Classes For all levels sPeCIal GUesT arTIsTs At Guitar Workshop

rock blues jazz acoustic classical songwriting
99 Queen Street South,
Mississauga, ON Canada L5M 1K7
Bass Drums Keyboards Vocals
Classes For
All Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
& Advanced
All Ages Welcome
At Guitar Workshop
Plus we possess a
strong commitment
Tommy Emmanuel
to music education.
Guthrie Govan / Billy Sheehan
Join us this
Ian Thornley / Johnny Hiland
summer and
David Grissom / Dave Martone
treat yourself
Mark Kelso / Jon Finn
Robert Godin / and more!
to a fun,
Toronto, Ontario
& music-filled
Session 1: July 15–20, 2012
Session 2: July 22–27, 2012
On Or Off Campus Tuition
Vancouver, BC
August 12–17, 2012
For more information call 905.567.8000
2012 Guest Artists
Our guest artists share their knowledge and experiences with our students
while visiting classes, conducting clinics, and performing concerts.
Guthrie Govan (Toronto – Session 1)
One of the biggest guitar sensations in recent years, Guthrie Govan played
his first gig at the age of five, appeared on UK national TV four years later,
and subsequently went on to win the 1993 “Guitarist of the Year” contest
sponsored by the leading UK magazine Guitarist. Guthrie has worked as
a transcriber for Guitar Techniques magazine since 1994. His debut solo
album Erotic Cakes was released in 2006. This eclectic collection of guitar
instrumentals was widely acclaimed - inspiring Joe Satriani to deliver the
verdict “freakin’ awesome!” He has recorded and toured extensively with acts
ranging all the way from melodic rock (Asia) to jazz fusion (The Fellowship)
and electronica (The Young Punx.) His instructional columns and online
videos make him widely regarded as one of the finest guitar instructors out
there. In 2011, Guitar Player magazine ran a cover story on Guthrie. He is
currently touring and recording with the new rock-fusion power trio, The Aristocrats.
Tommy Emmanuel (Toronto – Session 2)
Recognized as the elite of the elite and arguably the greatest living
acoustic guitar player, two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel
has mesmerized both fellow musicians and audiences alike with a
professional career that spans over four decades. He is known for his
distinctive “finger style” playing, using all ten fingers—a technique
he was inspired to try after hearing his hero, the legendary Chet
Atkins. Chet became a mentor to Tommy after they met in the ’80s.
Emmanuel’s technical precision, his virtuosic improvisations and his
unusually broad repertoire – which encompasses not only country and
bluegrass, but also pop, jazz, blues, gospel, even classical, flamenco, and
aboriginal styles – bespeak Chet Atkins’ legacy. Tommy’s versatility has
taken him from international Jazz Festivals to shows with the Sydney
Philharmonic, The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and the Closing
Ceremonies of the Sydney Olympic Games. Some of Tommy’s many awards and accolades
include ‘Best Acoustic Guitarist’ and the ‘Guitar Legend Award’ in Guitar Player magazine,
the ‘Players Choice Award’ in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, induction into the National
Thumbpickers’ Hall of Fame, and he was honoured with the Order of Australia. Guitar
players of all levels come to his shows to watch the magic hands of the ‘guitar Wizard of Oz,’
but his appeal goes far beyond musicians. His live shows are
known for their humour, passion, and infectious joy. Tommy
has garnered loyal fans worldwide.
Billy Sheehan (Vancouver Session)
Rising to cult status in the 80’s with his band Talas, Billy
was recruited by David Lee Roth in ‘85. He recorded two
platinum selling albums with the former Van Halen front man
before setting out on his own. Forming Mr. Big in 1989, the
band achieved a Billboard #1 single in the USA and 14 other
countries with “To Be With You” as well as 2 other Top 40
hits and worldwide platinum status. While developing his trademark style of playing he has
performed over 4000 live gigs on every continent except Africa and Antarctica. Voted the
“Best Rock Bass Player” 5 times in Guitar Player magazine Readers Poll, an honour which
placed him in their “Gallery of Greats” (alongside Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Geddy
Lee and Eddie Van Halen to name but a few), he has also won readers polls in many other
countries. Billy’s hand-prints and signature were preserved in cement on the Hollywood
Rockwalk, an honour attributed to those artists who have made a significant contribution to
Rock and Roll. In Japan, Billy has won the prestigious “Player Magazine” Readers Poll for
Best Bass Player an unprecedented 17 consecutive times! He has played alongside the likes
of Steve Vai, Dennis Chambers, Mike Portnoy, and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) to name a few.
