Registration Opens October 25 at 9AM Eastern!

Andy McKee’s Musicarium 2020

Andy McKee’s Musicarium is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes! 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!

Sign up by November 28th to receive these great promos:

  • 10% discount on Musicarium Registration
  • First 20 registrations get a guaranteed one-on-one mentor session with Andy McKee
  • Exclusive Andy McKee” Musicarium” T-Shirt
  • Official Andy McKee “Musicarium” Laminate
  • Exclusive “Musicarium 2020” Event Poster (signed by all artists)
  • TrueFire.com Discount Card for on-line guitar instructional courses
  • Andy McKee Gift bag with guitar picks, stickers, and more

 

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

  • Altered Tunings
  • Developing Musical Ideas
  • Solo Guitar Techniques
  • Polyphony On One Guitar
  • Arranging Covers

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 tastes! 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!

Sign up by November 28th to receive these great promos:

  • 10% discount on Musicarium Registration
  • First 20 registrations get a guaranteed one-on-one mentor session with Andy McKee
  • Exclusive Andy McKee” Musicarium” T-Shirt
  • Official Andy McKee “Musicarium” Laminate
  • Exclusive “Musicarium 2020” Event Poster (signed by all artists)
  • TrueFire.com Discount Card for on-line guitar instructional courses
  • Andy McKee Gift bag with guitar picks, stickers, and more

 

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

  • Altered Tunings
  • Developing Musical Ideas
  • Solo Guitar Techniques
  • Polyphony On One Guitar
  • Arranging Covers

An Invitation from Andy McKee

I’d like all of my guitar playing friends and family to join me for Andy McKee’s Musicarium 2020, taking place July 16-20, 2020 at the EarthRise Institute in Petaluma, CA. Players of all ages, skill levels, and interests are invited to join me and some of my favorite guitar instructors for an immersive four days of workshops, mentor sessions, intimate performances, and other fun activities.

I believe last year’s Musicarium was our biggest and best so far. We had the perfect mix of instructors, teaching different techniques and approaches to playing acoustic guitar. The response from the campers was so great; we thought we’d just keep it going. Many of the same instructors are coming back with some incredible special guests joining us as well. Calum Graham, Mike Dawes, and Trevor Gordon Hall will all be with us again as well as my old friend Antoine Dufour. These instructors are all part of a newer generation of fingerstyle guitar players. We all use the more modern acoustic guitar techniques that have become the cutting edge over the last 20 years or so, but we all use them in different ways – to come up with different musical ideas and approach writing in a different ways. We’re also going to have a couple of very special guest instructors, including world-renowned fretless bass player Michael Manring and the great Muriel Anderson, who I think of as the matriarch of fingerstyle and harp guitar.

Each year we try to learn a little more about what people want to get out of the camp. Some people are really into the instructional part of it; other people don’t want it to be that intense. We try to create a good balance by doing some things are simply fun, activities we can all do together in the evening. It’s not just strictly learning all day and then grinding and practicing in the evenings. We want Musicarium to be as fun as it is educational.That’s one reason I’m very happy to be doing Musicarium at the EarthRise Institute in for the third straight time. It’s such a special place; it’s simply inspiring just to be there in the hills of Petaluma. And the food is great – organic, fresh, and delicious! The ultimate goal for us is to help you find your own voice with the guitar and with friends.

Every night, we’ll have concerts after dinner where the instructors will get a chance to play for the student body. There’s open student performances, so campers who feel like getting up and playing for everybody are welcome to do so. We’ll even have a student/teacher concert where you can share the stage with one of the teachers. The concerts are one of my personal favorite parts about Musicarium. Someone will get up and play something amazing and my jaw will be on the floor, thinking, ‘Wow! I’ve never heard anybody play quite like that!’ So we all get to get inspired at the camp, teachers included.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when we started Musicarium. I was hoping for the best – I thought, maybe we’ll get a few people to show up! But it just keeps getting bigger each year. I’m so grateful for it and look forward to it every year. I love getting to meet new students and also see some guitar player friends of mine that otherwise I wouldn’t get to see except maybe once a year. But now we all get together at Andy McKee’s Musicarium, learn a lot, make music together, and have a great time. It’s simply amazing seeing people from all over the world to come together to learn, play and hang.I hope this year you’ll join us.

Yer Pal,
Andy McKee

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Featured Artists

Andy McKee

Antoine Dufour

Mike Dawes

Trevor Gordon Hall

Calum Graham

Special Guests

Muriel Anderson

Michael Manring

Schedule & Itinerary

There will be a raffle to determine the picking order for Andy McKee, Calum Graham, Trevor Gordon Hall, and Antonie Dufour one on one Mentor Sessions. These sessions will be 15-20 minutes long and you are limited to one session/pick per student. These sessions are optional.

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

  • Altered Tunings
  • Developing Musical Ideas
  • Solo Guitar Techniques
  • Polyphony On One Guitar
  • Arranging Covers

Thursday July 16

  • 3:00 PM

    Check-In

  • 4:30-5:30 PM

    Andy McKee Orientation

  • 5:30-6:00 PM

    Mentor Session Raffle

  • 6:00-7:00 PM

    Break

  • 7:00-8:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:15-10:15 PM

    Instructor Show

    • 8:15-8:45pm – Mike Dawes
    • 8:45-9:15pm – Antonie Dufour
    • 9:15-10:00pm – Andy McKee
  • 10:15 PM – ?

