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    3rd place winner, student Nathan Bredeson, with guitarist Shawn Pickup at the 2015 Hamilton International Guitar Festival.

Unique Programs

We offer degree programs in guitar performance with a multi-style approach in which students choose a primary and secondary style among classical, jazz, flamenco, and finger-style guitar. Classes in composition, technology, world music, pedagogy, and repertoire are designed to prepare students for a versatile career in music, one that may include performing, teaching, recording, and music publishing.

World Class Artists

Since 2005, UWM’s classical guitar student organization has worked to expose students to leading performers. Each year the group invites  some of the world’s best touring performers to UWM. After each performance, the visiting performer gives a master class. The student organization also annually applies for a grant with the UWM Student Association to send four students to a guitar festival, such as the Indiana Guitar Festival.

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Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Music Performance: Guitar

A successful audition is required prior to entry into the program. View the department requirements on the admission page for more information.

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
MUSIC 310 (OWC-B) 3
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 12
General (outside department) 3
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas


Degree Curriculum 85 Credits
MUSIC 44 University Choir 2
MUSIC 248 Sight Reading for Guitar I 1
MUSIC 271, 274, 402*, 452, 561 (*Jazz majors only) 6
MUSIC 280 Fretboard Essentials 2
MUSIC 280/680 History of Classical Guitar 3
MUSICPERF 33X Lessons in Guitar 8
MUSIC 348 Sight Reading for Guitar II 1
MUSIC 353 Conducting 2
MUSIC 385 Guitar Pedagogy 2
MUSICPERF 44X Lessons in Guitar 8
MUSIC 478 Finger-Style Guitar: History & Performance 3
MUSIC 489 Guitar Technique 1
MUSICPERF 546 Master Class in Guitar 8
MUSIC 659 Junior Recital 0
MUSIC 660 Senior Recital 2
Convocation (6 sem. MUSIC 106, MUSIC 107) 0
Music Theory
MUSIC 123 Aural Theory I 1
MUSIC 124 Aural Theory II 1
MUSIC 127 Materials of Theory I 2
MUSIC 128 Materials of Theory II 3
MUSIC 225 Materials of Theory III (QL-B) 3
MUSIC 226 Aural Theory III 1
MUSIC 230 Form Analysis 3
Music History
MUSIC 211 General History of Western Music I 3
MUSIC 212 General History of Western Music II 3
MUSIC 307 General History of Western Music III 3
Music Theory Electives
(Choose from below) 3
MUSIC 220 Intro to Computers & Music
MUSIC 321 Counterpoint
MUSIC 323 Instrumentation
MUSIC 327 Analog & Digital Synthesis I
MUSIC 328 Digital Synthesis & Systems II
MUSIC 421 Materials of Contemporary Music
MUSIC 680 Special Studies in Music Theory
Music History Electives
(Choose from below) 2-3
MUSIC 300 Literary Aspects of Rock & Roll
MUSIC 303 Jazz History
MUSIC 308 Selected Topics in Music History & Literature
MUSIC 309 American Folk & Pop Music
MUSIC 311 Music of the Baroque Era
MUSIC 312 Music of the Classical Era
MUSIC 313 Music of the Romantic Era
MUSIC 314 Music Since 1900
MUSIC 611 Music of the Medieval Era
MUSIC 612 Music of the Renaissance & Early Modern Era
Music Electives (Choose from Music class listings in consultation with advisor) 2-3
General Electives 5


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Samuel Hines

MFA, Guitar Performance | 2016

During some down time at the prestigious Parkening International Guitar Competition, Samuel Hines performed a rendition of Bach’s Prelude in E, BWV 1006 for Guitar Salon International.


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Dedicated Guitar Performance Faculty

profile photoBeverly Belfer(414) 916-7838brb3@uwm.eduMusic 141

Senior Lecturer, Guitar

profile photoPeter BillmannLecturerbillmanp@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 593

Lecturer, Jazz Guitar, Improvisation, & Jazz Combos

profile photoElina Chekanechekan@uwm.eduZelazo 230B

Director, Suzuki Guitar

Associate Lecturer, Classical Guitar

profile photoRene Izquierdori7@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 507

Area Head, Guitar

Associate Professor, Classical Guitar

profile photoJohn Stropesjstropes@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 587

Director, Guitar Program

Faculty Associate, Finger-Style Guitar

profile photoIrina Yanovskayayanovska@uwm.eduZelazo 230B

Lecturer, Suzuki Guitar

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