The Caz guitar program is offered as both a primary instrument and as an elective in all camp sessions except the Young Musician session. The guitar program, described in detail below, includes both individual coaching and the opportunity to participate in guitar and mixed chamber ensembles. The primary focus of the guitar program is classical.
The Caz guitar program offers instruction in classical guitar technique and repertoire. The program includes both individual coaching and the opportunity to participate in guitar and mixed chamber ensembles. Students must bring their own acoustic guitar. Daily group activities include improvisation, theory, technique, interpretation, developing practice skills, and listening to recordings. Students practice three hours each day, during which time they receive at least a half hour of individual instruction. This varied and intensified learning environment accelerates the students’ progress and enables them to work in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. Specific goals include learning new work, completing a work in progress, polishing a learned piece, and preparing one or more pieces for the final concert performance.
Students interested in Jazz have the opportunity to participate in a jazz improvisation elective class. They may also audition on the first day of camp to play with the Jazz Ensemble. Normally, during a two-week session, campers participate in Jazz Ensemble for one of the two weeks; therefore, students should have enough technique and interest in the classical genre to accept instruction and play in classical ensembles in the alternate week. Guitarists interested in Jazz Band must demonstrate some familiarity with jazz chords and provide their own amplified guitar.