Bachelor of Music in Guitar

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Required Courses and Recommended Sequence

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

8

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

3

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

4th Yr.

APP 302 Guitar Pedagogy

2

4th Yr.

APP 404 Practical Aspects of a Career in Music

2

Ensembles

3rd Yr.

ENS 300 Chorus or ENS 301 Chamber Choir

2

3rd/4th Yr.

ENS 304 Guitar Ensemble

8

Electives (9 credits total)
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799, and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL series not 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

 

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)

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