Registration opens November 13th, 2018!!

Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Andy McKee's Musicarium is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Some of the many topics you will be learning and understanding at Musicarium will include:

  • Tapping

  • Finger Style

  • Altered tunings

  • Percussion

  • Arranging

Andy McKee’s Musicarium 2019

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An Invitation from Andy McKee

I wanted to invite everyone to join me at Andy McKee’s Musicarium 2019, taking place July 31 through August 4 at the EarthRise Institute in Petaluma, CA. As always, my guitar camp is for players of all ages, skill levels, and interests. Together, we’ll take part in an array of workshops, mentor sessions, and other activities all designed to make you a better player and to hopefully inspire you as well. There are also plenty of fun and intimate performances from myself and the other guitar instructors.

I think this year will be very special, because we’re stepping up our game. We’ll have more instructors than any other of my camps who’s origins and styles really span the globe. There will be five teachers this year including myself, and we’ll all be available for students to learn from. We’ve got the amazing Mike Dawes and Jon Gomm coming over from the UK. Jon has been a personal influence of mine. One of my good friends and amazing teachers – Calum Graham from Toronto will be there, and another amazing friend and player Trevor Gordon Hall will be there. Trevor will be bringing his Kalimbatar from Pennsylvania. It’s a really broad variety, so there will be a lot to learn at this year’s camp.

One component that sets our approach towards making music on the guitar apart is that we’re always looking to try new things. We use a lot of different techniques from alternative tunings, tapping on the fret board, and playing with unusual harmonics. There’s no set-in-stone tradition. We take in all kinds of techniques and tunings with any possible nuance to make music more varied. We all do whatever it takes to find your own sound and song.

I’m very happy to be hosting Musicarium at the EarthRise Institute again. It’s a really unusual and special place up in the hills near Petaluma. Last year, we went for a night hike to look at the stars. There’s no light pollution, you can see them all. There’s also a meditative labyrinth made of river stones that we walked through. We do a lot more than just guitar stuff. We all hang out, have fun, and build a community of fellowship that goes beyond just camps. It’s such a creative environment, and it’s very inspiring.

I also really want to mention the food at the EarthRise Institute is unbelievable! Everything organic and incredibly fresh. I was really knocked out by the food there, so I’m definitely looking forward to coming back for another helping.

Personally, I look forward to Musicarium every year just for the sheer fun of it. There are some students that have attended every camp. I love seeing them and catching up on their progress, but I also enjoy meeting new students with similar desires and passion that we all have. One thing hosting Musicarium has taught me is that there’s always more to learn – about music, about ways of being creative, about finding your own song. Nobody knows everything. So no matter what skill level you are, whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been playing guitar for a while, everybody walks away with something new.

I really love hosting these camps, and I really hope you’re be at Andy McKee’s Musicarium this year.

Featured Artists

Mike Dawes

Jon Gomm

Calum Graham

Trevor Gordon Hall

Sample Schedule

Thursday July 05

  • 3:00 PM

    Check-In

  • 4:30 PM

    Orientation

  • 5:30 PM

    Mentor Session Raffle

  • 6:00 PM

    Break

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:15 PM

    Andy McKee & Instructors Concert – Round Robin Style (with Eric Johnson)

  • 10:30 PM

    Open Mic

  • *There will be a raffle to determine the picking order for Andy McKee, Stephen Bennett, and Don Ross one on one Mentor Sessions. These sessions will be 10 minutes long and you are limited to session/pick per student. These sessions are optional. 

Friday July 06

  • 8:30 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:00 AM

    Andy McKee & Eric Johnson Workshop

  • 11:00 AM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Andy McKee
    • Group 2 – Don Ross
    • Group 3 – Stephen Bennett
  • 12:00 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 2 – Andy McKee
    • Group 3 – Don Ross
    • Group 1 – Stephen Bennett
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30 PM

    Mentor Sessions (optional)

  • 2:45 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 3 – Andy McKee
    • Group 1 – Don Ross
    • Group 2 – Stephen Bennett
  • 4:00 PM

    Guitar Workshop Breakout Classes

    A) Eric Johnson – Acoustic Guitar

    B) Stephen Bennett – Harp Guitar

  • 5:30 PM

    Break

  • 6:00 PM

    Mentor Sessions (optional)

  • 6:45 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Andy McKee & Eric Johnson Concert

