Session 1- August 10-20, 2006 in Florence


Modern and elegant facilities at the Florence University of the Arts

Studio Apartment with kitchen. 3 credits available

Price: $1800. (meals not included)


Session 2 - August 26- September 6, in La Chiara di Prumiano, a Renaissance Villa outside of Siena

Price: $1000 –1200. (full r/b included)



This program is designed to engage students of various levels in a relaxed and inspiring environment.

General Classes:

Students will all participate in certain daily general classes, such as Guitar Ensemble and Master class. They can then choose to participate in one “Primary” and one “Secondary” class. During ensemble workshops students can put together small groups and work on specific pieces each day.

After dinner there will be informal jam sessions and impromptu performances.

Fingerstyle on the Road

This course is for students who want to explore the many venues of fingerstyle. Explore Brazilian rhythms and styles, country blues, open tunings, Traditional Southern Italian styles, including chitarra battente technique, plus classical and fingerstyle jazz . This class will refine your basic techniques and send you off on new directions. Other topics will include alternate tunings, and solid right hand techniques.

Mandolin repertoire- Italian and Brazilian mandolin music. Including: tarantella and chorinho.

Arranging and Composing

This seminar explores arranging and composing in a variety of musical styles including folk, Brazilian, Italian and many other styles. Learn to arrange your own original tunes and work them out with other students. Each participant should arrive with a few of their own arrangements and/or compositions, which will be shared with the class.


-Cultural trips to Florence and Siena

-Trips to nearby lake and mud baths (villa only)

-Basic Italian language workshop (Florence only)

-Culinary Workshop at world famous Apicius (Florence only)


John La Barbera,-Artistic Director

For more than two decades,guitarist-composer John La Barbera has enchanted audiences throughout the US,Europe and Latin America. He has received awards from The Jerome Foundation,Lincoln Center,the Martin Gruss Foundation, ASCAP,  and  NYSCA. He scores music for films,TV and off-Broadway shows in New York City.Among his film scoring credits are : Children of Fate, Sacco and Vanzetti, La Festa, Tarantella, What’s up Scarlet and Neapolitan Heart. His theater credits include : Souls of Naples,starring John Turturro, at the New Duke on 42nd Street, The Misadventures of Peter Pan for La Mamma theater and Teatro Patologico di Roma.,Garcia Lorca’s Yerma,and has written three folk opera’s including Stabat Mater-Donna di Paradiso, a passion opera  commissioned by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in new York City.A graduate of The Hartt School of Music,he was awarded a scholarship to study in Siena,Italy. He has been teaching workshops in Italy since 1975. An original member of the group “Pupi e Fressedde”, he recorded with them “La Terra del Rimorso” in 1979. He plays an original chitarra battente made by Vincenzo de Bonis in 1978 . His music blends the best of many cultures: Brazilain, Jazz, Classical, Mediterranean,Renaissance and Medieval. One of the most sought after studio musician in New York City, La Barbera has performed and recorded with world class musicians and singers including: American Folk Singer Judy Collins; Tsiddi Le Loka, South African vocalist and star from Broadway’s The Lion King; Susan Mc Keown, Irish Traditional Singer/Songwriter; Visual Artist Matthew Barney; Palestinian oud virtuoso and violinist, Simon Shaheen; from Italy: Maria Carta, Pupi e Fressedde and vocalist/percussionist Alessandra Belloni; Brazilian guitar duo DUOFEL and guitarist Paulo Freire; Jazz artists Mark Gross and Mulgrew Miller; master percussionist Glen Velez ; Bansuri flutist Steve Gorn; Russian vocalist Masha Itkina ;  and Countertenor Robert Crowe. John has perforformed at numerous festivals around the world including: the Montreal Jazz Festival, Raizes Universais in Sao Paulo Brazil, the Jones Beach Theater,opening for Sting, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


La Chiara di Prumiano is a Villa of extraordinary beauty set in the rolling hills of the Chianti wine region of Tuscany. Recently renovated, it retains its rustic old world charm.

La Chiara’s own gourmet chief with homegrown organic vegetables and fruits prepares our meals. Their own olive groves and vineyards provide the beauty and basic ingredients of authentic Tuscan dining.

There is a swimming pool for a refreshing dip anytime, and also many natural spas, mud baths and nearby lake.

Prices: include room, 3 meals and tuition.




La Chiara di Prumiano

+ 39 055 80757272

www. info@prumiano.it