Camping with Animals took place at Full Moon Resort in January 2013 with Animals As Leaders (Tosin Abasi, Matt Garstka, Javier Reyes) and special guest, Evan Brewer.

The curriculum concepts for this camp included a guitar tour, soloing/lead guitar techniques and writing, an Axe Fx class, performing and setting up a show on a visual and production level, watching an actual rehearsal of Animals As Leaders, plus classes with special guest and bass extraordinaire, Evan Brewer. 

I am a believer in giving praise where it is due and you guys did one heck of a job. I give you five stars on every detail about the camp. The musicians; the scheduling; the location; food; staff; attention to our needs; value.... everything! I told Amy, you made dreams come true for these musicians. Animals is Teddy’s favorite group. Evan Brewer is Teddy’s favorite bass player. You think you made a dream come true? You put together something he’ll never forget and nor will I. You are very creative business people in the music world and you have a very unique and special product that impacts peoples lives so positively. Evan, Tosin, Javier and Matt worked hard. These guys were a blast to be with; they were super professional and very effective teachers. Perfect match for a camp. We’ll be back next year and I’ll attend as a musician / camper. You can count on us being there every year.”

— Ted Soulopulos, CWA 2013

40 years ago, Ornette Coleman, Ingrid Sertso and Karl Berger founded the legendary Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York. To celebrate this historic anniversary, CMS introduced a Spring and Fall 40th Anniversary Intensive Workshop and Retreat in 2013.

Guiding Artists who attended the May and October Workshops include keyboardist John Medeski, saxophonist Oliver Lake, trumpeters Dave Douglas and Steven Bernstein, bansuri flutist Steve Gorn, drummer Harvey Sorgen, pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Helias,  reedist Don Byron, pianist/vibist Karl Berger and vocalist/poet Ingrid Sertso, Composer/Pianist Vijay Iyer, Master Percussionist Cyro Baptista, Peter Apfelbaum, Tony Malaby, Jason Hwang, Kirk Knuffke, Tom Rainey, Kenny Wessel, and Thomas Buckner.

 CMS 40th Anniversary Retreats are four days of intensive workshops, master classes and presentations that inspire deep listening, personal expression, improvisation and musical exploration. Guiding Artists built on CMS’s legacy by helping participants focus on the common elements of all music, emphasizing keen awareness and cross-cultural communication.

Days at the CMS 40th Anniversary Retreats began with body-work such as Tai Chi or yoga, a gourmet breakfast and a morning master class with Guiding Artists. Lunch is at noon, followed by some free time. Afternoons featured two workshops/master classes with Guiding Artists. After some late afternoon free time and dinner, evenings included workshops, and open jam sessions. Late night consisted of concerts, bonfires, and stargazing at Full Moon’s gorgeous location in the heart of the Catskill Mountains.

Click here for a detailed recap and photos of Creative Music Foundation's Fall Retreat 2013

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Dweezil Zappa


In addition to the gourmet meals, special guests and knowledge-quenching master classes, Dweezil made a special 4th of July celebration including fireworks! Participants brought their family, friends and band mates to this spectacular event!


“I have been inspired to create an opportunity to give back to the musical community and the fans that have supported my musical heritage. Because of my own auto didactic journey and musical growth, what was once impossible has become possible for me.

I decided to create a diverse music boot camp for people of all skill levels hoping to increase their musical prowess. It would make me very happy if I could help a fellow musician take their skills to the next level.”

— Dweezil Zappa


Gaelic Storm’s live shows have always had the familiar communal and interactive feel of a neighborhood pub. The Rag and Bone Workshop took that experience to the most personal level as each individual band member taught group classes in their respective expertise – acoustic guitar, fiddle/violin, pipes and whistle, and percussion/drum classes (including bodhran and spoons), as well as songwriting classes. Attendees wrote with the band and performed on the final evening with Gaelic Storm as the “house band”!

Jam Cruise and Music Masters Camps presentMasters Camp at Sea. This extraordinary program featured workshops, master classes and jam sessions.  By day you will be immersed in an experience designed to enrich and enlighten; by night you’ll have full access to all that Jam Cruise has to offer.

As a participant you’ll be immersed in a musical experience that dissolves all barriers and offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to take a step “beyond backstage”! Click Here To Learn More!

For three years Jorma Kaukonen blessed Full Moon with his brilliant Summer Workshop Series.

In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been the leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar, one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. He is a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, a Grammy nominee, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the most in-demand instructor in the galaxy of stars who teach at the Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp that he and his wife operate in Southeastern Ohio.

Camp MMW, concluded its fourth year at Full Moon Resort in August of 2012.

Camp MMW proved to expand participants’ approach to music,  listening skills, and offered the opportunity to interact with other musicians in a completely fresh, innovative way. 

At Camp MMW, has been referred to as musical cross training. Guitarist studied melody with keyboardist, John Medeski, horn players worked on mastering rhythms with drummer, Billy Martin, pianists developed grooves with bassist, Chris Wood.

Special guests, group collaborations, and, exclusive performances by MMW made Camp MMW a unique Beyond Back Stage experience.


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“I’ve been wanting to do something like this for years because teaching is very personal to me.” Ford says. “There is so much information out there – different players, pedals, amps, and guitars – that a lot of people have trouble finding themselves. It’s my aim to help people connect to their own inner creativity as guitarists so that each participant can unlock their potential.”

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“I took my first guitar lessons when I was six years old. My teacher taught me “by the book” and I ended up quitting from boredom and frustration. It was years before I finally started again. I wish I could go back in time and teach myself the basics of how to play the guitar. It would have put me years ahead at such an important time of my life. If guitar is taught the right way, it can be surprisingly easy. No boring exercises. Just music! I am excited to give you the start, that I wish I had been given.”

— Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert welcomed players of all ages, levels, and styles to the Great Guitar Escape in July 2012 and 2013. From rock to blues to metal to jazz-fusion and more, Paul's handpicked team of guitarists gave participants insight into the techniques, styles, and life of the modern, working musician.

Discussing his vision for Camp Copperhead, Earle says, “It’ll be an intensive, all-day-long songwriting workshop, which I’m going to teach every minute of. I love to teach. I have fun doing it.”

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Renowned guitarists Alex Skolnick of Testament and Chris Broderick of Megadeth joined forces in December of 2011 to create the first Skolnick & Broderick's Winter Guitar Retreat.

 While best known for their work with Testament and Megadeth, Skolnick and Broderick are diverse, well-rounded musicians with backgrounds and training in rock, jazz, classical and blues. 

Todd Rundgren's Musical Revival Camp was hosted two years in a row at Full Moon Resort.

 In 2011 and 2012, through a custom curriculum designed to inform and energize, he shared the wisdom and foresight which has led him to be one of the industry's most reputable survivors.

Revival Camp guests included Mark Volman whose lineage includes The Turtles, Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention and Flo & Eddie as well as R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Greg Hawkes (The Cars), and Prairie Prince (The Tubes and Journey). This event featured evening jam sessions with Rundgren, bassist Kasim Sulton (Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Meatloaf), guitarist Jesse Gress (Todd Rundgren, Tony Levin Band, Guitar Player Consulting Editor) and drummer Gregg Bendian (Interzone, The Mahavishnu Project, The Musical Box), along with the guest celebrity of the day.

“For me, I’ve always been acutely aware of the fact that I wouldn’t still be in the music business were it not for the devotion of my fans, particularly [the] core group that has stuck through all of the changes that I have gone through... so I freely acknowledge my debt to them . . . I feel like it’s my obligation to sign their big fat stack of albums if they happen to have that, to make sure that I make time for them after the shows for pictures and such, and [now] to have an event where we can all kind of get together and reaffirm our commitment.”

— Todd Rundgren

Rolling Stone interviews Todd Rundgren about his Revival Camp

“Over the past years I’ve enjoyed conducting guitar workshops around the world. Up until fairly recently they have been 2 or 3 hour one day events going over a huge amount of ground. Students have always wanted more but there has been little time or opportunity. I then moved to multiple day workshops for small groups and found that the continuity allowed much more satisfaction and ‘hands on’ learning that resulted in some great improvements in both my instruction and the students’ playing.
Recently in Australia, I finally moved to a fully dedicated large-scale teaching institution over several days with support instructors and found that this format is the best use of my time, and the student’s time. It allowed for some one-on-one, student jams, and just getting to know one another.
When I was presented with the opportunity to do a camp in the USA with similar format to Australia, the timing was perfect and I can finally bring together a large group to work on generally playing guitar, or playing my music specifically. We’ll be able to break out groups into several skill levels and style interests. And of course I’ll be able to play a lot of music for you as well! I’m inviting some top players to assist me including Dr. John Knowles, cgp.
I invite you and your guitar to attend the camp. It’s open to players of all ages and skill levels. Bring your family (although they may not see much of you), since the facility allows for family housing and the area provides lots of activities.”

— Tommy Emmanuel

“Over the course of the four days, I will give workshops that explore the development and technical aspects around my playing. The workshops will also cover writing, recording, performing and business & lifestyle in which I will perform selected pieces, discuss influences, experiences, and playing techniques. I will also answer questions and attend a meet & greet where I will sign items (excluding guitars) for the attendees. To complement the event, I will be supported by two other fine guitarists. Ray Matusa and Flavio Sala will provide in depth advice and analysis- each with their own style to explore and learn from. Join me, Flavio, Ray and other special guests throughout the day and join us by night at the evening jam sessions.”

— Steve Howe, 2013

The first of its kind, this music immersion week focused on female musicians! Players of all instruments and levels were invited in August 2012 to come together to learn, practice, perform, and connect. 

The week's events included instructional workshops, master classes, round table panels, group meals, jam sessions, and so much more. All instruments were covered at the Women’s Music Summit including guitar, bass, voice, keyboards, drums, plus songwriting, business and promotional workshops, health and yoga for musicians, and more.

2012 Counselors

Malina Moye, Marnie Stern, Meshell Ndegeocello, Melissa Auf der Maur

Umphrey's McGee's sUMmer school, a four day, five night summer music camp was in session in August of 2012 and June of 2013. sUMmer school offered over 100 musicians and music lovers an exploration into the music and inner workings of Umphrey's McGee.

Each day, sUMmer schoolers joined the six band members, Umphrey's management and crew for an interactive which brought them closer to the aspects of the music that means most to them. 

sUMmer school offered a behind the scenes look into what makes the Umphrey's McGee clock tick. Unlike your days of high school algebra, sUMmer school proved to be an open-ended adventure in rock - pushing the boundaries and breaking down walls. sUMmer schoolers not only explored music - recording, lighting, and the business behind Umphrey's McGee were all covered at sUMmer school.

Welcome to the Path of Rhythm

The rhythm tradition of India is ancient, profound, and alive in the hands of Zakir Hussain, the consensus master tabla player of our time.  His father, Allarakha, partnered with Ravi Shankar in the 1960s to introduce America to classical Indian music, and Hussain has become the bridge that has connected the Indian tradition with Western music.


“I want to share with the participants the fundamental connection of the rhythmic tradition of India and how it connects to the Western tradition; there is a particular DNA connection between drummers, in which we are all the same. So that Allarakha and Max Roach, Hamza El-Din, Olatunji, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams are all part of the progression, part of the path. Even the gods Ganesh and Shiva, who are thought to be responsible for the art form, will be part of our work.”

— Zakir Hussain