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Earn Your Degree in Guitar Performance
1, 2 and 4 year programs available

Guitar Performance Degree

The Guitar Performance degree program is designed to develop your instrumental technique and stylistic vocabulary so you can fully express yourself as a guitar player. You’ll refine your improvisation skills as a lead guitarist and become a strong rhythm guitar player through a combination of ensemble performance and individualized private lessons. You’ll also learn how to work with pedalboards, effects and different amplifiers to achieve great-sounding tones. Whether you’re into rock, blues, jazz, metal, country or classical guitar, you’ll have the support of experienced faculty to help you master the music you’re most passionate about.

By building a solid foundation in music theory, scales, song structure, ear training, soloing skills and stage presence, you’ll be prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths as a professional guitar player.

Ready For The Real World

In our guitar program, you’ll receive a hands-on education in a real world environment that directly mirrors the music industry. You’ll gain stage experience through the many playing opportunities on campus and around the Minneapolis–St. Paul area. You’ll get to record in state-of-the-art studios with fellow performance majors. You’ll also collaborate with songwriting and music production students on real projects. You’ll learn tour management, how to book your own shows, and how to market and promote yourself as an artist. And through our job board, you can find gigs with original bands and commercial groups.

You’ll get a head start on your music career by building your professional network while you’re still in school. With access to guest artists, internships and the thriving Twin Cities music and arts scene, you’ll be connected to the industry before you graduate.

Teaching For Tomorrow

To succeed as a professional guitar player, you need a well-rounded education that prepares you for the dynamic future of the music business. That’s why our Guitar Performance degree program focuses on developing your creativity and musicianship while giving you the necessary technology skills to adapt and compete in the industry. You’ll also graduate equipped with the entrepreneurial concepts and business savvy you’ll need to accomplish your goals and establish your career.

With a comprehensive guitar degree that blends artistry, technology and entrepreneurship, you’ll be ready to make and sustain a life in music.

Your Career Path

Graduates of our guitar program are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Professional Guitar Player
  • Touring Musician
  • Session Player
  • Music Director
  • Songwriter
  • Music Teacher
  • Private Lesson Instructor

Looking to develop your skill as a professional guitar player? Request more information today to see how McNally Smith College of Music can help you discover your life in music by earning a Guitar Performance degree.