2010 saw the recording of a new Mr. Big album “What If ” and the 8th Niacin album. The
Mr. Big album was released certified Gold in one week! In 2011, Billy received a Lifetime
Achievement award from Yamaha acknowledging Billy’s contribution to his art and 25 years
of working together with developing his signature Attitude Bass.
Ian Thornley (Toronto – Session 2)
Ian Thornley is a Canadian rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Born
and raised in Toronto, Thornley studied music at Boston’s Berklee College
of Music, where he formed his first band, BIG WRECK, in 1993. BIG
WRECK signed a US record deal with Atlantic Records and their 1997
debut album, In Loving Memory Of..., which hit Double Platinum and
included 3 massive singles with “The Oaf,” “Blown Wide Open,” and
“That Song.” Although the band split after their sophomore album The
Pleasure & The Greed in 2001, Ian continued making rock music under the
band THORNLEY with consecutive gold albums Come Again and Tiny
Pictures, which spawned the hit singles “Make Believe,” “Come Again,” and
“So Far So Good.” Ian recently reunited with former Big Wreck guitarist
Brian Doherty, and produced the third Big Wreck album, Albatross for
Anthem/Warner. The first single from this return to form currently holds the #1 Canadian spot
on rock radio for its title track “Albatross”. Ian is regarded as one of Canada’s finest guitar players
so don’t miss this opportunity to spend time with him at Guitar Workshop Plus!
Johnny Hiland (Toronto Session 1)
Johnny Hiland grew up in Maine and took to the guitar at a
young age. At eight, he joined his family’s band and at age ten,
Hiland won the Talent America contest. Johnny began as a
bluegrass player and besides guitar, also plays banjo, fiddle and
mandolin. In high school, his musical tastes extended beyond
bluegrass to play jazz, blues and the guitar rock of players like
Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen. Johnny moved to Nashville
in the early 90’s and was quickly noticed as one of the best
guitar players around. In a matter of a few short years, he
reached critical acclaim as one of the best in the world. He has
headlined the legendary Grand Ole Opry as a solo artist twice and performed on Prime
Time Country. Johnny signed with Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label as a solo artist and
The Johnny Hiland Band released two studio albums of original country and rock guitar
instrumentals. In 2011 Johnny signed with Mike Varney’s Shrapnel Records. Johnny also
became a busy studio session musician in Nashville playing on projects for artists like Toby
Keith, Trick Pony, Ricky Skaggs, Janie Fricke, Lynn Anderson, Randy Travis, and Hank
III. He also has performed on stage with artists such as Sammy Hagar, George Clinton
and P Funk, Steve Vai, Les Paul, and a host of other greats. Today, Johnny is known as one
of the top guitar players in the world.
David Grissom (Vancouver Session)
David Grissom is one of Texas’ premier Rock, Blues, and Americana
guitarists who has toured and recorded with artists such as
Storyville, John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, The Allman Brothers Band,
Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, Ringo Starr, Buddy Guy,
John Mayall, and many others. David has been featured several
times in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, and Vintage
Guitar magazines. He is the author of the book “A Guide To Blues/
Rock Guitar Soloing.” He recently played on Buddy Guy’s 2011
Grammy Award winning recording, ‘Living Proof ’. David’s latest
solo release, ‘Way Down Deep’, finds him digging deeper into the
Austin Blues/Rock vein he is well known for and features blistering guitar work and lyrics
reflecting an artist embracing change and growth.
