Do I have to be a certain age or skill level to attend?Our program is open for beginner to advanced students aged 12 through adult. Our students come from diverse backgrounds including young-aspiring musicians, adult hobbyists, high school and post-secondary students pursuing music careers, semi-professional and professional musicians. Students are welcome to attend individually, with friends or family, and even as a complete band.
What's the difference between classes, seminars, and clinics?Students elect to study a class or seminar each session. In addition, all students may attend clinics. Classes are offered at every session for varying skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. On the first day of the session, all students are evaluated to ensure that they are placed in the appropriate class level thereby maximizing their learning potential. Students enrolled in classes enjoy 'hands on' instruction, theory, ear training, and usually have a rhythm section component daily. There is also an ensemble associated with the class giving students many performance opportunities. Class sizes are small to promote individualized attention for each student as well as to facilitate ensemble arrangements. Seminars are courses which concentrate on specific topics and will sometimes feature guest instructors. Generally, seminars are designed for the intermediate to advanced player although some may be open to all levels. Students are evaluated to ensure that they are at an appropriate level for the course. Seminar students meet with the instructor all day and also enjoy 'hands on' instruction, theory, ear training, and musicianship studies. Because there is no restriction to class size, seminars do not take part in rhythm section classes. Faculty led ensembles for seminars depend upon class size and format. Clinics - Each day, two or three clinics are offered covering topics such as improvisation, songwriting, vocals, scales and modes, building technique, slide, percussion, hand drumming, practice methods, and many more. Students are welcome to sign up for these clinics on campus
How do I know what level I am at?Students should indicate which level they think they are at when they complete the application form. If taking private lessons, students can ask their teacher for guidance. However, skill level is a subjective thing (i.e. intermediate level to one person may be beginner or advanced to another). Two people who began playing their instrument on the same day in the same year may be at completely different levels due to factors such as practice time and methods, instruction, learning curves, etc. However, rest assured that we want all of our students to get the most out of their session(s) with us and that is exactly why we evaluate students at the start of each session. This ensures that students are placed in a class with other students who are at or about the same level.
Can my family come to see me perform?Absolutely! Guitar Workshop Plus encourages student performances through faculty led ensemble concerts as well as optional student concerts. Space permitting, your parent, husband, wife, brother, sister, etc. are more than welcome to attend these concerts and show their support. However, faculty and guest artist performances are only open to students of the program.
Do I need to bring my own instrument?Yes, all students must provide their own instrument and are responsible for their personal belongings and equipment. If travelling from afar makes it difficult to bring your instrument (i.e. drums), we suggest contacting a local music store and arranging for a rental instrument for the session(s). We would be happy to refer you to a local musical instrument retailer if you have difficulty locating one.
What is a typical day at the workshop like?Here is a sample daily schedule:*
|Breakfast Classes & Seminars Lunch Classes & Seminars Ensemble Rehearsals Clinics/Free Time Dinner Clinics Concert||8am - 9am 9am - 1pm 1pm - 2pm 2pm - 3pm 3:00pm - 3:30pm 3:30pm - 5:30pm 5:30pm - 6:30pm 6:30pm - 8pm 8:30pm|