The PAVAN guitar program offers a challenging opportunity to its participants to build upon the instruction they receive from private and classroom instruction. The instructors afford the students a wealth of experience and perspectives in both group and individual settings. Their versatility enables returning students to be as challenged and motivated as they were in their first year—small wonder that over the years some students have made PAVAN part of their summer for as long as the age requirements allow.
The guitar program includes instruction in both ensemble and solo repertoire, Music Theory and improvisation principles. Students receive individual private lessons as well as small-group master-class lessons designed to focus on skill sets of students with varying abilities. This individual attention is often what keeps students returning to PAVAN year after year, allowing a student to continue building upon his or her skill set. Ensemble repertoire is selected to challenge not just their guitar technique but to develop a broader sense of musicianship and artistic principles found in a collective performance experience.
The instructors provide further opportunities to hone specific skills, develop artistically, and foster a true appreciation for the arts in general with daily ‘mini-seminars’ that focus on topics such as sound, fingering principles to connect a line, nail care, tone production and career path options in music for performers and non-performers alike. The students also get to experience guest artists with such specialties ranging from historic instruments to Flamenco.
The students will also have the opportunity to perform both in an ensemble setting during the final program and in a more intimate “salon” setting for solo and small groups, demonstrating the full range of their accomplishments to what is usually a full-house audience in both venues.