Camps and Conferences
String Academy: Guitar

UW-Whitewater Online String Academy: Guitar

The Online String Academy Guitar faculty believes learning music via a string instrument is stimulating, rewarding and creative. It requires the use of both hemispheres of the brain, which encourages problem solving and spatial reasoning.  More importantly, with hard work, the sense of accomplishment children experience makes them feel positive about learning in general.  Most importantly, children will experience and communicate the emotion of music.  Guitar Academy is available to 5th grade to Adult.

Date: 2020 - 2021

  • Summer: June  - August 
  • Fall: October 17th - December 25th, 2020
  • Spring: January  - May 


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Registrations accepted until 5/28/21. We do NOT accept walk up registrations.

60 Minute Lesson: $50 each

30 Minute Lesson: $30 each 

Note: Upon receipt of your child's registration, the coordinator will contact you to set up private lesson times. 

Missed Lesson

A two-day notice must be given to the teacher if a lesson must be missed.  The lesson will then be rescheduled within a week as agreed upon by both teacher and student.  If a lesson is missed without prior notice, the lesson may not be rescheduled.  We encourage lessons to be made-up immediately so as to maintain a positive learning process.  Because of this, lessons cannot be made-up at the end of the semester.   All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name and event session.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

What You Will Need to Attend

  •  computer, tablet, or smart phone
  • A reliable internet connection (hard-wired   connections work best)
  • A microphone (external mics preferred)
  • Web cam
  • Schedule emailed from Coordinator 

Meeting Invites

Meeting invites to attend this event will be sent to the email used in registration. Upon receipt of your registration, the Coordinator will contact you to set up private lesson times. 

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifiactions from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, Fitbit, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.


Jay Craggs, Guitar

Jay Craggs

As a guitarist and composer, Jay Cragg has extensive experience as headliner, sideman, and bandleader on thousands of local, regional, national, and international bookings. Jay has performed, recorded, or opened for a large number of jazz, rock, and entertainment notables including: Bobby Shew, Jeff Tyzik, Wynton Marsalis, Steve Wiest, Paul McKee, James Moody, Ritchie Cole, Bob Mintzer, Dennis DiBlasio, Chris Vadalla, Buddy Rich, Dave Wekl, Ricky Lawson, Steve Houghton, Dave Mancini, and many others. As an educator, Jay has developed curriculum and taught music technology courses for Columbia College Chicago, Madison Media Institute, and UW-Whitewater. Jay has also presented clinics, lectures, and performances at Universities music industry trade shows throughout the U.S.

Susan Chandler, Co-Director

Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler has been a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater since 2009.  She teaches String Pedagogy, String Techniques, multiple Music Education Methods courses and supervises Student Teachers.  She is a Master Level Adjudicator for the Wisconsin Music School Association and a frequent guest clinician with school orchestra throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Susan retired as Director of Orchestras from the Kettle Moraine School District, where she taught for 23 years leading her orchestras on international tours to England, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand and within the United States to multiple state and regional music conferences.   In addition to her teaching experience, Susan was a Music Director and Administrator with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for ten years.  Susan holds many awards and honors including the Wisconsin State Music Teachers of the Year from the Wisconsin American String Teacher's Association, the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Music Teacher of the Year Award and the Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Wisconsin Music Education Association.  Susan currently serves on the national string division board as a Certified Yamaha String Educator for the Yamaha Corporation.  Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with string education certification from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. Francis Seminary.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.