Mark Kelso (Toronto - Session 2)
Mark’s ability to play a wide variety of musical styles has helped
him become one of Canada’s most sought after drummers. An
all around player, Mark has worked with Shania Twain, Bonnie
Raitt, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Chaka Khan, The Brecker
Brothers, Gino Vanelli, Molly Johnson, Holly Cole, Ian Tyson,
Amanda Marshall, and many others. Mark is a popular clinician
in the drum and percussion world and is head of the percussion
department at one of Canada’s leading music programs. He has
also been featured in Canadian Musician, Drums etc, and Modern
Drummer magazines.
Facilities & locations
Toronto: Our program is held at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, located 20
minutes west of Toronto. This scenic campus overlooks the shores of Lake Ontario in
a beautiful and natural setting and boasts modern facilities including large classrooms,
spacious residences, a stage and auditorium, practice rooms, a large dining hall, as well
as recreational facilities and athletic fields. Toronto is one of the largest cities in North
America with an incredibly vibrant music scene. Attractions include the CN Tower, Massey
Hall, Harbourfront, and much more.
Travel Information: Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from
the campus. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is the nearest airport located 20
minutes away. Taxi and limousine services are available from the airport.
Dave Martone (Vancouver Session)
Dave has been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar World and
Guitar One Magazine where he was voted one of the top 4
underground shredders in North America! In addition to six
solo albums and two live concert DVD’s, Dave has appeared
on countless compilation albums. Dave has worked with Joe
Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Chad Kroeger, and
many others.
Jon Finn (Toronto – Session 1)
The Jon Finn Group has internationally released several CD’s and
has built a solid fan-base worldwide among instrumental rock
guitar enthusiasts. His band has opened for Dream Theater, Jeff
Beck, Edgar Winter, and many more. Jon has authored several
instructional books including the best selling ‘Advanced Modern
Rock Guitar Improvisation’ and has also been a columnist for some
of the major guitar magazines. His versatility has allowed him to
play alongside Steve Morse, Steve Gadd, Steven Tyler, Vince Gill,
the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andy Timmons, Stu Hamm,
Gloria Estefan, and John Petrucci among others.
Vancouver: Our program is held on the beautiful campus of Quest University in
Squamish, B.C. Conveniently located between Vancouver and Whistler along the Pacific
Ocean and Coast Mountains, this location offers brand new facilities and accommodations
with the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. This location is just 30 minutes from
the world class multicultural city of Vancouver, which boasts a healthy music scene and
plenty of attractions including beaches, Stanley Park, and world-class shopping and dining.
Whistler, one of North America’s most popular vacation spots, is also located nearby.
Travel Information: Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from
the campus. Shuttle, taxi, and other ground transportation should be arranged from
Vancouver International Airport to the campus.
general information
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.
uitar Workshop Plus is a program designed for aspiring musicians of all ages to
promote the growth and development of musical knowledge and skills. Our program
is unique in that we cater our instruction to the student’s personal style, level of experience,
and musical goals. We create a healthy, non-competitive, and supportive environment
in which to learn. Each day consists of morning and afternoon classes that involve a
hands-on approach, late afternoon clinics, ensemble performances, and evening concerts.
Students will also enjoy visits from world-class guest artists and have many performance
opportunities. DVD recordings of the student performances are available after the sessions.
The complete immersion in music allows students to walk away with enough material and
musical ideas to last until next year.
Whether you just started playing recently and want to get started in the right direction,
or you’ve been playing professionally and want to further develop your craft, you will find
what you’re looking for at Guitar Workshop Plus.
Currently, instruction is provided for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. Students
can elect to study one 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
rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, classical and a guitar course for the absolute beginner. We also
offer comprehensive bass, drums, keyboard, vocal and songwriting classes covering various
styles, theory, performance, and technique.
Each course combines hands-on technique with musicianship skills such as theory, ear
training, rhythm studies, etc. 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.
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.
