Bachelor of Music with a concentration in performance/guitar

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About the Program

The Bachelor of Music with a concentration in performance/guitar will teach you how to develop the skills, concepts and sensitivities that are essential to being a professional musician. Included are courses in music theory, aural skills, music history, conducting and applied study in your principal performing medium. As a guitar student, you will have the opportunity to study a number of styles and techniques through classical and jazz lessons, guitar ensembles, masterclasses and guitar pedagogy. In addition, VCU is one of the few guitar programs in the U.S. to offer flamenco guitar lessons for credit.

You’ll be taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields, and have regular access to acclaimed visiting artists who come here for concerts, masterclasses and clinics.

Some classes you might take in this major:

  • Introduction to World Musical Styles
  • Survey of the Music Industry
  • Conducting
  • Pedagogy
  • Guitar Ensemble

Our alumni are:

  • Solo and ensemble performers
  • Private instructors
  • Composers and arrangers
  • Music entrepreneurs
  • Performing arts administrators