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Curriculum: Guitar Graduate Students

Life isn’t an audition.

Any music school can make you a better player. Our interconnected courses are built to transform you intellectually, artistically, professionally, and individually. You’ll understand the roots of your music, freeing you to take it somewhere new. You’ll see how your training broadens your options, rather than narrowing them. You'll find your voice. And you'll enter the world with the same confidence you bring to the stage.

Required Courses

Curriculum: Master of Music in Guitar
Credit Total: 47

Rec. Course #/Title Cr.
Private Instruction
1st/2nd yr. PVL 600 Major Instruction 16
Musicianship and Music Theory
Credits earned for MMT 602/604 will not count toward the overall credit requirements for graduation, but will affect the student’s GPA.
1st yr. MMT 602 Musicianship Review 3
2nd yr. MMT 604 Music Theory Review 3
Music History and Literature (12 credits total)
Students may pass part or all of the music history placement exam. Students who fail the first part must take MHL 602, and students who fail the second part must take MHL 603. MHL 602 and 603 will count toward the 12 credits required. Students will not receive credit by exam for placing out of MHL 602 or 603. MHL 300-500 are undergraduate courses and do not count for this requirement.
1st yr. MHL 602 Topics in Music History 3
1st yr. MHL 603 Topics in Music History 3
1st yr. Proseminar MHL 650-699 3
  MMT 702 or MHL 600-799 3-9
Applied Practical Training
Students who have taken APP 302 as undergraduates at the Conservatory are exempted from this requirement.
  APP 302 Guitar Pedagogy 2
Career and Professional Development (2 credits)
Any class with the PDV prefix will fulfill this requirement. Students are also encouraged to develop a well defined and focused Independent Study Project.
Ensembles (6 credits total)
  ENS 304 Guitar Ensemble 4
  ENS 200-599 2
Winter Term
1st yr. Project
2nd yr. Project
Electives (9 credits total)
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799, and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL and PDV series that aren’t used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.
Juries and Recitals
Two graduate juries are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements; two graduate recitals are required. Repertoire guidelines for juries are in the Guitar Department Manual, which is available from the Office of Admission. Graduate students must perform a major concerto on a jury and on one of the graduate recitals, a department recital, or some other venue. The first graduate recital must include music from three different musical periods. Program notes are required for juries.
1st yr. JRMM1 First Graduate Jury
1st Yr RCTMM1 First Graduate Recital
2nd yr. JRMM2 Second Graduate Jury
2nd yr. RCTMM2 Second Graduate Recital

2016–17 Guitar Department Manual >

Historical Performance Emphasis for Plucked Strings (Graduate) (credit total: 11-13)

  • ENS 210 (Conservatory Baroque Ensemble) (2 semesters, 4 credits)
  • ENS 212 (Continuo Playing) or ENS 305 (Basso Continuo) for Guitarists (1 semester, 2 credits). Not required if student can demonstrate prior experience.
  • MHL 733 (Performance Practice: Baroque Era) (1 semester, 3 credits). In years where MHL 733 is not offered, students should register for MHL 400 (Introduction to Performance Practice).
  • PRF 348 (Historical Plucked Strings) (2 semesters, 4 credits)
  • HPE Jury: Jury requirements as determined by HPE faculty. HPE jury is in addition to major instrument jury.

These credits also count toward the Master of Music degree. Please consult the Guitar Department Manual.