Even after 49 years,

There is no better place to learn music than the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop

January 5, 2023
PSGW 2023 Summer Camp Dates Announced
Session 0: July 22-28; Session 1: July 29-Aug 4; Session 2: August 5-11; Session 3: August 12-18
November 19, 2022
Registration now open for Winter & Spring Retreats
Join us for the fun!
2023 Camps Page (scroll down for retreats)

PSGW 2023 Retreats!

We encourage all to attend our retreats! In case you haven't already attended a summer camp session, retreats are a great opportunity to experience the conviviality of the PSGW community. Families with children are welcome and special care is taken to provide creative activities for them to engage with. Retreats provide an open schedule without formalized events. While dances and open-mics are common traditions, most of the time is spent jamming with friends. However, resting, writing, reading, walking, drinking copious amounts of tea, playing dominos, etc. are also welcome! The days incite reverie, levity, rest, recovery, and perhaps a little ruckus.

Winter Retreat - register here
Friday,  February 17 - Monday, February 20, 2023. $440

Spring Retreat - register here
Thursday,  May 4 - Sunday, May 7, 2023. $350
Shorter stay option: Friday,  May 4 - Sunday, May 7, 2023. $300

Please take note that scholarships are available for all retreats. We encourage you to inquire about tuition support. Bottom line, we want you at camp!

Love, Janet and Elian

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musical styles

PSGW is a camp for all acoustic instruments and genres.

One of the unique aspects of PSGW is the wide variety of musical instruments and styles taught and played during each week. We offer an extensive range of guitar classes, of course, but there are also classes in many other instruments: voice, fiddle, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and others. Some classes are not instrument-specific, such as songwriting or music theory. People also bring all kinds of instruments to play outside of classes—accordions, cellos, saxophones, even harps and the occasional tuba.

Meet our World Class Instructors

Aside from its students, PSGW's single strongest asset is its teachers.

Our teachers are chosen for their ability to communicate their knowledge, enthusiasm, and skill, both in the formal class atmosphere and in the equally-important informal playing situations that abound at camp. Although the teachers provide support when needed, they also provide space for students to experiment and make mistakes on their own, leading to satisfying growth. Because students and teachers share meals and down-time at camp, students leave at the end of the week with new friendships as well as material to practice.


The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop was created in 1974 by a few people with a vision to create a summer music gathering.

Since that time, PSGW has grown to include three independent, week-long summer music camp sessions for adults. Designed for beginners to professional musicians, the camps offer a wide array of musical styles and instrument instruction. In addition to the summer camp sessions, PSGW sponsors several other events and camps, including three retreats held throughout the year, The Northwest Writers’ Weekend, and The Workshop Workshop.