Young Guitarist Workshop

The Gfest 2021 Young Guitarists Workshop (“YGW”)is designed for young guitarists ages 6 to 15. The program uses time tested educational techniques to develop and improve technical and musical proficiency regardless of playing level.

The experienced YGW teaching team includes Adam Levin, William Riley, and Devin Ulibarri with guest appearances by Lautaro Mantilla (Latin style and rhythms) and James Davidson (popular styles).

Students spend four days combining fun and learning in private classes and special topics workshops such as “Rockshop”, improvisation, technique, sight reading and with numerous informal and formal performing opportunities.

YGW Students have unlimited access to all GFest masterclasses and live streamed events and have numerous opportunities to interact with featured Gfest guest artists.

YGW is famous for its welcoming atmosphere and close personal attention to each participant. Furthermore, students engage and make friends with like-minded colleagues from a “global village” that stretches around the world.

*Advanced students ages 13-15, who wish to participate in the Gfest Academy I program should send a 2-3 minute video link (youtube link, public or unlisted). Financial aid available upon request.

For questions of any kind, please contact:


Each student must submit a description of their ability, repertoire, years playing music/guitar, and current and past teacher(s) to It is also highly recommended that you submit a video link of a 2-3 minute video (youtube link, public or unlisted, is fine).

Tuition: $360
Registration Fee: $40
Financial assistance is available. For questions, pelase contact

Schedule Overview

Wednesday, June 16th is intended as a day for GFest participants to become aquainted with one another. Although there won’t be any YGW scheduled events, students are encouraged to join ongoing livestreams and engage with the chat.

Please refer to our Master schedule for our events on June 16th and other GFest activities (of which YGW participants may participate).

June 17th-18th (Thursday, Friday) YGW Schedule
8:00 a.m. Boston/Shanghai for audit (optional)
9:00 a.m. – noon Private Lessons with YGW Faculty**
12:00–2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
NEW!!! 3:00 p.m. Welcome with YGW Co-Directors on Thursday
3:15 p.m. Rockshop with Jim Davidson
4:15 p.m. Improv workshop with Lautaro Mantilla
5:15 p.m. Special workshops***

June 19th-20th (Saturday, Sunday) YGW Schedule
8:00 a.m. Boston/Shanghai for audit (optional)
9:00 a.m. Special Workshops***
10:00 a.m. Rockshop with Jim Davidson
11:00 a.m. Improv workshop with Lautaro Mantilla
12:00–2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00-5:00 p.m. Private Lessons with YGW Faculty

** For students who are still in school on the 17th and/or 18th, we can accommodate private lessons for the afternoon. If this is the case, please let us know immediately after registration at

***Topics for Special Workshops:
– Thursday = “Guitar Talks” with Will Riley
– Friday = “Vibrant Harmonies on the Kite Guitar” with the Kite Team
– Saturday = “Create a your own Guitar App” with Devin Ulibarri (Highly recommended to participate with a laptop/desktop computer)
– Sunday = “Guitar Expression with Vibrato” with Adam Levin