June 25 - July 1

The Young Guitarists Workshop is a fun, engaging week of activities tailored to young artists ages 6 – 15.


Join the Young Guitarists Workshop and get a chance to work with some of Boston’s finest guitar instructors in inviting and stimulating group sessions!

Through group instruction, workshops, and guitar exercises, young guitarists get a taste of how much fun music making can be.

YGW is divided into two Divisions: Level I for ages 6-10, and Level II for ages 11-15. Over the course of the week, students will be exposed to level-appropriate group classes, masterclasses with distinguished faculty, music appreciation, fun workshops, and of course snack, lunch and a fun time. Snacks and lunch are included.

Note: Starting June 2018, NEC's new Residence Hall will be available for all summer program participants ages 14 years and older to stay in!

For more detailed information and downloadable scores, visit the YGW blog here.


YGW is proud to continue the youth performance competitions. Prizes include trophies, certificates and special featured performances at Boston GuitarFest. Competition age divisions reflect the YGW age groups:

Level I for ages 6-10, and Level II for ages 11-15.

The competition fee is included in YGW fees, but students must be available during the day for YGW activities. If you are a YGW participant, the competition is INCLUDED in tuition, but you still need to register by e-mail. Contact Hank Mou at to register for the competition in addition to YGW*.

Young Guitarists wishing to participate in the Competition but not the workshop can register for the competition only in the link below.

* Participants who take part in the competition are not allowed to have lessons with competition judges while they are in the running.

2018 Youth Competition Winners

Division 1:
Noah Richer
Chayce Marshall
Sonya Wert
Joseph Jewett

Division 2:
Yitong Shi
Abhi Gudipati
Samuel Merkin
Nicolas Harati
Oliver Barca


All levels are welcome to apply! Admission is on a first-come, first served basis. Early registration is recommended. Registration includes all festival events, concerts, private lessons, and masterclasses during the days valid for the type of registration purchased. Click the buttons below to register.

$475 regular tuition fee

Early-Bird Discount of $385, if registered before April 12, 2018

optional youth competition included

includes pass for student and parents to all concerts

* Need-based scholarships are available. If interested, please email for more information.

** 14 and 15 year old high school students interested in registering for The Academy can be considered by sending a music resume to Hank Mou at

$75 fee

YGW students can register for free by emailing

Scholarships: Limited need-based financial aid may be available for participants facing financial limitations that would otherwise prevent them from enrolling. For more information, e-mail

Summer Program participants 14 years of age and older can now be housed in New England Conservatory's brand new Residence Hall. For information regarding housing and registration, please click the housing button below.

Registration & Housing Refund Policy:

  • Full refund (less $150 non-refundable deposit) if withdrawn more than 90 days before program begins
  • 75% refund (less $150 non-refundable deposit) if withdrawn 90-61 days before program begins
  • 50% refund (less $150 non-refundable deposit) if withdrawn 60-46 days before program begins
  • 25% refund (less $150 non-refundable deposit) if withdrawn 45-31 days before program begins
  • No refund if withdrawn 30 days of fewer before program begins