Registration opens Friday, December 7th at 9:00am Eastern!

Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Vai Academy 5.0 is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

4 days and nights of non-stop guitar

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AN INVITATION FROM STEVE VAI

It’s that time again! I’m very excited to invite you all to join me at Vai Academy 5.0, taking place July 29 – August 2, 2019 at The Mansion at Glen Cove on Long Island in Glen Cove, NY not far from where I grew up in Carle Place. I was a teenager on Long Island in the 70’s and it was an amazing place to grow up. New York City wasn’t far, nor was The Hamptons. Living in California is nice, but I’m one of those guys that pines after the seasons so growing up on Long Island was pretty magical. Summertime is especially beautiful so I’m already looking forward to it.

Vai Academy 5.0 will include all of the things we usually offer – a myriad of classes with outstanding teachers, study and discussions on technique and theory, and of course, my own metaphysical meanderings that I believe are at the core of the transformation you are capable of with your instrument. But this year, the theme of the camp is “Sound Sculpting,” and we will be diving deep into the quality of the tone that comes out of your amp, focusing heavily on signal path and the use of FX. Signal path is integral to the quality of your tone. The way the signal comes out of your guitar, and goes into various stomp boxes, and then into your amp, alters tremendously based on the FX you use and the order in which they are plugged in. There will be discussions on the most effective signal path, when to use a digital or analog FX, how the FX loop actually works, how various FX work and the terminologies of FX perimeters when programming. It’s a vast field that many guitarists don’t quite understand, even though it’s integral to their sound.

At my last camp, I personally taught more classes than ever before. I really enjoy speaking to the campers so that will continue at Vai Academy 5.0. We will also have a number of other extremely competent artists around to offer their wisdom and tips. The other teachers I’ve invited are all accomplished in their field, although that does not necessarily mean they need to be famous to be effective teachers. Of the utmost importance is that they are able to teach in a way that encourages and inspires the students to expand their own tools for the discovery and manifestation of their own uniquely creative visions. Having said that, we certainly do have some “famous” artists joining us.

One thing that I think makes Vai Academy so special is that I jam with each and every attendee. This might be my favorite aspect of the camp. Connecting with another person on a musical level is an intimate space I love embracing. We musicians are always learning something on some level, and I believe I learn something every time I jam with a student, no matter what level they are at. I can make music with someone even if they show up with a dime and a rubber band.

This is our fifth Vai Academy, and I’m so appreciative of how it has grown and evolved over the past five years. At the end of every camp we send out a questionnaire to those that attended, with very specific questions regarding what they liked, didn’t like, what they would like to see more of, etc. We really listen to what they tell us so hopefully this next camp will be our best yet. There’s a diverse group of people that attend, all at different levels of proficiency, with different understandings of music and the music business. We try to keep things at a level that is helpful for all, and the way we go about doing that is continuing to evolve at every camp.

I know I’m personally looking forward to Vai Academy 5.0. Hope to see you all there!

Steve Vai

Guest Artists

Joe Satriani

Andy Timmons

Devin Townsend

Larry Mitchell

Plini

Matt Picone

Dave Weiner

Jeremy Colson

Phillip Bynoe

Doug Doppler

Stig Mathisen

Stephanie Bradley

Chris Cisneros

Federico Miranda

Guy Brogna

Erik Boyd

Mike Boyko

  1. An Invitation from Steve Vai
  2. Vai Academy 5.0 Instructors
  3. Joe Satriani for Vai Academy 5.0
  4. Devin Townsend at Vai Academy 2019
  5. Andy Timmons invites you to Vai Academy 5.0
  6. Plini invites you to Vai Academy 5.0!
  7. Vai Academy 4.0 – Day 1
  8. Vai Academy 4.0 – Day 2
  9. Vai Academy 4.0 – Day 3
  10. Vai Academy 4.0 – Day 4

Schedule and Itinerary

*All Classes, Concerts, and Activities are Subject to Change

Monday July 29

  • 2:00-3:45pm

    Vai Academy 5.0 Check-in

  • 4:00-5:30pm

    Welcoming Remarks and Orientation

  • 5:30-6:30pm

    Gear Demo – BOSS featuring Aaron Marino and Jeff Slingluff

  • 6:30-8:00pm

    Dinner

  • 8:00pm

    Steve Vai and Band Concert followed by Jamming with Steve

  • 9:00pm-??

    Camper Jamming with Andy Timmons, Plini, Larry Mitchel, Andy Timmons Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, Stephanie Bradley, Chris Cisneros, and Federico Miranda plus two professional rhythm sections!

Tuesday July 30

  • 9:00-9:45am

    Breakout Classes

    • Devin Townsend
    • Andy Timmons
    • Plini and Matt Picone (Fractal Designs)
    • Larry Mitchell
  • 10:00am-11:00am

    Steve Vai Masterclass

  • 11:00-11:45am

    Steve Vai Masterclass with Devin Townsend

  • 12:00-12:45pm

    Breakout Classes

    • Dave Weiner
    • Doug Doppler
    • Stig Mathisen
    • Matt Picone (Fractal Designs)
  • 1:00-2:00pm

    Lunch

  • 2:00-3:00pm

    Steve Vai Masterclass

  • 3:00-4:00pm

    Steve Vai Masterclass with Matt Picone (Fractal Designs)

  • 4:15-5:30pm

    Play with Steve’s Band or Breakout Classes

    • Larry Mitchell
    • Doug Doppler
    • Stig Mathisen
  • 5:30-6:30pm

    Gear Demo – Pulse

  • 6:30-8:00pm

    Dinner

  • 8:00pm-??

