University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

The Music of Leo Kottke


August 12-14, 2016

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.


Friday, August 12, 6 - 9 pm
Saturday, August 13, 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday, August 14, 12 - 3 pm


John Stropes,


$360 (materials included; guitar required)


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 or (414) 229-6588 and specify that you are reserving for the Leo Kottke Workshop.

About the Instructor

John Stropes is the director of Guitar Studies at UWM. Through historical research, analysis, transcription, teaching, and performance of finger-style guitar, he has brought focus to this style. His publishing company, Stropes Editions, Ltd., has set a new standard for written music for the guitar and guitar education.