an international competition.
San Francisco, CA, Aug, (650) 726-1203, www.guitarfoundation.org
Unique program with world-class instructors for hobbyists through professionals in relaxed environment.
Bar Harbor, ME, Aug, (888) 435-4003, www.guitarintensives.com
The Guitar Program at Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp
Great instruction in guitar for beginners through advanced for all ages.
Deckers, CO, Aug. 10–17, (303) 753-6870, www.rmfiddle.com
All-day and -night focus on jazz and blues with top instructors and jamming.
North Hatley, Quebec, dates TBA, (613) 241-2495, www.theguitarsummit.com
The ultimate guitar break for hobby players to learn more.
Penrith, Cumbria, England, March–November, (44) 1931-713241, www.guitarweekends.co.uk
Guitar Workshop Plus
A unique and enjoyable setting for intense musical and personal growth.
Toronto, Ontario: Toronto: July 13–18 and July 20–25, (905) 567-8000, www.guitarworkshopplus.com
Traditional folk music from Asia, Europe, and North America.
Haapavesi, Finland, June, (358) 8459-1284, www.haapavesifolk.com
Interlochen Arts Camp
Classical and jazz training for the serious guitar student, grades 9–12.
Interlochen, MI, June–Aug, (231) 276-7472, www.interlochen.org/camp
International Guitar Festival, Bath
Varied workshops for all levels and styles of guitar and more.
Bath, UK, July–Aug, (44) (0)1225-875522, www.igf.org.uk
International Guitar Symposium
World-class classical guitar event with 15 concerts, exhibitions, lectures, and 600 individual classes.
Iserlohn, Germany, Aug, (49) 1732-095685, www.guitarsymposium.com
International Music Camp Guitar Workshop
Master and theory classes. Ensemble and solo skills are emphasized.
Dunseith, ND, July, (701) 838-8472, www.internationalmusiccamp.com
International Nuertingen Guitar Festival
A huge festival for the classical guitar.
Nürtingen, Germany, July–Aug, (49) 8041-7953050, www.gitarre-nuertingen.de
Island Mountain Arts Brazilian Guitar Workshop
Three-day Brazilian guitar workshop with Celso Muchado.
Wells, BC, July–Aug, (800) 442-2787, www.imarts.com
Jazz in July
Twenty-five years of teaching improvisation to hundreds of talented musicians.
Amherst, MA, July, (413) 545-3530, www.jazzinjuly.com
Steve Kaufman’s Fingerpicking, Flatpicking, Banjo, and Mandolin Kamps
“This Players’ Choice Gold Award-winning Music Kamp is the camp that all other camps must now aspire to.”—Dan Crary
Maryville, TN, June, (865) 982-3808, www.flatpik.com
Kerrville Roots and Blues Guitar Camp
Morning and afternoon workshops for instrumentalists of all experience levels.
Quiet Valley Ranch, TX, May, (830) 257-3600, www.kerrville-music.com
Summer camp with music, sports, arts.
Hancock, VT, June–Aug, (617) 666-1484, www.killooleet.com
Lark Camp World Music, Song, and Dance Celebration
Traditional music from all over the world.
Mendocino, CA, Aug, (707) 964-4826, www.larkcamp.com
Le Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy Guitar Sessions
Private lessons and master classes with world-renowned masters, ensemble and combo playing, student concerts.
St.-Irénée, Charlevoix, Quebec, June–July, (418) 452-8111, www.domaineforget.com
Lebanon Valley College Summer Music Camp
One-week residential camp for high school instrumentalists.
Anneville, PA, July, (610) 866-8247, www.lvc.edu/music-camp
Madison Early Music Workshop
Technique study and performance opportunities; focus on Flemish early music.
Madison, WI, July, (608) 265-5629, www.dcs.wisc.edu/lsa/memf
Martin Simpson Guitar Workshops
Martin's guitar workshops are open to players of all levels, you just have to be desirous of learning,
Grasse Workshop, South of France. www.martinsimpson.com/workshops/
McNally Smith College of Music Summer Jazz Workshop
Workshop with an emphasis in jazz improvisation and playing in small combos.
St. Paul, MN, July–Aug, (651) 325-2386, www.mcnallysmith.edu
Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School
Workshops taught by internationally known Celtic musicians.
Milwaukee, WI, Aug, (414) 476-3378, www.irishfest.com
MOVA Arts Festival Musician’s Conference
Professionally led workshops for the aspiring musician or songwriter.
Lake Guntersville, AL, Sept, (256) 582-1454, www.mountainvalleyartscouncil.org
Musicians Institute’s Summer Shot
A six-day crash course in instrumental playing, vocals, and more.
Los Angeles, CA, June, (800) 255-7529, www.mi.edu
NashCamp Bluegrass, Songwriting, and Sonny Osborne Banjo Camps
Nashville’s premier music camp for bluegrass instruments and harmony singing.
Cumberland Furnace, TN, Bluegrass Week one: June–Aug; Songwriting Camp: Aug; Banjo Camp: Oct, (615) 952-2267.
