Beginner Guitar Summer Camps

Guitar students at summer 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!




Ages:  8-12 years & 13-18 years
Dates:  Depends on age group (see below)
Times: Depends on age group (see below)
Tuition:  $230
Location:  Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax
*Aftercare not available for this program


8-12 Age Group
July 16-20, 2018
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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13-18 Age Group
July 9-13, 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 n
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Teens can make a day of it by registering for Intro to Music Composition, which runs 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

More advanced teen guitarists should enroll in our Summer Guitar Workshop, July 30 – Aug 3, 2018!


Brian Slaymaker, Guitar Lessons Instructor, 8-12 Age Group:  Brian Slaymaker
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.


Suzanne Dorman Guitar Lessons Teaching Assistant, 8-12 Age Group: Suzanne Dorman


Tim Carolla, Teaching Artist Potomac Arts Academy Instructor, 13-18 Age Group:  Tim Carolla
Read about Mr. Carolla

Tim Carolla is a guitarist based in the Washington, D.C. area. In the previous 4 years he earned a Master’s of Music in Modern American Music (Jazz and Improvisation) and a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before that, he received a Bachelor’s of Music from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he earned a Performance Degree in Classical Guitar, and a Minor in Jazz Studies.

Tim maintains an active schedule teaching, performing, and composing/arranging. He has experience performing most styles in the jazz idiom (swing, bop, free music/free jazz), as well as with pit orchestras and rock bands. As of late, Tim has been studying and transcribing the music of Thelonious Monk, and searching for ways to play his music on the guitar. In the last two years he has been performing and teaching bass as well.

Tim has performed with numerous chamber groups and ensembles based in and around both Boston and the Washington, D.C. area. Tim has played in masterclasses with numerous classical guitarists including Roland Dyens, Margarita Escarpa and Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and presented his own arrangements for the guitar to Carlos Perez and R. Dyens. Tim has studied with Joe Morris for the last four years in Boston.

Tim is comfortable teaching guitar and electric bass, as well as composition/arranging, theory and improvisation for any instrument or ability.


Talha Mirza Guitar Instructor Potomac Arts Academy Teaching Assistant, 13-18 Age Group: Talha Mirza




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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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