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Guitar Performance Emphasis

The Guitar Performance Emphasis at Radford University is a program intended to prepare students for the wide array of performing situations available to today's professional guitarists.

The Guitar Program is directed by Dr. Robert Trent, the first guitarist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Students of Robert Trent are competition winners, performers, recording artists and instructors.

Performance opportunities are extensive. They may include the guitar ensemble departmental student recitals, junior/senior recitals, recitals that include musical collaborations with singers and instrumentalists, and possible performance with band or chamber orchestra.

Performance Emphasis

General Education Requirements (50 hours)

Majors are required to take the following courses and are advised to take them as part of their General Education requirements:

  • CPSC (computer science course) or INSY 181. Business Applicaitons of Microcomputers
  • MUSC 321, 322. History of Music

Music Core (62 hours)

  • Applied Major (Piano Level 8P) 24
  • MUSC 100. Introduction to Music Literature (3)
  • MUSC 111:112:211:212. Music Theory (12)
  • MUSC 114:115:214:215. Ear Training and Sight Singing (4)
  • Choral or Instrumental Ensemble (5)
  • MUSC 321:322. History of Music
  • MUSC 354. Introduction to Conducting (2)
  • MUSC 417. Form and Analysis (2)
  • MUSC 418. Arranging and Orchestration (3)
  • MUSC 419. Counterpoint (3)
  • MUSC 497. Undergraduate Recital (3)

A minimum grade of "C" is required in MUSC 497 Undergraduate Recital for graduation.

Recommended Courses for Performance Emphasis
(17 hours)

  • MUSC 267:270. Fretboard Skills (2)
  • Applied Keyboard Minor (Level I) (2)
  • MUSC 436. Guitar Ensemble (4)
  • MUSC 421:422. Guitar History and Literature (4)
  • MUSC 450. Guitar Pedagogy (3)
  • MUSC 458. Accompanying (2)

Total credits needed for degree (129)