National Association of Pastoral Musicians School for Guitarists
Intensive program for all leaders of guitar ensemble-based worship music.
Erlanger, KY, July, (240) 247-3000 ext. 22, www.npm.org
National Guitar Workshop
Intensive, hands-on instruction for players of all levels in eight locations around the country.
Various cities, June–Aug, dates vary, (860) 567-3736, www.guitarworkshop.com
Newport Guitar Festival
A three-day festival during which both luthiers and guitar-component suppliers exhibit their products.
Newport, RI or Miami, FL, April, www.NewportGuitarFestival.com
NIU Jazz Camp
Jazz rehearsals, master classes, seminars, performances, improvisation classes, and optional private lessons.
DeKalb, IL, July, (815) 753-1450, www.niu.edu/extprograms
North Fork Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival
Camp is for closet pickers to gain confidence playing music and singing with others.
Hotchkiss, CO, June , (970) 250-3001, www.northforkbluegrass.com
Northeast Heritage Music Camp
Weeklong workshop in the traditional music of eastern Canada and New England.
Johnson, VT, June, (206) 781-5025, http://NortheastHeritageMusicCamp.com
New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes
Master classes, ensemble coaching, workshops, and faculty concerts.
New York, NY, June, (212) 580-0210 ext. 483, www.mannes.edu/guitar
Peach Bottom Farm Fiddle and Strings
World-class stringed instruction in the heart of the Appalachians.
June, (303) 796-9049, www.peachbottomfarm.com
Power Chord Academy
The ultimate experience for teen musicians. San Diego, CA; St. Louis, MO; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; and Seattle, WA. Various cities, June–Aug, (800) 897-6677, www.powerchordacademy.com
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop
Inspirational and well-organized adult camp with small classes. Guitar heaven!
Bremerton, WA, July–Aug, (360) 647-0741, www.psgw.org
Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls
Girls 8–18 build self-esteem through music creation, performance, and workshops.
Portland, OR, June–Aug, (503) 445-4991, www.girlsrockcamp.org
Sierra Fiddle Camp
Classes in fiddle, cello, piano, guitar, percussion, dance, and singing.
Nevada City, CA, June, (415) 566-4355, www.sierrafiddlecamp.org
Shell Lake Arts Center Guitar Camp
Guitar Camp for all abilities, ages 12 and up.
Aug, (715) 468-2414, www.shelllakeartscenter.org
Intensive four-day songwriting school with electives in voice, guitar, performance, and business.
Lyons, CO, Aug, (800) 624-2422, www.planetbluegrass.com
Sore Fingers Summer Schools
UK bluegrass and old-time week-long residential course and bluegrass weekend. Kingham Hill School
Oxfordshire, England, April - October, (44) 1373-813590, www.sorefingers.co.uk
Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps
Instruction in Flatpicking, Fingerpicking, Fiddle, Mandolin, Old Time and Bluegrass Banjo, Bass, Dobro (TM), Lap Dulcimer and Songwriting / Vocals. “This Players’ Choice Gold Award-winning Music Kamp is the camp that all other camps must now aspire to.”—Dan Crary
Maryville, TN, June, (865) 982-3808, www.flatpik.com
Summer Guitar Study With Douglas Niedt
The Summer Guitar Study program is for intermediate and advanced students and for professional artists desiring coaching for recitals and recordings. Kansas City, MO, May–August, (816) 235-2922, www.DouglasNiedt.com
SummerKeys Guitar Workshops
Daily private lessons, scheduled practice, group class, and ensemble class.
Lubec, ME, July–Aug, (973) 316-6220, www.summerkeys.com
Annual Summer Solstice Folk Music Dance and Storytelling Festival
Traditional folk music, dance, and storytelling festival with 300 workshops.
Soka University, Calabasas, CA, (818) 817-7756, www.ctmsfolkmusic.org
Swannanoa, NC, Traditional Song Week: July, Fiddle Week: July, Celtic Week: July, Old-Time Week: July, Guitar Week: July–Aug, Contemporary Folk Week, July–Aug, Dulcimer Week: Aug, (828) 298-3434, www.swangathering.com
University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute Jazz Program
The Jazz Program offers students opportunities to perform in a professional university environment.
Philadelphia, PA, July, (215) 717-6430, www.uarts.edu/precollege
Total Guitarist Camp
Seven days of acoustic heaven in a country lake setting.
Geneva Point Center, NH, July–Aug, (800) 892-2118, www.uwgbsummercamps.com
Pete Wernick’s Bluegrass Jam Camps
Closet pickers! Join the fun world of bluegrass jamming! Various cities, Boulder, CO: April, Boomer, NC: April, Gettysburg, PA: May, Morehead, KY: June, Copake, NY July, (303) 652-8346, www.drbanjo.com
Women’s Hearts and Hands Guitar Camp
Excellent guitar instruction by and for women in a supportive environment.
Mendocino, CA, Aug, (415) 669-7447, www.womensheartsandhands.com