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Acoustic Guitar Camp
2017 Dates To Be Announced
Ashokan Acoustic Guitar Camp offers guitarists of all levels an opportunity for real immersion and growth on the instrument in a friendly environment where people can sing, jam and share valuable musical information.
You’ll come away with new repertoire and techniques, a reinvigorated sense of direction and purpose, and a greater confidence and joy in creating music.
There’ll be classes in blues, country, finger-picking, flat-picking, Bluegrass, blues and jazz/swing melody and accompaniment. Levels from beginner to advanced will allow you to hone your existing skills or try something new.
Each instructor will offer two classes a day. There are four 90 minute class periods each day with four classes each period. You’ll have the opportunity to study with more than one instructor and take as many as four classes a day. While it’s best to stick with a class for all three days, you are free to switch if you find a class doesn’t suit your needs.
Evenings will include hosted jams, mini-concerts and presentations, where instructors will talk about and demonstrate their musical influences, share their iPods and answer questions.
Instructors for 2017 To Be Announced
Our instructors are among the top in their craft. Each has a wealth of performing and teaching experience and is eager to connect with students of all abilities by being open and accessible. Our staff has also been selected to be musically simpatico. We hope that you are as enticed by the prospect of exciting musical collaborations – planned and impromptu – as we are. We look forward to a week rich in stylistic cross-pollination, discovery and musical fun!
Peter Davis, Camp Organizer
A note about class levels: Ashokan classes are both practical and conceptual. Most contain some combination of technique, theory and repertoire. Although classes do have ability guidelines, one can attend any class to glean some chestnuts, even if a bit above or below one’s skill level. Audio recording and note taking are welcomed, so that if an instructor’s pace is beyond someone’s ability level, one can always return to the material. Most classes will include handouts. Video recording is not permitted.
While the 2017 daily camp schedule is in development, you can view information and photos from last year’s camp.
Tuition & Meals
Tuition includes all classes, dances, workshops, and meals. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available.
Ages 13-25 TBA
Ages 5-12 TBA
Children under 5 FREE
*Camp attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a special Parent/Guardian rate which includes meals, dance and concert, but no classes.
Lodging is additional.
You may select regular, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.
You may hold your place with a deposit of $150. Full payment is due no later than six weeks before camp begins.
Partial refunds are available until two weeks before camp begins. To cancel, please log into the account you created when registering on Regonline and select the option to cancel. Cancellation fees apply.
Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging as part of the registration process. More information and costs here.
What to Bring
- If you are staying onsite: Sleeping bag or sheets, blanket, pillowcases, towels, soap, toiletries. There are light quilts in each private room and a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance and we’ll do our best.
- Flashlight, camera.
- Clothes and shoes for wet and dry weather.
- Public consumption of alcohol is discouraged.
Acoustic Guitar Camp “What to Bring” info sheet – See this page for more info about what to bring, the schedule for the first day of camp, directions to Ashokan and additional important information.
Youth Pricing and Scholarship Fund
We’re excited about the growing interest in traditional music and dancing among young people–the future is in their hands. To help young people take part in Ashokan Music & Dance Camps, we offer major discounts for children and young adults and have established a Youth Scholarship Fund. Anyone age 25 or younger can apply by filling out our Youth Scholarship Application.
A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp. A list of available positions can be found here.
Indicate your first three choices of positions during online registration and make a deposit of $150 or more to hold your registration.
Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Registration will once again be available online. Watch for our announcements on facebook (see below).
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