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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 with a multi-style approach in which students choose a primary and secondary style focus. 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.

Apply & Audition


Explore – Specific degree information can be found in the UWM Academic Catalog along with credits, courses, admission and program requirements.

Audition – A successful audition is required prior to entry into the BA and BFA programs. View the department requirements on the admission page for more information.

BFA – Music: Guitar


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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.

Careers in Music

Acoustic Engineer
Artist Management
Arts Administration
Audio Software Designer & Programmer
Audio/Visual Technician
Broadcast Engineer
Chamber Musician
Choral Music Educator
Collaborative Pianist
Community Arts Organizer
Concert Production/Promotion
Conductor (Band, Choral, Orchestral)
Cruise Ship Entertainer
Development Director
Diction Coach
Early Music Performer
Education Director
Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
Ensemble Administration
Event Manager
Film Composer/Conductor
Foley Artist
Folk Music Performer
Foundation Administration
Instrumental Music Educator
Instrumental Performer
Instrument Building/Repairing/Restoration
Jazz Performer
Licensing Administrator
Managing Director
Marketing & Sales
Mastering Engineer
Media Developer
Military Bands/Orchestras
Music Cognition (Science & Medicine)
Music Critic
Music Education Teacher (K-12)
Music Historian
Music Librarian
Music Journalist/Blogger
Music Publicist
Music Store Owner
Music Supervisor
Music Therapist
Music Theorist
Musical Theatre Artist
Multimedia Artist
Opera Performer
Opera Dramaturg
Opera Management
Opera Prompter
Orchestral Musician
Outreach & Educational Programming
Peace Corps (Teaching Music Abroad)
Piano Tuner/Technician
Pit Musician
Private Studio Teacher
Program Notes Author
Promotion Manager
Radio Manager/Broadcasting
Recording Artist
Record Label Administration
Sound Designer/Engineer
Sound Technician
Suzuki Instructor
Studio Musician
Talent Agent/Director
Television/Theatrical Composer
Theatre Stage Manager
University Administration
University Faculty
Video Game Scoring
Vocal Coach
Voice Therapist
Voiceover Artist
Wardrobe Specialist


Faculty: Guitar

profile photoPeter BillmannLecturerbillmanp@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 593

Lecturer, Jazz Guitar

profile photoElina Chekanechekan@uwm.eduZelazo 230B

Lecturer, Classical Guitar

Director, Suzuki Guitar

profile photoRene Izquierdori7@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 507

Professor, Classical Guitar

Area Head, Guitar

Director, Guitar Ensemble

profile photoJohn Stropesjstropes@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 587

Lecturer, Finger-Style Guitar

profile photoIrina Yanovskayayanovska@uwm.eduZelazo 230B

Lecturer, Suzuki Guitar

Department Faculty & Staff