Our Administration
Our administration has been responsible
for organizing and directing summer music programs across North America for the past
fourteen years. Founded by Brian Murray, a Toronto area guitarist/performer/educator, the
Guitar Workshop Plus administration and faculty have developed a loyal student base due to
the positive experience, excellent curriculum, professional faculty, visiting guest artists, and
the opportunity to meet other people who share the same musical interests.
Our Faculty
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 columns for music magazines.
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.
classes available
Rock Guitar | This course covers all of
the necessary elements of playing rock guitar.
Techniques including bending, hammer-ons,
pull-offs, slides, vibrato, and tapping are covered.
Other topics include chord work, pentatonic
scales, arpeggios, and modes. From the classic rock
sounds of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to the
modern styles of Foo Fighters and Nickelback, this
course will help any aspiring rock guitarist.
Blues Guitar | Designed for
the aspiring blues guitarist, this
course covers the styles of blues
masters such as B.B. King, Albert
Collins, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray
Vaughan. Topics include pentatonic
scales, chord voicings, arpeggios,
turnarounds and developing ‘feel’
through the use of blues techniques
such as bends, slides, and vibrato.
Jazz Guitar | Students will learn
and develop the skills required to
effectively perform jazz guitar in the
style of masters such as Jim Hall, Pat
Metheny, John Scofield, and Joe Pass. Topics include harmony, chord voicings and extensions,
swing feel comping, chord/melody approaches, and extensive improvisation studies such as
scales, modes, arpeggios, and creating lines. Swing, bebop, Latin, and modal styles will be
covered by analyzing jazz standard repertoire.
Classical Guitar | From Paganini to Rodrigo, this course will explore a variety of right
hand finger-picking techniques, musical understanding and interpretation of pieces. Topics
will include classical arpeggios, flamenco rasgueados, tremolos, and a study of repertoire
of some of the greatest composers such as Sor and Brouwer. Students will leave this class
with the skills necessary to express themselves on classical
guitar as well as skills useful for other styles of playing. The
course will culminate with an ensemble performance at the
end of the session.
Acoustic Guitar | Essential elements of acoustic
guitar playing are covered for solo performance and vocal
accompaniment. Topics include flatpicking, finger picking,
chord harmony, scale theory, alternate tunings, and slide.
From the Delta blues sound of Robert Johnson to the folk
stylings of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor to the modern
acoustic sounds of Michael Hedges, and Dave Matthews,
this course is a must for the acoustic guitarist.
Guitar for the Complete Beginner | This class is
designed for guitarists of all ages who have very limited playing
experience. Basic guitar skills such as positioning, tuning,
chords, strumming, and single note playing are learned. Songs
from a variety of styles including, rock, blues, folk and others
are studied while applying skills learned in class.
Bass Guitar | Bass players of all
levels will benefit from this course.
Bass skills needed to play many styles
including jazz, rock, funk, Latin,
and blues are covered. Topics include
chord progressions, creating bass
lines, improvisation, ear training, and theory. Bass techniques
such as slapping, popping, and chords are also explored. Students
enrolled in this course will have extensive ensemble performance
Drums/Percussion | Designed for drummers of
all levels, this intensive course covers all styles of music.
Conducted in group and private lessons, students will
study groove, technique, syncopation, polyrhythms, brush
technique, soloing, reading, and other drum and percussion
concepts. Students enrolled in this course will have extensive
ensemble performance opportunities.
Keyboard | Keyboard players of
all levels will work with instructors in
a setting that enables students, including those classically trained,
a chance to explore improvised and popular contemporary music
styles including jazz, blues and rock. Curriculum topics include
triads, intervals, chord voicings & progressions, inversions, scales
and modes, soloing, rhythm section fundamentals, synthesis and
midi recording. Students enrolled in this course will have extensive
ensemble performance opportunities.
Vocals | For vocalists of all levels, this course is designed to
develop individual vocal style, expand vocal range and increase overall vocal ability while
learning to sing the songs you enjoy. Learn techniques that are used in singing pop, jazz,
blues, rock, country, and folk. Topics include chest, middle, and head voice, breathing,
vibrato, licks and trills, and daily warm ups. Also explore diet, body movement and
overcoming stage fright. Students enrolled in this course will have extensive ensemble
performance opportunities.