Saturday July 07

  • 8:30 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:00 AM

    Andy McKee & Michael Manring Workshop

  • 11:00 AM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Andy McKee
    • Group 2 – Eric Johnson
    • Group 3 – Stephen Bennett
  • 12:00 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 2 – Andy McKee
    • Group 3 – Eric Johnson
    • Group 1 – Stephen Bennett
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30 PM

    Mentor Sessions (optional)

  • 2:45 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 3 – Andy McKee
    • Group 1 – Eric Johnson
    • Group 2 – Stephen Bennett
  • 4:00 PM

    Guitar Workshop Breakout Classes

    A) Don Ross – His style of guitar

    B) Michael Manring – Bass Guitar

  • 5:30 PM

    Break

  • 6:00 PM

    Mentor Sessions (optional)

  • 6:45 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Andy McKee & Michael Manring: A Tribute to Michael Hedges

Sunday July 08

  • 8:30 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:00 AM

    Andy McKee Workshop

  • 11:00 AM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Andy McKee
    • Group 2 – Don Ross
    • Group 3 – Stephen Bennett
  • 12:00 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 2 – Andy McKee
    • Group 3 – Don Ross
    • Group 1 – Stephen Bennett
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30 PM

    Mentor Sessions (optional)

  • 2:45 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 3 – Andy McKee
    • Group 1 – Don Ross
    • Group 2 – Stephen Bennett
  • 4:00 PM

    Guitar Workshop Breakout Classes

    A) Andy McKee – Guitar Style

    B) Stephen Bennett – More Harp Guitar

  • 5:15 PM

    Group Photo and Instructor Autograph Session

  • 6:00 PM

    Break

  • 6:45 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Student Instructor Concert

Monday July 09

  • 8:30 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:00 AM

    Andy Mckee’s Departure Lecture

  • 11:00AM

    Check-Out

Monday August 15

  • 3:00PM

    Check-In

  • 4:30-5:00PM

    Orientation

  • 5:00-6:00PM

    Mentor Sessions Raffle (There will be a raffle to determine the picking order for Andy McKee, Preston Reed, Thomas Leeb, and Craig D’Andrea one on one Mentor Sessions. These sessions will be 20 minutes long and you are limited to one session/pick per student. These sessions are optional.)

  • 6:00-6:30PM

    Break

  • 6:30-8:00PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00-10:00PM

    Andy McKee & Instructors Concert – Round Robin Style

Tuesday August 16

  • 7:30-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:15-10:15AM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 1 – Preston Reed, Group 2 – Thomas Leeb, Group 3 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 4 – Andy McKee)

  • 10:30-11:30AM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 4 – Preston Reed, Group 1 – Thomas Leeb, Group 2 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 3 – Andy McKee)

  • 11:45AM-12:45PM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 3 – Preston Reed, Group 4 – Thomas Leeb, Group 1 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 2 – Andy McKee)

  • 1:00-2:30PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30-2:30PM

    Andy, Preston, Thomas, and Craig Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 2:45-3:45PM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 2 – Preston Reed, Group 3 – Thomas Leeb, Group 4 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 1 – Andy McKee)

  • 4:00-5:00PM

    Guitar Workshop with All 4 Instructors (Being a Professional Musician)

  • 5:00-6:30PM

    Break

  • 5:30-6:30PM

    Andy, Preston, Thomas, and Craig Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 6:30-8:00PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00-8:30PM

    Thomas Leeb Solo Performance

  • 8:30-9:00PM

    Craig D’Andrea Performance

  • 9:00-9:30PM

    Andy McKee Solo Performance

  • 9:30-10:00PM

    Open Mic

Wednesday August 17

  • 7:30-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:15-10:15AM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 1 – Preston Reed, Group 2 – Thomas Leeb, Group 3 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 4 – Andy McKee)

  • 10:30-11:30AM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 4 – Preston Reed, Group 1 – Thomas Leeb, Group 2 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 3 – Andy McKee)

  • 11:45AM-12:45PM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 3 – Preston Reed, Group 4 – Thomas Leeb, Group 1 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 2 – Andy McKee)

  • 1:00-2:30PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30-2:30PM

    Andy, Preston, Thomas, and Craig Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 2:45-3:45PM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 2 – Preston Reed, Group 3 – Thomas Leeb, Group 4 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 1 – Andy McKee)

  • 4:00-5:00PM

    Guitar Workshop with All 4 Instructors (Composing Instrumental Guitar Music)

  • 5:00-6:30PM

    Break

  • 5:30-6:30PM

    Andy, Preston, Thomas, and Craig Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 6:30-8:00PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00-8:30PM

    Preston Reed Solo Performance

  • 8:30-9:00PM

    Andy McKee Solo Performance

  • 9:00-10:00PM

    Open Mic

Thursday August 18

  • 7:30-9:00AM

    Breakfast (At Breakfast, there will be a sign up sheet for the Student & Instructor Show. We will need song title. Please note if you want to perform with an instructor for signup. This is limited to one song per student please. Song order will be posted at Lunch.)

