Paul Reed Smith, Maryland Hall Announce Music School for Aspiring Musicians Virtual Interactive Experience

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Paul Reed Smith and Maryland Hall have announced the 2nd Annual Music School for Aspiring Musicians. It will run, for obvious reasons, as a virtual event this year.

The event has an impressive lineup of teachers, headlined by Smith himself, and also featuring Tyler Larson, Tim Pierce, drummer Dennis Chambers, the Grainger Brothers, Michael Ault (guitar), Bryan Ewald (guitar), Benjie Porecki (keys), Mia Samone (vocals) and Bill Nelson (guitar).  

“This is a tremendous opportunity for musicians to learn directly from these amazing teachers,” Paul Reed Smith said in a press release. “Imagine learning how to groove from Dennis Chambers, or improving your technique with Tyler Larson and Tim Pierce. That kind of input can help skyrocket your playing.”

The program is open to musicians and enthusiasts of all ages, and will be accessible worldwide via a live virtual four-day program that will take place from August 10-13. Classes will include "how to groove," harmony and music theory, beginner and advanced guitar, melody, keyboard, vocals, drums and bass - the theme is “Understanding Rhythm, Harmony and Melody Makes You a Better Musician.”

All sessions will be taught via live video stream and will include interactive portions for students of all skillsets, ages and instruments to engage with the teachers.

The program will be livestreamed from Maryland Hall in Annapolis, Maryland daily from 11:00 AM – 4:30 p.m. EST. Tuition is $100/person for all four days of interactive master classes.

Maryland-based students are eligible for scholarships through a grant from the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians’ (AMFM) David Glaser Education Fund. For more information on scholarships, contact the Maryland Hall Education Department at

To sign up for the program, head on over to

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.