    Open Mic

Friday July 17

  • 10:00-10:50 AM

    Andy McKee Workshop

  • 11:05-11:55 AM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Antonie Dufour
    • Group 2 – Mike Dawes
    • Group 3 – Trevor Gordon Hall
  • 12:10-1:00 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Mike Dawes
    • Group 2 – Trevor Gordon Hall
    • Group 3 – Antonie Dufour
  • 1:00-2:30 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00-2:30 PM

    Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 2:45-3:35 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Trevor Gordon Hall
    • Group 2 – Antonie Dufour
    • Group 3 – Mike Dawes
  • 3:50-4:40 PM

    Workshop Optional Breakout Classes

    • Calum Graham – Songwriting
    • Andy McKee- Acoustic Guitar into Harp Guitar
    • Antonie Dufour
  • 4:55-5:45 PM

    Workshop Optional Breakout Classes

    • Calum Graham – Songwriting
    • Andy McKee- Acoustic Guitar into Harp Guitar
    • Antonie Dufour
  • 5:45-6:45 PM

    Break

  • 5:45-6:30 PM

    Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 6:45-7:45 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00-10:00 PM

    Instructor Concert

    • 8:00-8:30pm – Trevor Gordon Hall
    • 9:30-10:00pm – Muriel Anderson
    • 9:00-10:00pm – Andy McKee
  • 10:15 PM – ?

    Open Mic

Saturday July 18

  • 10:00-10:50 AM

    Andy McKee Workshop

  • 11:05-11:55 AM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Calum Graham
    • Group 2 – Muriel Anderson
    • Group 3 – Trevor Gordon Hall
  • 12:10-1:00 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Muriel Anderson
    • Group 2 – Trevor Gordon Hall
    • Group 3 – Calum Graham
  • 1:00-2:30 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00-2:30 PM

    Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 2:45-3:35 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Trevor Gordon Hall
    • Group 2 – Calum Graham
    • Group 3 – Muriel Anderson
  • 3:50-4:40 PM

    Workshop Optional Breakout Classes

    • Mike Dawes – Songwriting (Every Song Has It’s Thing)
    • Muriel Anderson- Acoustic Guitar into Harp Guitar
    • Michael Manring – Bass
  • 4:55-5:45 PM

    Workshop Optional Breakout Classes

    • Mike Dawes – Songwriting (Every Song Has It’s Thing)
    • Muriel Anderson- Acoustic Guitar into Harp Guitar
    • Michael Manring – Bass
  • 5:45-6:45 PM

    Break

  • 5:45-6:30 PM

    Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 6:45-7:45 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00-10:00 PM

    Instructor Concert

    • 8:00-8:30pm – Calum Graham
    • 8:30-9:15pm – Michael Manring (featuring Andy McKee)
    • 9:15-10:00pm – Andy McKee
  • 10:15 PM – ?

    Open Mic

Sunday July 19

  • 10:00-10:50 AM

    Andy McKee Workshop

  • 11:00-11:50 AM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Mike Dawes
    • Group 2 – Antonie Dufour
    • Group 3 – Calum Graham
  • 12:00-12:50 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Calum Graham
    • Group 2 – Mike Dawes
    • Group 3 – Antonie Dufour
  • 1:00-2:30 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:30-2:30 PM

    Mentor Sessions (Optional)

  • 2:45-3:35 PM

    Group Classes Rotate

    • Group 1 – Antonie Dufour
    • Group 2 – Calum Graham
    • Group 3 – Mike Dawes
  • 3:50-4:20 PM

    Michael Greenfield Guitar Builders Workshop

  • 4:20-4:50 PM

    Final Andy McKee Workshop

  • 4:50-5:00 PM

    Group Photo (attendance is mandatory)

  • 5:00-6:00 PM

    Break

  • 6:00-7:15 PM

    Dinner

  • 7:15-8:00 PM

    Instructor Autograph Session

  • 8:00 PM – ?

    Student Instructor Concert

Monday July 20

  • 11:00 AM

    Check Out

The Camp Schedule is subject to change. You will be provided with an updated schedule upon check-in. Also, we will post the daily schedule in case there are last minute changes.

Earthrise Institute, Petaluma, CA

 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
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Instrument Travel

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Pricing and Registration

Use promo code ANDY to receive 10% off your registration, a FREE ToneWoodAmp*, and these other great items when you sign up by November 28th:

  • First 20 registrations get a guaranteed one-on-one mentor session with Andy McKee
  • Official Andy McKee “Musicarium” Laminate
  • Exclusive “Musicarium 2020” Event Poster (signed by all artists)
  • TrueFire.com Discount Card for on-line guitar instructional courses
  • Andy McKee Gift bag with guitar picks, stickers, and more!!
  • Exclusive Andy McKee” Musicarium” T-Shirt
Musicarium T-Shirt

*Applies only to those staying at Earthrise Institute. Not valid for commuters

Room Types and Pricing

  • Commuter Package with Meals
    1,299

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

  • Shared Room
    1,650

    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
    2,099

    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
    2,799

    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 9.9% surcharge, which includes all state and local taxes, plus service fees.
  • 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 March 1, 2020.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Upgrade Packages

Add an Ibanez AW540PN guitar to your registration package and it will be waiting for you upon your arrival at Andy McKee’s Musicarium!

+8.9% sales tax applied when purchased

Ibanez AW540PN

MSRP $250 our price $179

The Ibanez AW54OPN Artwood series Acoustic/Electric dreadnought guitar features a solid mahogany top, mahogany back, and sides, and a rosewood fingerboard. The AW54 is shown in an Open Pore Natural finish that showcases the premium mahogany woodgrain. The AW540PN is a great guitar, the mahogany body boasts great projection and a full body tone. Set-up and ready to go.

Ibanez AW540PN