  • 9:15-10:15AM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 1 – Preston Reed, Group 2 – Thomas Leeb, Group 3 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 4 – Andy McKee)

  • 10:30-11:30AM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 4 – Preston Reed, Group 1 – Thomas Leeb, Group 2 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 3 – Andy McKee)

  • 11:45AM-12:45PM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 3 – Preston Reed, Group 4 – Thomas Leeb, Group 1 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 2 – Andy McKee)

  • 1:00-2:30PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30-2:30

    Andy, Preston, Thomas, and Craig Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 2:45-3:45PM

    Group Classes Rotate
    (Group 2 – Preston Reed, Group 3 – Thomas Leeb, Group 4 – Craig D’Andrea, and Group 1 – Andy McKee)

  • 4:00-5:00PM

    Guitar Workshop (Check Out My Gear)

  • 5:15PM

    Class Photo (Attendance Is Required)

  • 6:00-7:30PM

    Dinner

  • 7:00-7:30PM

    Instructor Photo & Autograph Session

  • 7:30-8:00PM

    Andy McKee Solo Performance

  • 8:00PM

    Student & Instructor Show

Friday August 19

  • 7:30-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 11:00AM

    Check Out

Location

 Setting & Accommodations

At EarthRise guests can commune with the land and experience ecological awareness and transformational programs and practices that foster self-reflection and personal growth. The campus is a place where we integrate theory and practice, science and spirituality, as well as renewal and retreat. EarthRise is a retreat center that features dorm-style rooms and a shared community bathroom. The accommodations are simple they do not have a TV but the site does include free wifi throughout.

Virtual online tour: http://www.noetic.org/earthrise/virtual-tour

Area Attractions

Petaluma has an Airport, a Marina and is positioned as the southern gateway to Sonoma County’s wine country and to the Pacific Ocean coast. We have a distinctly charming downtown and many exciting events during the year. Visit Petaluma.

Area Activities

Petaluma is known as the portal to Sonoma County making it an ideal base for excursions to the Wine Country, the dramatic Sonoma Coast and the majestic redwood groves. Or stay in affordable accommodations in Petaluma and drive south across the Golden Gate Bridge for sightseeing in San Francisco. If you are more of a waterway than highway type of traveler, it’s smooth sailing getting to Petaluma. Cruise up the gentle Petaluma River, dock at the Turning Basin, and be just steps away from award-winning restaurants, boutique shopping, live music and movies. In addition to our great location, Petaluma is a city that knows how to have a good time. Our Events Calendar is loaded with fairs and festivals that are sometimes described as “quirky.” Call it what you will, the community thrives on coming together for events that celebrate our heritage and history. Visit Petaluma.

Travel Directions

EarthRise Institute

Address
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952

Website
EarthRise Institute

Contact
Contact Us

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Instrument Travel

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Pricing and Registration

Room Types and Pricing

  • Commuter Package
    899.00

    Includes all workshops without accommodations but does not include food, food is not available a la carte. Pricing is per person.

  • Commuter Package with Meals
    1,199.00

    Includes all workshops without accommodations but does include meals. Pricing is per person.

  • Shared Room
    1,499.00

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate.  You may either name a fellow registrant as your roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Roommate must also register for Andy Mckee Musicarium. Rooms are dorm style with a shared community bathroom. Pricing is per person.

  • Private Room
    1,999.00

    Private room. Same room as the standard room but will not have a roommate. Rooms are dorm style with a shared community bathroom. Pricing is per person.

  • Bring Your Loved Ones
    2,699.00

    If you would like to have your loved join you in Petaluma but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals at Earthrise, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar hero dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Petaluma area. Your room is a dorm style room with a shared community bathroom. Pricing is per couple; two people for one participant and one non-participant. 

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments if you are not signing up for our premium upgrade

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on May 1, 2016.
    • Any registrations received after May 1, 2016 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

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