SPA Summer Music Intensive

SPA is excited to offer a summer music intensive for students ages 12-17 years old. Here are the specific details and how to sign up:

9 am - 1 pm, June 20-24, 2022 

Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts - 2291 S 2000 E SLC, UT 84106

14-17 years old

Skill level:
Beginner to advanced - you will be placed in a skill-appropriate group


To sharpen students' performance skills through the application of contemporary music learning practices and to gain experience playing with other students. SPA students can use this opportunity to move up an ensemble level for the following school year.

What to bring:
Snack and water bottle. Guitarists and Bassists need to bring their own instruments and instrument cables. We will provide amps, drumkits, and vocal amplification.

$100 for SPA and Highland students (free for conservatory students), $150 for all other students



Nick Petty

Nick Petty is a multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has studied the Guitar in depth through many genres and holds a Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Master’s degree in Contemporary Music Performance. He has performed around the world, touring the U.S with artists including David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco, and continues to perform and produce music frequently. As an educator, Nick specializes in creative approaches to music theory and songwriting, a balance of traditional and contemporary guitar training, and practical skills for performance and content creation. Nick uses mindfulness techniques in the classroom to create a positive learning environment and help students develop a healthy relationship with music education.

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Chris Petty

Chris Petty is a drummer, percussionist, producer, and multimedia artist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His passion for music started on the drum-set at age eleven and evolved as he picked up percussion in high school. In 2012, he attended Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, focusing on jazz drum-set and percussion under the tutelage of Jay Lawrence and Car Allen and spending the summers drumming in the house band at Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah. Upon leaving Snow College, he began working with corporate event and wedding band, No Limits, traveling and performing nationally and internationally, including destinations like Cancun, Mexico, and Guatemala City. In 2015 he was accepted to Berklee College of Music with a scholarship where he focused on production, composition, and sound design, studying under the mentorship of world-renowned teachers like Richard Boulanger and Matthew Davidson to learn electronic music tools like Ableton, Logic, Max/MSP/Jitter, and Csound. He also deepened his performance skillset, studying drumset with Kenwood Dennard, vibraphone with Ed Saindon, hand-percussion and tabla with Jerry Leake, and improvisation with Kenny Werner. He graduated from Berklee in 2019 with a degree in Electronic Production and Design and a minor in Effortless Mastery. He subsequently moved back to Salt Lake to continue his education at the University of Utah, earning a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies in 2022. He currently lives in Salt Lake where he works as a freelance drummer, producer, and engineer, playing in bands like Angie Petty & The Truth, Lounge40, and his solo electronic project, cPet.