Program Description

All students at Berklee College of Music enter with a principal instrument. The Guitar Department offers instruction in all styles, including jazz, blues, rock, metal, funk, fingerstyle, classical, world music, microtonal music, and the avant-garde.

Every major requires four semesters of private instruction, labs, and ensembles on this instrument. This fulfills your performance core requirement.

Specific majors, such as performance, professional music, and songwriting, require or encourage additional semesters in private instruction, labs, and ensembles.


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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