Songwriting | Through a combination of individual and
interactive in-class study and performance, this course will
introduce students to the basics of the art—and business—of
song writing. Open to students of various levels, the course will be
divided into three main study areas: lyricwriting, song structure,
and the business of songwriting. The course will focus on popular
or mainstream genres, and the class will analyze songs from a wide
range of popular song-writers, including Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow,
and Avril Lavigne. Students will be encouraged to collaborate with
their classmates and perform songs created in class as an ensemble.
2012 seminars available
Rock Guitar Cross-Training (Toronto – Session 1)
with Jon Finn and special guest Guthrie Govan
So you’re learning your scales, chords, and theory, and your friends say
your chops are getting really good. But sometimes it still doesn’t exactly
come out the way you want. Come to this seminar prepared to work
hard and practice a lot, and your playing will be taken to new heights.
You’ll leave with enough material to practice for several years. Students
should have a reasonably solid working knowledge of scales, arpeggios
and chords. Reading music is helpful but not essential. Although this
course is designed primarily with rock players in mind, these concepts are built on solid
theoretical principles and can apply to any style of music. Topics covered include a new
look at pentatonics, rhythmic and thematic development, analysis of chord progressions,
modal improvisation, creative expression and much more. One of our most popular
instructors, Jon Finn, is uniquely qualified to teach this. He’s spent most of his professional
life divided equally between performing and teaching. His approach is heavily influenced
by his experiences working closely with masters such as Guthrie Govan, Steve Morse, John
Petrucci, Dave Larue, Carl Verheyen, John Williams, Tom Morello and many others.
Guitar phenom, Guthrie Govan will spend two days with students in this course.
Fingerstyle (Toronto – Session 2)
With Mike Bowell special guest Tommy Emmanuel
This course will focus on the classic fingerstyle method of playing
guitar made famous by the likes of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins,
Scotty Anderson and Tommy Emmanuel. This seminar will cover
the essential elements of this great style, including Travis-Picking,
walking bass lines, harp harmonics, and cascades. In addition,
through learning and playing many of the standard songs from the
Travis-Picking repertoire, topics like chord-melody, solo arranging,
voicings and substitutions, and improvising will be addressed. This
seminar class will enjoy a visit from one of the greatest guitarists in
the world, Tommy Emmanuel.
Rockin’ The Blues (Vancouver Session)
with Tim Porter and special guest David Grissom
This seminar is designed to focus on rock that wears it’s blues
influence on it’s sleeve. We’ll be looking at some guitar players
and bands that took what they learned from the original blues
artists, and forged a new style of rock. Using different tones and
rhythms, but always with a nod to the past, some of the most
memorable songs were created in this style. From the Allmans to
Zep, you can hear how the sounds of the Delta were transformed
into a powerful “new” sound that can still be heard influencing
bands and players today. An in depth look at how to use major
and minor pentatonic scales, the “blues” and “mixolydian”
scales, string bending, hammer-on and pull-off techniques, double stops, fresh chord ideas,
slide licks, wah-wah tricks and much more will be covered. So don’t miss out if you want
to learn how to make your guitar sing like the best of ‘em! This class will enjoy a visit from
the great Texas guitar slinger, David Grissom.
Red Hot Country Guitar (Toronto - Session 1)
with Michael Hawley and special guest Johnny Hiland
Not just for country players, this seminar teaches improvisational
concepts that apply to any style. Whether you are a jazz, rock or blues
player, this class will also give you the tools to take on any country gig
with confidence. Topics include hybrid pick-and-finger techniques,
chick’n pickin’, pedal-steel and open string licks, building single
note lines from chord forms, creating double stops, and mapping
the fretboard to effectively play through chord changes. Gain practical knowledge on how
to generate a great country tone, including effects & settings, signal chain, amps, pickups,
and guitars, as well as in-depth discussion of the styles of today’s masters such as Albert
Lee, Johnny Hiland, Ray Flacke, Danny Gatton, Pete Anderson and more. Plenty of inclass playing is utilized to reinforce the many new ideas and techniques this style demands.
