Bachelor of Music in Guitar

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence

Core curriculum is shaded. Courses in bold type must be taken in the designated sequence. Undergraduate International students may be required to follow an alternative sequence of courses. A form with this sequence may be found in the Registrar's Office and online.

Credits for Bachelor of Music in Guitar

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Introduction to Western Civilization GED 202/203

8

 

 

 

Musicianship
MMT 102/103/104/105

6

 6

 

 

Music Theory
MMT 112/113/114/115

4

4

 

 

Keyboard Skills PRF 150/151

2

 

 

 

Private Instruction PVL 100

8

8

8

8

General Education1

 

9

6

9

Music History MHL 202/203/204

 

4

2

 

Guitar Literature MHL 322–325

 

2

4

 

Electives2

 

2

3

4

Conservatory Chorus ENS 300 or Conservatory Chamber Choir ENS 301

 

 

2

 

Music History and Literature
MHL 400–599 or MMT 252/253

 

 

3

 

MHL 400-599 or MMT 116-253

 

 

3

 

Guitar Ensemble ENS 304

 

 

4

4

Practical Aspects of a
Career in Music APP 404

 

 

 

2

Guitar Pedagogy APP 302

 

 

 

2

Totals

28

35

35

29

Four-Year Total: 127

 

 

 

 

1. Undergraduates must complete at least one course in Literature, Poetry or Drama and one course in History or Philosophy by the end of the junior year.
2. Courses numbered MHL 302–599, MMT 116–599, GED 401–499 and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, PRF and PVL series not used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for elective credits listed for individual majors.

Repertoire Requirements for Guitar Juries

Two-thirds of all juries and recitals must be performed from memory. Each jury must consist of entirely new repertoire. Written program notes are required for each jury and degree recital. Repertoire guidelines are in the Guitar Department Manual, available on the Conservatory's web site.
At the end of the semester in which the student is not doing a jury (usually the fall semester), undergraduate guitar students are required to perform an evaluation for the guitar faculty. Freshmen and sophomores play for five minutes; all others play for ten minutes. The results are factored into the semester's grade, and students receive written comments from each member of the guitar faculty.

  • Freshman Jury: Music from each of the following five periods, totaling 20 minutes: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary, for a 15-minute jury.
  • Sophomore Jury: Music from all five periods listed above, totaling 30 minutes, for a 15-minute jury.
  • Junior Jury: Music from at least three distinct musical periods, totaling 45 minutes, for a 30-minute jury.
  • Senior Jury and Senior Recital: Music from at least three distinct musical periods, totaling one hour, for a 30-minute jury. Also, a recital of one hour of music, which may include some chamber music at the discretion of the major teacher

Historical Performance Emphasis for Plucked Strings

Emphasis course requirements:
  • 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.)
Total credits for Emphasis: 11-13