Beginner Guitar Summer Camps

Guitar students at summer camp



This one week workshop for beginners will cover the basics of guitar playing and prepare the student for individual lessons or a school guitar program. Guided by Mason alum/ Potomac Arts Academy Guitar Teaching Artist Chris Jenkins, students will learn guitar notation forms, how to play melodies, and strum chords. An acoustic guitar is required (with nylon strings recommended).


We have two separate groups: one for kids and one for teens!


Ages:  8 – 12 years | 13 – 18 years
Dates:  July 17 – 21, 2017
Times: See below
Tuition:  $225
Location:  Mason Potomac Arts Academy Building in Fairfax


Ages 8-12 Group
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Ages 13-18 Group
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
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Teens can make a day of it by registering for Intro to Music Composition, which runs 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

More advanced teen guitarists should enroll in our Summer Classical Guitar Workshop, July 31 – Aug 4, 2017!


Chris Jenkins Guitar Lessons Director/ Instructor:  Chris Jenkins
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Read about Mr. Jenkins

Christopher Jenkins is a performer and teacher in Washington DC area. He has given performances both at home and abroad, from Spain and Argentina to locations in South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and Washington D.C. He has premiered works by various composers, notably Ralf Bauer-Mörkens. In addition to performance, Christopher is a Teaching Artist on the faculty of the George Mason University Potomac Arts Academy and the Director of Guitar at Dominion Christian School in Vienna and Reston, VA. He holds his Master’s Degree in Music from the University of South Carolina School of Music where he studied with Christopher Berg and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the George Mason University School of Music.

Since 2009, Christopher and Brett Floyd have been performing together as The Coda Duo. The duo has performed dozens of concerts and also won first prize in the UTB/TSC Classical Guitar Ensemble Competition in Brownsville, Texas. Brett and Christopher released Sonata Andaluz in 2010, which included a new three-movement work dedicated to The Coda Duo. In early 2014, the duo will release their second album, Spaces Between. Their work can be found online at CDBaby, Amazon, and iTunes.

Christopher has performed in masterclasses for greats such as Pepe Romero, Martha Masters, Gilbert Biberian, Gallardo Del Rey, and Joaquin Clerch. Of special note, he has studied in a series of classes and instruction by renowned guitarist and composer Roland Dyens. In July of 2006, he studied classical guitar in Granada, Spain at the Interpretation of Spanish Song Festival where he appeared in concert at El Ladron de Agua Hotel. Christopher’s teaching interests lie in the study of guitar pedagogy, both in the private music studio as well as the classroom.

Christopher is a Hannabach Strings sponsored artist and performs on a guitar by Baltimore luthier Ross Gutmeier. He resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with his wife and daughters. Christopher is also co-owner of Faithbrooke Barn and Vineyards.


Teaching Assistant: Talha Mirza


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