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What is guitar cloud symposium?

Guitar Cloud Symposium is a unique on line guided guitar education community that offers a once per month interactive LIVE event over Zoom. All instructors have decades of touring, recording, and teaching experience.  Our events alternate between our Saturday 8 hour Deep Dive into a single focused topic, and our long weekend events covering 16 different modules of  deep creative concepts, innovative techniques, and targeted stylistic disciplines — all designed to nurture and empower guitarists who truly wish to advance their skills. Our instructors have included founder Jennifer Batten (Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson), Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy), Pete Thorn (Chris Cornell, Don Henley), Kat Dyson (Prince, Cyndi Lauper), Nili Brosh (Danny Elfman, Tony MaCalpine), Daniele Gottardo, Gretchen Menn, Vicki Genfan, Mundo Juillerat, Angela Petrilli, and David Wallimann. Our special guests during our student wrap party Q&A's have been Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Andy Timmons, and Scott Henderson

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Coming May 15


Guitar Cloud Symposium (GCS)™ is an online guitar workshop conceived by Jennifer Batten, one of the early graduates of Musicians Institute (MI). Jennifer performed with Michael Jackson for ten years and British Guitar icon Jeff Beck for three years, with decades of global touring experience. Through her versatility, creativity, and innovation, Jennifer continues to push the boundaries in performance and education.

GCS was inspired by a weekend Musicians Institute symposium that Batten attended (which resulted in her eventual application to enter the school).  In 2016, she toured the United States presenting her “Self Empowerment for the Modern Musician” seminar, which was jam-packed with content she wished SHE had been taught in music school and wants all musicians to know.  

Guitar Cloud Symposium is an extension of that seminar, vastly expanded by a wealth of knowledge & creative contributions from some of her favorite guitar players on the scene today.  Each edition is a smorgasbord of techniques, styles, wisdom, and fun!  Our instructors include Jennifer Batten, Nili Brosh, Vicki Genfan, Daniele Gottardo, Gretchen Menn, and Angela Petrilli, all offering insights gained from their personal experiences (onstage and in-studio) as well as musical subjects they're  passionate about. 



I just have to say Jennifer, the Getting The Good Gigs session last weekend was absolutely awesome. At the end of the day I was floating around the room. I don't know how anyone who attended that isn't on their way to becoming a professional musician right now! Thank you so much for putting that together and many, many thanks to all the instructors who were just stellar, so many great insights and ideas and stories! I especially love the stories, I could just sit around all day and listen to you all tell the stories from over such long careers of being traveling musicians and playing with the top people, it was just really all too much. Thank you so much! ” - -Dan McCutcheon

- GCS Members-Only Facebook Group. 3/21/21

My mind is stuck on full buzz mode. 3 days of mind being blown!!! 💥💥💥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 WOW!!! From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!!!” - Randy Vertrees

GCS Members-Only Facebook Group, 2/22/21

How varied teaching music can be, how much you can learn in just ONE weekend, that was new, and it was very nice to experience. 👏👏🙏 Thank you! ” - Werner Bruck

Facebook, 2/22/21

GCS has had a profound impact on my life, in just over two shorts months so much has changed. Im grateful to have gotten to know so many wonderful, inspiring, creative souls. ” - Janina Jade Ohlson

Facebook Members-Only Group, 2/10/21

This was such an incredible weekend, so much good information and new connections made!” - Perry Dillard
Thank you so much for everything!! This was an amazing experience!! Lots of inspiration in every folder. Thank you for sharing your experience and your talent with us.” - Josue Moran
What a fantastic course this has been! I learned a ton and even more than I had hoped. Thanks Jennifer, Gretchen, Nili, & Vicki. I'm really excited about the BluGuitar Amp [I won]. Can't wait to try it out and showcase it soon.” - Andrew Matthews
Before March 2020, I never thought it could be possible to live a golden experience like this. It is wonderful how music (and internet lol) connects us all together. I feel enormously grateful for meeting all of you teachers and students at Guitar Cloud Symposium.” - Ilse Gudiño
The GCS Symposium was super inspiring! I made this 3-ring binder for all the documents provided by our gifted teachers. (Okay, it's nerdy, but it will be the basis for my new 1-year practice plan after decades of being an occasional guitar picker).” - Joel Weddington