BERKELEY HEIGHTS - Wharton Music Center (WMC) announces a Guitar Workshop for ages 12 to adults August 7-9 at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. This weekend of guitar playing and learning for the novice or pro player features a master class by jazz great Dave Stryker. Topics covered include improvisation, application of music theory, chord melody, song arrangement, stylistic applications and more. Minimum of one year playing experience required for participants. The fee for the Guitar Workshop is $300 by May 9 and $325 after May 9. There is a $25 drop-in audit fee. For more information, visit or call 908-790-0700.

Dave Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and later moved to New York City where he established himself in the local music scene, joining organist Jack McDuff’s group where he met tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine who asked Stryker to join his quintet. From 1986-1995, Stryker played with the legendary saxophonist at major festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the world. He is featured on two of Turrentine albums. Stryker went on to play with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard and has recorded and published over 130 of his own compositions. Artists who have recorded Stryker’s music include Stanley Turrentine, Kevin Mahogany, Victor Lewis, and Steve Slagle. Dave continues to perform with The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, his Blue to the Bone Band, and The Stryker / Slagle Band. Recent performances include a week at Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Blue Note Las Vegas, The Jazz Bakery in L.A., and a tour of Japan. Stryker is an adjunct professor of Jazz Guitar at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. He is an instructor at the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, the Litchfield Jazz Camp, and the Jazz House Kids Workshop in Montclair. His book Dave Stryker’s Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method is available on his website at

The Guitar Workshop is coordinated by WMC faculty Craig Graham. Graham attended the Berklee College of Music and has studied and attended workshops with Dave Creamer, Pat Matheny, and Michael Brecker, among others. He performs a diverse range of styles including jazz, classical, bluegrass, Latin, blues, jam band, rock, and pop music. He has toured Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, and throughout the United States. He has performed and recorded with Jeff Andrews, Dave Creamer, Vince DelGato, Joe Deninzon, Mark Egan, Ian Froman, Hans Glawischnig, Craig Handy, Molly Holm, Carol Lawrence, Donny McCaslin, Danny Paradise, Bill Rogers, Bobby Ridle, Ben Vereen, Michael Wilcox, Creatrix, Hexbelt, and Rural Free Delivery. Graham is an instructor at the American Institute of Guitar in New York City and has served on the WMC faculty since 2008.

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Wharton Music Center, where creativity and expression converge with exploration, provides a diverse range of classes and programs as New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center. Serving nearly 1,200 students with high quality instruction in all instruments and voice, musical theatre, drama, and dance, Wharton and its esteemed faculty of talented professionals offer instruction for beginners of all ages, as well as an in-depth, sequential course of study through its Achievement Program, and orchestral and ensemble training with the New Jersey Youth Symphony, its orchestral and ensemble affiliate. New Jersey Youth Symphony features fourteen ensembles, available by audition for students in grades 3 – 12, and its premiere ensemble has appeared in such internationally renowned concert halls as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.

Innovative programming and over 500 classes taught weekly, from Early Childhood Music, music theory, and audio recording to Introduction to Instruments, ensures that there is something for all ages and interests.

Part of our mission as a community school for the performing arts is to engage, educate, and enrich our community with a broad spectrum of accessible programming. Dedicated to serving the community, WMC provides instruction at local public, private and charter schools in after-school settings and during the school day. From an assembly program to a full-year residency, our outstanding faculty collaborates with school principals and staff to offer customized curriculum to meet the needs for music, drama, and musical theatre instruction for each school or organization. One of the highlights of our community programs is the Paterson Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program that provides intensive music instruction to elementary school students attending the Community Charter School of Paterson. In January 2015, Paterson Music Project partnered with Paterson Public Schools to open a site at Public School 1. This new site serves 75 first through fifth graders from P.S. 1 and P.S. 26. Students in the after-school Instrumental String Program learn violin, viola, and cello for six hours weekly. Younger students participate in Pre-Orchestra, a preparatory program which meets for two hours weekly. Pre-Orchestra students sing, participate in paper orchestra, and play the recorder and buckets.

Wharton Music Center builds personal connections in the community through an array of faculty and student performances, many of which are free and allow community members to become more involved with WMC. These often interactive Community Concerts include classical, jazz and family programs and are held at a variety of venues throughout the region. New Jersey Youth Symphony ensembles, both large and small, perform throughout the community.

Located in Berkeley Heights and New Providence, New Jersey, Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony serve students from thirteen counties.

For additional information about our community programs and class offerings visit our website or call 908-790-0700.