Rather than ending up with just a collection of licks, several country ‘standards’ are used
as templates, allowing students to implement their ideas right away into songs. Michael
is an experienced player and clinician with over 25 years of experience. He has played
and worked with Brent Mason, Johnny Hiland, Pat Martino, Will Ray, Toby Keith, Gary
Allan, and many others. The knowledge and passion for teaching Michael brings will make
this a seminar you won’t soon forget. This course will also enjoy a visit from the amazing
Johnny Hiland!
Modern Rock Guitar and Songwriting
(Toronto - Session 2) with Aaron Little and
special guest Ian Thornley
This course is designed to help guitar players at a moderate to advanced
level perfect their skills as a guitarist and songwriter. Covering a variety
of topics including rock rhythm guitar, ear training, chord voicings,
knowledge of the neck, rock improvisation and techniques, riff/hook
development, song arrangement and in depth analysis of the writing
techniques used in today’s hit rock and pop radio. If you’ve ever wanted
to improve your abilities as a lead or rhythm guitar player, take your
songs and sound to the next plateau, learn about the techniques used by
your favourite rock guitarist, or learn how to perform at a professional
level, then this is the course for you. Long time GWP faculty Aaron Little
performs with Canadian rock band See Spot Run whose songs have seen Top 40 radio
charts. Aaron has shared the stage with such acts as Our Lady Peace, Default, Bon Jovi,
Stone Temple Pilots and, the special guest for this seminar, Ian Thornley.
Extreme Guitar Frontiers
(Vancouver Session)
with Dave Martone
Join one of Canada’s finest guitarists, Dave Martone on this journey
into the insane! Topics covered will include insane legato, tapping
and hybrid picking, sweeping, string sweeping, speed picking,
bubble tapping, harp harmonics, modes/harmonic/melodic, chord
inversions, and more! In-class jamming is crucial so there will be
in-class performances daily as well. Dave has toured and performed
with Joe Satriani, Michael Angelo Batio, Marty Friedman, Stu
Hamm, Mike Portnoy, 3 Doors Down, Chad Krueger, and others.
Our Students
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.
On-Campus Students
Housing and Meals
On-campus students stay in the dormitories and are provided with three meals per day.
The cafeteria offers a wide selection of food and vegetarian options are always available.
Students are housed according to age and gender. Groups of under age students are
supervised by staff members who also stay in the dorm house. Arrangements can be made
to be roomed with a specific roommate. Please include your roommate’s name on the
application form. A limited number of private
rooms are also available for an additional fee.
Off-Campus Students
Students who do not stay on campus overnight
during the session pay a lower tuition fee. Meals
are not included but a weekly meal plan is
available for an additional cost.
Underage Students
Unless accompanied by an approved member of
the staff and a signed parental permission form
is on file, students under the age of 18 are not permitted to leave campus. Those under age
students who drive to the campus must leave their car keys with the office at the beginning
of the session. Off campus students who are under age 18 must be signed in and out by
their parents/legal guardians when they arrive and leave the campus. Parents of under
age students must notify the office staff if their child takes prescription medication. All
medicines must be stored in our office and will be dispersed as per written instructions
outlined on the health form.
Student Policies
To maximize the enjoyment of the session for all participants and to create a friendly and
creative atmosphere, a certain code of conduct must be followed. Students who violate the
stated rules and regulations or whose behaviour jeopardizes the enjoyment and safety of
other participants will be dismissed from the program without refund of tuition. Illegal
drugs and alcohol are not permitted on campus. Possession or use of these substances
results in immediate dismissal from the program without refund of tuition.
Students must provide their own instrument and are responsible for their personal
belongings and equipment. Guitar Workshop Plus will not be held responsible for these
items. Participants in the program may be photographed during class or performances for
use in promo material or our website.
