Guitar

Plan of Study: Guitar

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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.

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

Sample Schedule for Bachelor of Music / Guitar Major

Total Curriculum Credits: 125

  • Major Lessons
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0001-0002)
    8 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0111-0112)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0001-0002)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0001-0002)
    6 cr
  • Fretboard Harmony (GT0511-0512)
    2 cr
  • Guitar Performance Seminar (GT0999)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Choir (VX0050)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1:
34 cr
  • Major Lessons
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0003-0004)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Fretboard Harmony (GT0611-0612)
    2 cr
  • Guitar Performance Seminar (GT0999)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • Choir (VX0050)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2:
33 cr
  • Major Lessons
    8 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH0500-2999)
    6 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0300-2999)
    6 cr
  • Guitar Literature (GT0111-0112)
    2 cr
  • Practical Foundations (ME1500)
    2 cr
  • Guitar Performance Seminar (GT0999)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 3:
28 cr
  • Major Lessons
    8 cr
  • Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0300-2999)
    6 cr
  • Guitar Literature (GT0211-0212)
    2 cr
  • Orchestral Conducting (CD0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Guitar Pedagogy (GT0411-0412)
    2 cr
  • Guitar Performance Seminar (GT0999)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • 5 Setting the Stage Workshops (ME1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 4:
30 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

*The minimum Chamber Music requirement consists of 7 semesters of ensemble, 2 of which must be Guitar ensemble. Guitar ensemble requests beyond sophomore first semester require faculty approval.

Students working towards this degree are required to attend five Setting the Stage professional development workshops before graduation.

Sample Schedule for Master of Music / Guitar Major

Total Curriculum Credits: 56

  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Guitar History and Literature (GT2151)
    2 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Guitar Performance Seminar (GT2999)
    3 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP150)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Fall:
14 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Guitar History and Literature (GT2152)
    2 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Guitar Performance Seminar (GT2999)
    3 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Spring:
14 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Graduate Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Guitar Performance Seminar (GT2999)
    3 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    1 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Fall:
14 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Graduate Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Guitar Performance Seminar (GT2999)
    3 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Spring:
14 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

*The minimum Chamber Music requirement consists of 4 semesters of ensemble. Guitar ensemble requests require faculty approval.