The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop provides inspiration and instruction for acoustic guitarists at all levels of skill. A week in the woods surrounded by enthusiastic musicians and outstanding teachers offers the technical information, support, and encouragement you need to make strong, satisfying music now.
PSGW is held in a gorgeous wooded setting about one and a half hours southwest of Seattle. We have been at the same site for over twenty years and it really feels like home. The cabins are carpeted and have heat and bathrooms with hot showers; there is also space for tenting. In the main lodge, three meals a day are served buffet style and vegetarians are given special consideration. The private lake is excellent for swimming.
More than the setting, the people at PSGW really create the experience. Teachers are selected not only for their musicianship, but for their teaching skills as well. With a high ratio of teachers to students (typically 1 teacher for every 6 students) there are plenty of teachers to share in music-making with students throughout the week. The openness promotes musical risk-taking and growth.
About thirty classes are offered each session during the three daily class periods. These range from Level 1 (complete beginners) to Level 4 (accomplished amateurs and professional musicians). The focus is on acoustic guitar styles (fingerpicking, flatpicking, country, blues, bluegrass, swing, and jazz), although singing and songwriting are well represented and special classes in other related instruments round out the offering. The curriculum is different each session.
After classes, the day is filled with workshops, concerts, dances and jam sessions. Being away from everyday cares and responsibilities allows an intense focus on music; therefore many students make major technical and conceptual strides during the week. Learning becomes much easier around people who have similar goals and who want you to succeed; many participants return year after year.
If you would like to attend PSGW this summer, pre-register now! We've made camp smaller recently to reduce the strain on facilities, but even if you are placed on a waiting list, you need not be discouraged; places often open up as late as a day or two before the session.
PSGW offers a unique and stimulating learning experience, and, beyond that, PSGW offers fun, new music, and new friends. We hope you will join us in this, our twenty-fifth year.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1974, the first Puget Sound Guitar Workshop took place, beginning a series of annual events that has gained momentum over the intervening years and has no end in sight. Each year more people discover "guitar camp" and the community that has been growing with PSGW over those twenty-five years.
Many of the attendees from that first PSGW session in 1974, including all three of the camp's founders (photos below), will be at camp this year. Come help them celebrate PSGW's 25th birthday!
Each class includes six hours of instruction spread over five days. Three class periods of an hour and fifteen minutes are offered each day (thus it is possible, albeit exhausting, to take up to three full, six-hour classes). Classes cover a wide range of topics and levels. In popular curriculum areas you will find a number of classes differing only in level designation, so you should be able to find a class that matches your skills.
Classes are usually kept small (3 to 10 students in most cases) to accommodate the needs of individual students, although some classes that are designed to handle many students can become quite large.
Students choose their classes at camp after attending a series of class introductions and having an opportunity to discuss the classes with the teachers. No advance registration is required for any classes (i.e. there are no preregistered "special sections").
After the third class period each day, the remainder of the afternoon is free for student- or staff-initiated activities. Options include one-shot or ongoing workshops, practice or jam sessions, swimming, socializing, and napping.
Evenings are filled with music circles, jam sessions, concerts, and a dance or two. Each session includes a student concert, providing every student with an opportunity to perform for the most appreciative audience on earth. Beyond these scheduled activities, participants join in spontaneous, never-to-be-repeated musical events that frequently crop up at the Workshop.
Advance registration is required (no guests or visitors, please). Registrations will be processed (and receipts sent) as they are received.
Tuition is $500 (in U.S. funds) per session. A deposit of $150 in U.S. funds reserves a space; make checks payable to "Puget Sound Guitar Workshop." The balance of $350 is due on arrival at camp.
Refunds of $100 will be given for all cancellations prior to July 4 and of $50 for cancellations between July 4 and two days prior to the date your session starts. No refunds will be given for cancellations or "no shows" after that time. Of course, if we have to refuse your registration (e.g. due to lack of space), your entire deposit will be returned.
Scholarships are available for up to half of tuition. A completed pre-registration with a deposit of $150 is required to receive a scholarship application form; check the appropriate box below. Your entire deposit will be returned (and your registration voided) if we cannot offer you a scholarship. Completed scholarship application forms must be received by May 1.
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop is a camp for adults of all ages, but please consult with us by phone prior to registering adults under age 18.
Our scholarship program is supported by donation. We wish to thank the many individuals whose contributions have helped make scholarships possible. If you would like to become one of the people we thank, simply include some extra funds in your check and fill in the next-to-last line of the registration form.
All registration requests must be accompanied by a deposit (sorry, we cannot accept e-mail or fax registrations).
Print and fill out the following form and snail-mail it to:PUGET SOUND GUITAR WORKSHOP
NAME: STREET ADDRESS: CITY, STATE, ZIP / POSTAL CODE: PHONE: E-MAIL: REGISTER ME FOR: /_/ Session One: 25 July 31 July /_/ Session Two: 2 August 8 August /_/ Session Three: 10 August 16 August If the session I have chosen is full, I wish to: /_/ Be put on the waiting list. /_/ Try for Session _______. /_/ Be put on the shortest waiting list. /_/ Have my deposit returned. /_/ I have not attended PSGW before. /_/ Please send me a scholarship application. /_/ I am unable to attend this year, but add my name to next year's mailing list. Comments or special needs (e.g. vegetarian): _____________________________________________________________________ DEPOSIT _ I enclose $________ Tuition Deposit. _ I enclose $________ in addition to my deposit as a tax-deductible contribution. (Thanks!) The total enclosed is $________ (U.S. funds) .................................................................
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