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Curriculum: Guitar Undergraduates

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: Bachelor of Music in Guitar
Credit Total: 127

Rec. Course #/Title Cr.
Private Instruction
1st/2nd/3rd/4th yr. PVL 100 Major Instruction 32
Musicianship and Music Theory
1st yr. MMT 102/112 Musicianship 4
1st yr. MMT 103/113 Musicianship 4
2nd yr. MMT 104/114 Musicianship 4
2nd yr. MMT 105/115 Musicianship 4
3rd yr. MMT 106 Musicianship 2
3rd yr. MMT 107 Musicianship 2
Keyboard Skills
1st yr. PRF 150/151 Keyboard Skills 2
Humanities and Sciences
1st yr. HMS 110/111 Approaches to College Writing 6
2nd yr. HMS 202/203 Intro to Western Civilization 6
3rd yr. HMS 302-399 (Literature) 3
4th yr. HMS 402-479 (Hist/Phil) 3
  HMS 210-599 12
Music History and Literature
2nd yr. MHL 202/203 4
3rd yr. MHL 204 2
2nd/3rd yr. MHL 322-325 Guitar Lit 6
4th yr. MHL 400-599 or MMT 252 or 253 3
4th yr. Other MHL/MMT Courses (except MHL 202-399 and MMT 100-115) 3
Applied Practical Training / Professional Development
1st yr. PDV 200 Professional Fundamentals; PDV 202 Finance for Musicians 2
4th yr. APP 302 Guitar Pedagogy 2
4th yr. PDV 203-599 2
3rd yr. ENS 300 Chorus or ENS 301 Chamber Choir 2
Winter Term
1st yr. Project
2nd yr. Project
3rd 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
1st yr. JRFR Freshman Jury: Music from each of the following five periods, totaling 20 minutes: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary, for a 15-minute jury.
2nd yr. JRSO Sophomore Jury: Music from all five periods listed above, totaling 30 minutes, for a 15-minute jury.
3rd yr. JRJU Junior Jury: Music from at least three distinct musical periods, totaling 45 minutes, for a 30-minute jury.
4th yr. JRSN Senior Jury: Music from at least three distinct musical periods, totaling one hour, for a 30-minute jury.
4th yr. RCTSN Senior Recital: A recital of one hour of music, which may include some chamber music at the discretion of the major teacher.

2017-18 Guitar Department Manual

Historical Performance Emphasis for Plucked Strings

  • 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 400 Introduction to Performance Practice (1 semester, 3 credits)
  • 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)