There’s no doubt that Paul Reed Smith is a well-known guitar maker, but there is, however, another side to the company that is not widely known: He is passionate about teaching and mentoring. For decades, Paul, an accomplished guitarist whose band, the PRS Band, has appeared on stages across the globe, has been teaching guitar and music students. He also has taught at numerous Maryland Middle and High Schools through his School Teaching Events, which revolves around music and positive life planning.
Last year, Smith teamed up with the prestigious Maryland Hall and several world-class musicians to offer a week-long Musician’s Clinic that culminated in an Teacher/Student Concert.
This year, Maryland Hall and Paul want to open up the program and offer the courses in a virtual setting allowing for a broader audience and safe learning environment. Paul and several distinguished musicians, including legendary drummer Dennis Chambers, YouTube guitar teaching experts Tim Pierce and Tyler Larson, Session directors Gary Grainger (groove & bass) and Greg Grainger (groove & drums), known worldwide as “The Grainger Brothers” as well as some of Maryland’s best musicians, including Michael Ault (guitar), Bryan Ewald (guitar), Benjie Porecki (keys), Mia Samone (vocals), and Bill Nelson (guitar) will be giving clinics and offering instruction. The four-day virtual program will take place Aug. 10-13 and is open to musicians and enthusiasts of all ages around the world.
The School’s theme is “Understanding Harmony, Melody, and Rhythm to Make You a Better Musician.” All sessions will be taught via live video stream and will include extensive interactive portions for students of all skillsets, ages, and instruments to engage with their teachers. Through a Master Class online environment, all attendees will be given real ways to view and experience music and improve their playing abilities. Master classes will include how to groove, beginner to advanced guitar, keyboards, vocals, drums, and bass.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for musicians to learn directly from these amazing teachers. Imagine learning how to groove from Dennis Chambers, or improving your technique with Tyler and Tim. That kind of input can help skyrocket your playing,” says Paul Reed Smith.
More Details can be found here:
What: Maryland Hall & Paul Reed Smith Present 2nd Annual Music School for Aspiring Musicians – Online this year
When: Monday, August 10 through Thursday, August 13, Daily from 11 am – 4:30 pm (U.S. Eastern Standard Time)
Where: Online. The event will be livestreamed on marylandhallmusicschool.com/live. Registrants will receive the link and password in an confirmation email upon registration.
Tuition: $100 per person for all 4 days of all Master classes
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