Regardless of age, all participants must complete a health form before they can be
admitted into the program. Should a medical situation arise or if there are any pre-existing
or current medical conditions that we should be aware of, we must have this information
on file. Please note, however, that we are not a special needs program. All medical expenses
are the responsibility of the student or their parent/guardian. Guitar Workshop Plus will
not be held responsible for the cost of any medicine or medical services. Guitar Workshop
Plus reserves the right to refuse admission to the program at it’s discretion.
Session Dates and Fees
Session 1 (Toronto): July 15–20, 2012
Session 2 (Toronto): July 22–27, 2012
Session 3 (Vancouver): August 12–17, 2012
Students attending multiple sessions receive a $100 discount.
Registration Fee (non-refundable) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50
Tuition Fee (per session) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $850
OPTIONAL FEES (per session):
On-Campus Room & Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $450
Amp Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40
Meal Package (off campus students) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $200
Extra Night (early arrival, lodging only). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $120
Between Session Lodging (multi session students). . . . . . . $150
Private Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $350
*All fees in Canadian dollars. For U.S. customers, fees will be less depending on the exchange rate.
Scholarship Information
he Guitar Workshop Plus scholarship fund is made possible by the generous support of
the following companies: Godin, Roland, D’Addario, Evans and Guitar Workshop Plus.
These companies value music education and support the Guitar Workshop Plus program so
that students of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to attend our program and
study with some of the finest musicians and educators in the music industry.
A limited number of full and partial scholarships for all instruments are available. Awards
are based on musicianship, reference letters, and financial need. All scholarship applications
must be postmarked by April 30, 2012 and applicants will be notified no later than May 31,
2012 if they have received a scholarship. Scholarship applicants must follow the application
process and payment schedule outlined on the Guitar Workshop Plus application form.
Applicants who are awarded scholarships will be refunded the value of the scholarship. If for
any reason a recipient is unable to accept the scholarship or attend, Guitar Workshop Plus
must be notified in writing by June 30, 2012.
To be considered for a scholarship award,
applicants must send the following materials:
• Completed scholarship application (page 19)
• Completed Guitar Workshop Plus application form (page 10)
along with full payment or deposit cheque
• Letter of intent stating musical interests, musical goals,
and reasons for seeking a scholarship
• CD or cassette demo including two songs
(clearly labeled and not more than 10 minutes in length)
• Two letters of reference (teachers, employers, etc.)
Scholarship Application Form
Refer to page 16 for scholarship requirements.
Phone:_________________________________________________________________ Email:_________________________________________________________________
Age: ___________ Number of years playing: ______________
Private Lessons: p Yes
The Ultimate Experience in Music Education
p No
If yes, for how long?_____________________________
Theory Knowledge:
p None p Beg. p Int. p Adv.
Music Reading Ability:
p None p Beg. p Int. p Adv.
Tablature Reading Ability: p None
p Beg. p Int. p Adv.
How many sessions do you plan to attend?______________________________________
Education: p High School
p College/University p Highest level completed
Marital Status:
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Joe Satriani • Alex Lifeson (Rush) • Robben Ford John Scofield • Steve Vai • Rik Emmett • Randy Bachman • Paul Gilbert
Andy Summers (The Police) • Dave Larue • John Abercrombie
Duke Robillard • Greg Howe • Pierre Bensusan • Jennifer Batten
Gary Hoey • Sue Foley • Lorne Lofsky • John Knowles • Stu Hamm
Peppino D’Agostino • John Jorgenson • Andy Timmons • Don Ross
Paul Delong • Rick Gratton • Mike Stern • Orianthi and many others!
p Single p Married p Divorced
Household Income: p Below 35,000
p 50,000 – 65,000
p 80,000 – 100,000
p 35,000 – 50,000
p 65,000 – 80,000
p Above 100,000
The information above is true to the best of my knowledge:
Parent / Guardian Signature:________________________________________________
(if applicant is under 18)
For more information call 905.567.8000 or
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