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Beginner Guitar Camp Online

Students at summer guitar camp


This workshop for beginners will cover the fundamentals of guitar playing and prepare students for individual lessons or a school guitar program. Guided by Mason Community Arts Academy teaching artists, students will learn guitar notation forms, how to play melodies and strum chords. Students are required to have their own acoustic guitar (nylon strings recommended). A compilation video of student work will be available after the program is complete. (Note: Adult guidance and technology support may be required for younger students)



Ages:  8 – 12
Dates:  July 20 – 24, 2020
Times:  1:00 pm – 4:00 p.m. EST (M-F)
Tuition:  $225 (Beginning the Friday prior to the start of the program, a $10 late registration fee will apply)
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Daily Schedule

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Online Group Class and Discussion
1:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Instructional Videos and Techniques
1:50 pm – 2:40 pm
Individual Check-ins and Practice
2:40 pm – 3:00 pm
Online Group Class and Discussion
3:00 pm – 3:40 pm
Individual Check-ins and Practice
3:40 pm – 4:00 pm
Re-group and Wrap up



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Brian Slaymaker, Guitar Lessons
Instructor:  Brian Slaymaker
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Mr. Slaymaker

For Brian Slaymaker the love of music came naturally. As a child of two professional musicians, he was exposed to music of all styles and genres. Mr. Slaymaker studied piano with his mother, but his passion soon became guitar.

At the age of 11, Mr. Slaymakern began studying guitar privately. His teachers were Jeff Ponder and Dr. Kevin Vigil. After extensive involvement performing in rock bands, Mr. Slaymaker chose to pursue an education in classical music. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree magna cum laude in Classical Guitar Performance from George Mason University. Brian has performed in masterclasses with internationally known guitarists Pepe Romero, Carlos Barbosa-lima, Carlos Perez, and Roland Dyens. At GMU, Mr. Slaymaker was a student of Professor Larry Snitzler. In addition to teaching Mr. Slaymaker is an active performer in the D.C. Metro area.

Mr. Slaymaker’s teaching range includes classical guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, and steel-string guitar. His lessons consist of fundamentals of technique, music reading skills, music theory, and study of repertoire. Selections may be either those Mr. Slaymaker introduces or student requests. This strong foundation in fundamentals will enable the student to excel in any style their musical interests may lead. Individual creativity is always encouraged.




“I really appreciated the half-day nature of the program, the book as part of the package, the one-on-one time between student and teacher, and the performance at the end.” – Beginner Guitar Summer Camp 2017 Parent





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