Leo Kottke Guitar Workshop

UWM Leo Kottke Workshops

In this intensive three-day workshop, intermediate guitar students will have an opportunity to work on three compositions by guitarist/composer Leo Kottke. Archival video, enhanced computer capabilities, and specifically designed pedagogical materials will enable participants to study these pieces in depth. This class also includes multimedia lecture/presentations on the background, career, compositions, and technique of Leo Kottke, featuring rare archival video of Leo Kottke discussing composition, performance, and a life devoted to music.

2018 Dates

Friday, August 10, 6–9PM
Saturday, August 11, 9AM–6PM
Sunday, August 12, 12–3PM


  • If you are a UWM student and would like to take this course for credit, register via PAWS for MUSIC 489-101 (67370)
  • You may enroll in this class as a noncredit workshop through the Peck School of the Arts Box Office (cost: $360).


Kenilworth Square East, 1925 East Kenilworth Place
Rooms 640, 508, 594, 620

A residential option is available for $80 per night or $120 for a double (each person gets their own room). Accommodations include en suite kitchen and bathroom facilities and are located in the Kenilworth Square Apartments, adjacent to the workshop site. Each room has a queen size bed. Space is limited! If you are interested in the residential option, please contact UWM Guest Housing at confa@uwm.edu or (414) 229-6588 and specify that you are reserving for the Leo Kottke Workshop.


John Stropes

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jstropes@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 587


Music & Cultures, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan
BS, Political Science, UW-Milwaukee


John Stropes is a leading authority on finger-style guitar. Through the historical research, analysis, transcription, teaching and performance of finger-style guitar, he has brought focus to this style as a significant American music. His publishing company, Stropes Editions, Ltd., has set a new standard for written music for the guitar and guitar education. Stropes was president of the Milwaukee Classical Guitar Society, 1985-1996 and artistic director of the American Finger-Style Guitar Festivals, 1985, 1987 and 1989, which were funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He performed and taught at the First Chinese Guitar Artistic Festival in the People's Republic of China in 1986 and returned to China in 1988 and 1990 to perform and teach with a performance at Beijing's Symphony Hall broadcast on Chinese television. He was advisor to the Beijing Guitar Research Association. chair of the Guitar Department, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 1984-1994, author of Michael Hedges/Rhythm, Sonority, Silence; Leo Kottke/Eight Songs; 20th Century Masters of Finger-Style Guitar and John Fahey's Guitar Christmas Book. Stropes is author of numerous transcriptions of contemporary works for finger-style guitar and related instructional materials and a frequent contributor to guitar publications.

Director, Guitar Program

Faculty Associate, Finger-Style Guitar