Even after 44 years,

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

August 6, 2020
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You can donate to the PSGW scholarship or general fund (please designate) by sending your check to: PSGW, P.O. Box 896, Bellingham, WA 98227
May 25, 2020
2021 Teachers and Classes
View the 2021 teacher roster and class descriptions here:
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Instructors' Online Offerings

Sadly PSGW Summer Camp has been postponed until 2021, but that doesn't mean our wonderful instructors have stopped teaching online classes, making videos, recording new music, and the like. We've compiled a directory of some of our instructors' online offerings.

Instructor's Online Offerings

Dear PSGW campers and staff…

Dear friends,

It is with heavy, yet trusting hearts that we must inform you we will not be holding camp this summer. This decision comes as a result of the emerging news surrounding Covid-19 and the ways in which it intersects with our community’s values of safety, security, care, unencumbered creativity and expression. We find that sometimes the most musical thing we can do is to listen, and at this point, the message rings clear. Your wellness during these times is our top priority, and our commitment to it is unequivocal.

Camp is wise and patient. Even in times when we aren’t feeling this way ourselves, we still find hope in knowing that camp will weather the storm and bounce back even stronger in the future. We strongly believe in the resilience of our community and its ability to keep the spirit and fervor alive for the summer of 2021.

The good news is a vast majority of the teachers who were scheduled for this summer have agreed to teach in 2021, same weeks and classes. Here are the dates!

·     Week 1: July 31st– August 6th
·     Week 2: August 7th – August 13th
·     Week 3: August 14th– August 20th

Please feel free to reach out with any questions:

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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.