Program Description

The Guitar Department provides individualized instruction in all styles, including jazz, blues, rock, metal, funk, fingerstyle, classical, world music, microtonal music, and the avant-garde.

Guitar players majoring in performance learn the skills and concepts required to demonstrate professional-level proficiency on their principal instrument. The curriculum includes private lessons, which comprise proficiency-based final exams, guitar labs, ensembles, and performance studies classes. 
Performance majors will complete a series of performance juries, supported by recital preparation. These lead to the final performance, the senior recital, played in one of Berklee’s recital halls. Most students engage in extracurricular concert performances on and off campus.
Performance majors take specialized courses in ear training and harmonic applications. They participate in master classes and perform with visiting artists. This work is designed to deepen instrumental knowledge and musicianship, which are skills that can be applied to a wide range of musical contexts: recording sessions for audio, film, and television; concert performance; festivals; touring; and gigging. Performance majors develop a theoretical, practical, and conceptual foundation that will allow them to adapt to an ever-changing professional environment.

Find Your Style

The Berklee Guitar Department allows you to balance the technical with the artistic, all in service of helping you find your voice on the instrument. All styles of playing are offered, including jazz, blues, funk, metal, classical, fingerstyle, and modern improvisation; and you are encouraged to focus or branch out as you wish. Shape your artistic path in a department that trained musicians such as Bill Frisell, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Kevin Eubanks, Steve Vai, and Emily Remler, among many others.

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