Beginner Guitar Summer Camp

Students at summer guitar camp



This one week workshop for beginners will cover the basics of guitar playing and prepare the student 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. An acoustic guitar (nylon strings recommended) is required. A final performance will be presented on Friday to show family and friends what the students can accomplish in one week!



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Ages:  8-12 years
Dates:  July 15-19, 2019
Times: 9:00 a.m.-1200n (M-F)
Tuition:  $230
Location:  Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax
Extended Day option not available for this program

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Brian Slaymaker, Guitar Lessons Instructor:  Brian Slaymaker
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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. Brian studied piano with his mother, but his passion soon became guitar.

At the age of eleven Brian began studying guitar privately. His teachers were Jeff Ponder and Dr. Kevin Vigil. After extensive involvement performing in rock bands Brian 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 master classes with internationally known guitarists Pepe Romero, Carlos Barbosa-lima, Carlos Perez, and Roland Dyens. At GMU, Brian was a student of Professor Larry Snitzler. In addition to teaching Brian is an active performer in the DC Metro area.

Brian’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 Brian 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.


Teaching Assistant: Tim Carolla






To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.



“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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