National Music Workshop Announces 2012 Master Artist Series

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The National Music Workshop is proud to announce the 2012 Master Artist Series. Four world-renowned Master Artists will spend a week in residence teaching students new skills, techniques, and original material. The 2012 Artists include Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Robben Ford, and John Scofield. These intimate and exclusive workshops offer students the opportunity to study, rehearse and perform under the guidance of these world-renowned musicians.

For intermediate and advanced musicians, all instruments (limited enrollment):

• Pat Metheny - August 20-24, 2012, The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich, CT

• Chick Corea - August 27-31, 2012, The Cranwell Resort, Lenox, MA

• John Scofield - August 27-21, 2012 The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich, CT

• Robben Ford - August 13-17, 2012, The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich, CT

Daily activities will include master classes, rhythm rehearsals, jam sessions, and performances. Selected workshops will include an original composition written by the artist especially for that event’s students. The students will rehearse and perform the original piece with the artist in a finale concert on the final night of the workshop. Students will also work closely with the drum and bass artists associated with each event, providing them with a well-rounded musical experience.

Pat Metheny, 2012 Grammy Award winner, will be joined by 2012 NEA Jazz Master winner Jack DeJohnette on drums and Larry Grenadier on bass. Metheny will also welcome a special guest, the legendary jazz guitar master Jim Hall, for a duo concert and master class.

Chick Corea, winner of two 2012 Grammy Awards, will be holding his performances and workshop with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Antonio Sanchez.

John Scofield will round out his trio with Bill Stewart on drums Scott Colley on bass. Scofield will also welcome jam band Medski, Martin & Wood for an evening concert and master class.

Robben Ford will have his touring band of Toss Panos on drums and Andy Hess on bass joining him for the week.

Both the Spa at Norwich Inn and the Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club feature luxurious accommodations, gourmet meals and attentive staffs — perfect locations to bring a spouse or friend. Fee levels are available for full on-site participants (including lodging and meals), off-site participants (including classes, clinics and concerts), and on-site non-participants (i.e., spouses, partners, parents).

For more information or to register, call 800-234-6479 or visit

The National Music Workshop is a division of The National Guitar Workshop. Since its founding in 1983, The National Guitar Workshop has always strived to create an educational and collaborative atmosphere for students and teachers alike. NGW has delivered the finest in music education to guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and drummers throughout the world, with an acclaimed faculty that includes some of the most sought-after professional musicians in every style of music. NGW maintains campuses and programs in New Milford and Norwich, Connecticut; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles, California; and Bigfork, Montana. In 2011 alone, NGW’s roster of guest artists included Kevin Eubanks, Pat Martino, Greg Howe, Jennifer Batten, Jim Hall, Elvin Bishop and more.