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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces 2017 Program & Artist Line-up

March 9th, 2017

GWP 2015 aOntario-based Guitar Workshop Plus has announced the 2017 program and artist line-up for this year. This summer music program, which includes a Toronto-area session, provide a unique and intensive experience in music education and has scholarships available. Four sessions have been announced for the 2017 as follows:

San Diego, CA Session: June 18 – 23, 2017

Toronto, ON Session: July 23 – 28, 2017

Nashville, TN Session: July 30 – Aug 4, 2017

Seattle, WA Session: August 13 – 18, 2017

2017 guest artists include: Rocker virtuosos Andy Timmons (solo), Tony MacAlpine (solo, Steve Vai, Planet X) and Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, solo). Hall of Famer Rik Emmett (Triumph, solo), bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, solo), country chicken pickin’ master Johnny Hiland, jazz legend Mike Stern, blues veteran Debbie Davies, modern acoustic and fingerstyle masters, Peppino D’Agostino, Don Ross, and Antoine Dufour, and more!

Special Seminars including Modern Acoustic Guitar, Blues Bash, Monster Chops, Acoustic Spirit, Classic Rock Styles, Red Hot Country Guitar, Jazz Styles & Improvisation, The Complete Rock Guitarist, and more have also been added to the course options in addition to all the regular classes.

Designed for aspiring musicians of all ages including teenagers, adult hobbyists, students pursuing music careers, semi-professional and professional musicians, the program offers students a unique setting for intense musical and personal growth. As well, this program allows for group development (entire bands will sometimes attend) and the family experience (father and son, mother and daughter, brothers and sisters, etc.). The program provides students with the opportunity to study multiple styles, courses, and levels with some of the industry’s leading musicians. Having enjoyed the experience of a lifetime, students leave each session with enough material to work on until the following year. The program’s administration has been organizing and directing summer music workshops across North America for fourteen years. This unique program has been sold out the last few years running. Musicians of all ages and levels have been attending from across the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. Considered one of the premier summer music education program in North America, the program has been offering workshops in Toronto, Vancouver, San Diego, and Nashville for many years and has now moved the Vancouver to Seattle.

By directing instruction to the student’s personal style, level of experience, and musical goals, the program creates a healthy, non-competitive environment in which to learn. In addition to an outstanding faculty roster, the list of artists who have worked and continue to work with the administration is truly astounding. Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Robben Ford, John Scofield, Steve Vai, Guthrie Govan, Victor Wooten, Randy Bachman, Andy McKee, Andy Summers (The Police), Pierre Bensusan, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Orianthi, John Abercrombie, Johnny Hiland, Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, John Jorgenson, Sue Foley, Tosin Abasi, Paul DeLong, and Billy Sheehan are just a few of the world class artists on this list. Courses are offered for all levels (Beginner to Advanced), ages (12 through Adult), and styles including blues, jazz, rock, acoustic, and classical. The intensive bass, drum, keyboard, vocal, and songwriting courses cover many styles and afford students with many rhythm section and ensemble performance opportunities. Each day consists of morning and afternoon classes that involve a hands-on approach, late afternoon clinics (songwriting, improvisation, vocal, etc.), ensemble performances, and evening concerts.

The new location in Seattle will be held at Seattle University right in the heart of the beautiful Emerald City. Nashville will be held at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro just outside the Music City with the Grand Ole Opry and legendary Music Row and other attractions. The San Diego location will once again be held on the beautiful campus of California State University San Marcos. Toronto’s session will once again be held in the suburb of Oakville at the beautiful Sheridan College Oakville Campus. All of these locations are scenic with breathtaking views and facilities which provide fantastic accommodations, modern classrooms, performance space, practice spaces and exceptional food and dining facilities.

Resident and non-resident tuitions are available and registration has already begun for the 2017 sessions.

For more information, contact  Guitar Workshop Plus: 905-567-8000,,

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