Classical Guitar, BM

Offered in: Chicago

It is the goal of the Classical Guitar Program to provide the training and background necessary to function in the multi-faceted career of professional classical guitarist. In addition to developing comprehensive musicianship skills, analytic abilities and stylistic knowledge, the undergraduate program's objectives are to:

  • Acquaint the student with the literature for guitar through study, analysis, and performance of a cross-section of standard repertory, encompassing all stylistic periods.
  • Develop technical facility in a systematic fashion.
  • Develop progressively the student's collaborative and practical skills.
  • Introduce principles and methods for guitar teaching.
  • Develop chamber music skills.

Music studies are supported with basic general education coursework, including the study of foreign language.

The technical regimen that all BM students are required to master, as well as the repertory requirements that extend from the initial semester through the senior year, appear in the Music Conservatory Student Handbook. These are designed to build facility, strength and endurance, while acquainting students with the major genres, composers and styles.

Admission requirements

Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for the Classical Guitar audition requirements.  

Grade requirements

C- is the minimum passing grade in GUIT 211 GUITAR (MAJOR), GUIT 212 GUITAR (MAJOR) and GUIT 213 GUITAR (MAJOR). At the completion of the second year of applied study, a student must receive a minimum grade in GUIT 214 GUITAR (MAJOR) to be admitted to the upper division. The grade of B- is the minimum passing grade in upper division applied study, GUIT 311 GUITAR (MAJOR) through GUIT 314 GUITAR (MAJOR).

Requirements

MAJOR COURSES
GUIT 211GUITAR (MAJOR)4
GUIT 212GUITAR (MAJOR)4
GUIT 213GUITAR (MAJOR)4
GUIT 214GUITAR (MAJOR)4
GUIT 311GUITAR (MAJOR)4
GUIT 312GUITAR (MAJOR)4
GUIT 313GUITAR (MAJOR)4
GUIT 314GUITAR (MAJOR)4
GUIT 300GUITAR PERFORMANCE CLASS0
ENS 209CLASSICAL GUITAR ENSEMBLE8
PERF 334COMPREHENSIVE GUITAR TECHNIQUE4
PERF 336HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE OF GUITAR LITERATURE3
PERF 338CAREER SEMINAR FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR MAJORS2
SUPPORTIVE COURSES IN MUSIC
MUSC 121A
MUSC 121B
MUSC 121C
MUSICIANSHIP I:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 122A
MUSC 122B
MUSC 122C
MUSICIANSHIP II:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 221A
MUSC 221B
MUSC 221C
MUSICIANSHIP III:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSCIANSHIP III:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP III:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 222A
MUSC 222B
MUSC 222C
MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUHL 210VERNACULAR MUSIC OF THE UNTIED STATES3
MUHL 251HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I3
MUHL 252HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II3
MUHL 253HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III3
MTA 304COUNTERPOINT3
MTA 305FORM AND ANALYSIS3
PERF 240ELEMENTS OF CONDUCTING2
MPE 330SENIOR SEMINAR IN MUSIC PEDAGOGY1
GENERAL STUDIES
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Electives: Seven non-music academic electives including 6 s.h. of foreign language21
Total Credit Hours120