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The Guitar program prepares students for a versatile career through rigorous scholarly and musical training.

NOTE: Artist Diploma (AD) applications will not be considered for the 2021 application year.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Other Studies

  • Professional Studies Certificate (PS)
  • Artist Diploma (AD)

Program Details

The programs of study for guitar majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are thoroughly acquainted with the history, literature, and pedagogy of the guitar. Guitar majors will demonstrate their advancing musical abilities and knowledge of solo and chamber music repertoire through participation in performance classes and ensembles.

In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are provided additional opportunities to play for and observe world-renowned guest artists. Recent master classes in this department have included Pepe Romero, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Eduardo Fernandez, Benjamin Verdery, Paul Galbraith, Sharon Isbin, Oscar Ghiglia, and Fabio Zanon.

Audition & Prescreening Information

Procedures By Degree Level

Handbook for Current Students

Guitar Department Handbook

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

Plan of Study: Guitar
MSM Course Catalog

Guitar Department Chair

David Leisner

Watch the virtual master class with Pepe Romero and MSM students held in February, 2021!

Success Stories

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  • Jun 24, 2021 Guitar
    MSM Guitar Department Chair David Leisner to perform in New York Guitar Festival tribute to virtuoso Julian Bream
  • Apr 8, 2021 Guitar
    Video release of MSM alumnus guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas (PD ’04; PS ’06; AD ’07) solo debut with Berlin Philharmonic
  • Jul 22, 2019 Guitar
    Guitar faculty member and first-time librettist to premiere new opera work

“Attending the Manhattan School of Music is a great honor for me. I am able to meet, study and work with some of the best musicians there are in the world.”

Guitar (BM '18)

David Russell Guitar Masterclass at Manhattan School of Music