    Steve Vai Concert with Andy Timmons and Plini followed by Jamming with Steve

  • 9:00pm-??

    Camper Jamming with Andy, Plini, Larry, Doug, Stig, Stephanie, Chris, and Federico plus two professional rhythm sections!

Wednesday July 31

  • 9:00-9:45am

    Breakout Classes

    • Devin Townsend & Matt Picone (Fractal Designs)
    • Andy Timmons
    • Plini
    • Larry Mitchell
  • 10:00-11:00am

    Steve Vai Masterclass

  • 11:00am-12:00pm

    Steve Vai Masterclass with Andy Timmons

  • 12:00-12:45pm

    Steve Vai and Joe Satriani Master Class

  • 1:00-2:00pm

    Lunch

  • 2:00-4:30pm

    Group & Individual Photos and Signing session

  • 4:30-5:30pm

    Play with Steve’s Band or Breakout Classes

    • Larry Mitchell
    • Doug Doppler
    • Stig Mathisen
  • 5:30-6:30pm

    Breakout Classes

    • Plini
    • Andy Timmons
    • Larry Mitchell
    • Doug Doppler
    • Stig Mathisen
  • 6:30-8:00pm

    Dinner

  • 8:00pm-??

    Steve Vai & Joe Satriani Concert followed by Jamming with Steve

  • 9:00pm-??

    Camper Jamming with Andy, Plini, Larry, Doug, Stig, Stephanie, Chris, and Federico plus two professional rhythm sections!

Thursday August 01

  • 9:00-9:45am

    Breakout Classes

    • Devin Townsend
    • Andy Timmons & Matt Picone (Fractal Designs)
    • Plini
    • Larry Mitchell
  • 10:00-11:00am

    Steve Vai Masterclass

  • 11:00am-11:45am

    Steve Vai Masterclass with Plini

  • 12:00-12:45pm

    Breakout Classes

    • Joe Satriani
    • Dave Weiner
    • Matt Picone (Fractal Designs)
  • 1:00-2:00pm

    Lunch

  • 2:00-4:00pm

    Steve Vai Masterclass

  • 4:15-5:30pm

    Play with Steve’s Band or Breakout Classes

    • Andy Timmons
    • Plini
    • Larry Mitchell
    • Doug Doppler
    • Stig Mathisen
  • 5:30-6:30pm

    Gear Demo – D’Addario

  • 6:30-8:00pm

    Dinner

  • 8:00pm-??

    Steve Vai Concert with Larry Mitchell and Devin Townsend followed by Jamming with Steve

  • 9:00pm-??

    Camper Jamming with Andy, Plini, Larry, Doug, Stig, Stephanie, Chris, and Federico plus two professional rhythm sections!

Friday August 02

  • 11:00am

    Check out

Glen Cove Mansion
Glen Cove Long Island, New York

Glen Cove Mansion

Setting & Accommodations

The property features beautiful guestrooms & suites situated in contemporary guest wings extending from the mansion. We’ll share our meals in the Garden Room Restaurant which has magnificent views of the property and spend time together after hours in the game filled upstairs party spot – Pub 1910. If you find yourself needing a break from the noise there are several sprawling outdoor areas overlooking the mansion’s gardens.

Glen Cove Pool

AREA ATTRACTIONS

Glen Cove has something for everyone. Amazing beaches, a scenic golf course, and lovely, tree-filled parks provide a summer vacation paradise that’s just a quick train ride from New York City. If recreational boating is your thing you can take advantage of the areas full-service marinas, a city yacht club, and a fully renovated launch ramp offering easy access to North Shore waterways.

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Travel Directions

The Mansion at Glen Cove

Address
200 Dosoris Ln
Glen Cove, NY 11542

Website
Glen Cove Mansion

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Pricing and Registration

Room Types and Pricing

  • Commuter Package
    1,299

    Stay wherever you like but be at Vai Academy for all daytime activities, workshops, concerts, signings, etc. does not include accommodations, goody bags, or jamming with Steve, but does include everything else!

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    2,198

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name your own roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration.

    *Please note, pricing is per person and all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Single with One Bed
    3,198

    Standard room with one king bed for one participant.

    *Please note, pricing is per person and all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Bring Your Loved One with One Bed
    3,698

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Glen Cove Mansion but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Glen Cove area. The room includes one king bed. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

    *Please note, all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Bring Your Loved One with Two Beds
    3,698

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Glen Cove Mansion but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Glen Cove area. The room has two queen beds. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant

    *Please note, all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Multiple jam rooms loaded with gear for you to play!
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • An Ernie Ball goodie bag
  • A Sampson guitar tuner

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on June 15, 2019.
    • Any registrations received after June 15, 2019 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

Customer Service – Please call 800-852-9277 if you have any questions

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy