About Guitar Workshop Plus
The Ultimate in Music Education
Guitar Workshop Plus is much more than just a guitar camp or summer music camp. We offer week long workshops in a musical environment at superb facilities. Our faculty members are professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in summer music programs, workshops, private settings, and post secondary institutions. Along with receiving visits from world famous guest artists, our top ranked summer music program allows students to participate in daily classes, clinics, ensemble and student performances, and evening concerts. World famous guest artists such as Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), John Scofield, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Robben Ford, Billy Sheehan, and many more teach and perform for our participants.
Currently instruction is provided for:
Students elect to study a class or seminar each session. The guitar program is extensive and unique in that students elect to study the style that they enjoy most.
Guitar styles include:
We offer comprehensive classes covering:
- hands-on technique
- musicianship skills
- ear training
- rhythm studies
- and more!
In addition, most of these classes include a one-hour per day rhythm section class in which students are given the opportunity to play with the faculty rhythm section and apply the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in class to a performance setting. Attendees also rehearse with ensembles throughout the week which will perform at the end of the session.
Classes are offered 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. 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, because there is no restriction to class size, do not take part in rhythm section classes. Faculty led ensembles for seminars depend upon class size and format.
In addition, all students may attend 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 and more. Students are welcome to sign up for these clinics on campus.
Each day at the workshop concludes with an evening concert. These include faculty performances, student jams, ensemble concerts, and performances by our amazing guest artists. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s finest musicians in an intimate setting. In addition to the student jams and concerts, many of the artists will invite attendees up to play with them as well so the fun never ends!!
Our program is held on the beautiful campus of Northwest University, located in one of the most sought-after communities in Washington: Kirkland. The campus sits on 56 acres of rolling greens and trees, overlooking Lake Washington. Within walking distance of campus, you’ll enjoy the gorgeous shores of Lake Washington while looking across to views of the Seattle skyline and snow-capped peaks of Olympic National Park. Attendees are able to enjoy the beauty and safety of Kirkland while being just 10 minutes from all of the amenities of Seattle and close to outdoor adventures in the area. This location offers great facilities and accommodations including modern classrooms, auditorium, dorm accommodations, and fantastic food service. The world-class city of Seattle boasts a healthy music scene and plenty of attractions including the Experience Music Project Museum, Pike Place Market, Space Needle, and top notch shopping and dining.
Seattle Area Attractions
- Space Needle
- Pike Place Market
- Museum of Pop Culture
- Safeco and CenturyLink Fields
- Washington State Ferries
- Seattle Aquarium
- Seattle Great Wheel
Faculty and Artists
2020 Guest Artists
Our guest artists share their knowledge and experiences with our students while visiting classes, conducting clinics, and performing concerts. Past Guest Artists include: Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Robben Ford, John Scofield, Steve Vai, Randy Bachman, Paul Gilbert, Andy Summers (The Police), Billy Sheehan, Pierre Bensusan, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), John Abercrombie, Duke Robillard, Andy Timmons, Mike Stern, John Knowles, Rik Emmett, John Jorgenson, Sue Foley, Jennifer Batten, Andy McKee, Orianthi, Paul DeLong, Tommy Emmanuel, Rhonda Smith, Guthrie Govan and more…..
Blues rock guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter and producer, Josh Smith, is hailed the world over as a master guitarist with raw talent and power to spare. Blending his signature mix of blues, rock and jazz into dynamic original songs, Smith is known for his incendiary live performances, whether at the Grammy Awards or the Kennedy Center Honors with Mick Jagger, Raphael Saadiq and others. Josh has been named the 16th best living blues guitar player in the world by Guitar World Magazine. Josh started playing guitar at age six. Praised as a blues prodigy by the time he was 12 years old, he began playing at professional blues jams in South Florida, sitting in with such greats as Jimmy Thackery, Tinsley Ellis, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Double Trouble, Joanna Connor and Kim Simmonds, among others. Josh has released 11 albums. Along with touring the world, recording and performing with renowned artists such as BB King, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, Kirk Fletcher and others, Smith is also a producer and owns Flat V Studios in Los Angeles. He has produced artists Reese Wynans (Joe Bonamassa), Artur Menezes (winner of the Eric Clapton 2019 Crossroads Festival) Seth Rosenbloom, Jamey Arent and many more.
Mike Dawes is an English guitarist known for composing, arranging, and performing multiple parts simultaneously on one instrument. He is hailed as one of the world’s most creative modern fingerstyle guitarists with a repertoire spanning solo viral video hits alongside mainstream chart success performing with Justin Hayward from The Moody Blues. Dawes was named “Best Acoustic Guitarist in the World” by Total Guitar Magazine/Music Radar in both 2017 and 2018 readers polls. Dawes’ recent solo album, ERA, spawned a viral hit with his arrangement of “One” by Metallica that has over 4 million YouTube views. His debut record featured the fan favorite original, “Boogie Slam” and another viral hit with the song, “Somebody That I Use To Know” with almost 5 million YouTube views. Mike is also featured on multiple Justin Hayward live releases such as Spirits…Live, which debuted at #2 on the US Billboard Chart. Mike also has a strong reputation as a music educator, acting as a columnist for Guitar World and Acoustic Guitar as well as teaching multiple guitar workshops all over the world. In addition to touring North America and Europe with Justin Hayward, Dawes has also toured with fingerstyle guitarists such as Andy McKee and Tommy Emmanuel. As well, Dawes has been a part of several ‘International Guitar Night’ tours.
Our faculty is carefully selected and comprised of professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in workshops, private settings, and post secondary institutions. These talented educators have considerable recording backgrounds, perform around the world, author instructional books and write articles for music magazines.
Sample Daily Schedule:*
Classes & Seminars
Classes & Seminars
|8am – 9am
9am – 1pm
1pm – 2pm
2pm – 3pm
3:00pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 5:30pm
5:30pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 8pm
*Times may vary according to course selection, facilities, etc. The first and last day of the session follow a different schedule to accommodate registration and check-out.
2020 Seattle Session Fees (U.S. Dollars)
Registration Fee (non-refundable): $70
Tuition (Per Session): $980
On-campus Room & Board (Per Session): $550
Students attending multiple sessions receive a $100 discount.
Amp Rental (optional): $40
For those students who do not have a small portable amplifier for use in the classroom or dorm.
Meal Package (optional): $255
For off-campus students requiring lunch and dinner.
Extra Night: Early Arrival (optional): $100
For students arriving from out of town who require accommodation the night before the start of the session. Meals are not provided until the session begins.
Private Room (optional): $350
Students should fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and can arrange for shuttle, taxi, and other ground transportation to the campus.
Address: 5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033, USA