University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Music BFA - Performance -
Principal Instrument: Guitar


 bfa guitar


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree 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. Specialized ensembles in each of the styles provide real-world experience in musical collaboration. Individual recitals lay the groundwork for students to find their own voices on the instrument.

The UWM guitar faculty includes recording artists, authors, and internationally recognized performers. The program welcomes students from all across the globe and upholds a teaching philosophy open to a world of ideas: master classes, workshops, lectures, and concerts presented by visiting artists are an integral part of the program, serving to broaden the parameters of students’ musical experience and understanding. Video documentation of these events provides a valuable resource for current and future students.

Opportunities for undergraduate research, combined with an emphasis on analysis and transcription, deepen the musical context of the repertoire and help students understand both traditional and new methodological approaches. Based on one-on-one instruction, this rigorous program enables students to develop a highly personal discipline, as well as universal skills that translate across fields of study.

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Current Faculty

Prof. Beverly Belfer, guitar
Prof. Peter Baime, flamenco guitar
Prof. Peter Billmann, jazz guitar
Prof. Elina Chekan, classical guitar, Director of the Suzuki Guitar Institute
Prof. Andrew Lardner, finger-style guitar
Prof. Donald Linke, jazz guitar
Prof. René Izquierdo, classical guitar, Director of Classical Guitar
Prof. John Stropes, finger-style guitar, Chair of the Guitar Area

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BFA Curriculum

Freshman Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 3xx (MusPerf 346, 347, 348 or 349 - two styles must be taken for each sem of freshman and sophomore years)

Guitar (2 cr/sem)

2

MusPerf 001 or 1011

Piano

1

Music 274 or 271 (6 sems at 1 cr/sem)

Guitar Repertoire and Ensemble

1

Music 123

Aural Theory I

1

Music 125

Keyboard Harmony I

1

Music 127

Materials of Theory I

1

Music 1072

Convocation

0

Music or General Electives


2

Core Curriculum


6

Total


15

Freshman Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 3xx (MusPerf 346, 347, 348 or 349)

Guitar

2

MusPerf 001 or 101

Piano

1

Music 274 or 271

Guitar Repertoire and Ensemble

1

Music 124

Aural Theory II

1

Music 126

Keyboard Harmony II

1

Music 128

Materials of Theory II

2

Music 107

Convocation

0

Music or General Electives


2

Core Curriculum


6

Total


16

Sophomore Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 3xx (MusPerf 346, 347, 348 or 349)

Guitar

2

MusPerf 1xx (Mus Perf 146, 147, 148, 149)

2nd Style Guitar

1

Music 274 or 271

Guitar Repertoire and Ensemble

1

Music 225

Materials of Theory III

2

Music 226

Aural Theory III

1

Music 227

Keyboard Harmony III

1

Music 211

General History of Western Music I

3

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum


3

Foreign Language3 (4 cr/sem)


4

Total


18

Sophomore Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 3xx (MusPerf 346, 347, 348 or 349)

Guitar

2

MusPerf 1xx (MusPerf 146, 147, 148 or 149)

2nd Style Guitar

1

Music 274 or 271

Guitar Repertoire and Ensemble

1

Music 230

Form Analysis

3

Music 212

History of Music I

3

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum


3

Foreign Language3 (4 cr/sem)


4

Total


17

Junior Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 4xx (MusPerf 446, 447, 448, or 449 - two styles for each sem of jr and sr yr; 1 cr)

Guitar

2

MusPerf 1xx

(MusPerf 146, 147, 148 or 149)

2nd Style Guitar

1

Music 274 or 271

Guitar Repertoire and Ensemble

1

Music 307

General History of Western Music III

3

Mus Ed 385

Guitar Pedagogy

1

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum


5

Foreign Language3 (3 cr/sem)


3

Total


16

Junior Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 4xx (MusPerf 446, 447, 448, or 449)

Guitar

2

MusPerf 1xx (MusPerf 146, 147, 148, or 149)

2nd Style Guitar

1

Music 274 or 271

Guitar Repertoire and Ensemble

1

Music 421

Materials of Contemporary Music

3

Music 659

Junior Recital (half)

0

Music 385

Guitar Pedagogy

1

Choose one history elective


3

Music 308

Selected Topics in History and Lit


Music 311

Music of the Baroque Era


Music 312

Music of the Classic Era


Music 313

Music of the Romantic Era


Music 314

Music of the 20th Century


Music 309

American Folk and Pop Music (2 cr.)


Music 611

Survey of Medieval Music


Music 612

Survey of Renaissance Music


Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum


3

Foreign Language3 (3 cr/sem)


3

Total


17

Senior Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 4xx (MusPerf 446, 447, 448, or 449)

Guitar

2

Music xxx

Ensemble

1-2

Music 353

Conducting

2

Choose one theory elective


3

Music 321

Counterpoint


Music 323

Instrumentation


Music 220

Introduction to Computers and Music


Music 327

Analog and Digital Synthesis I


Music 328

Digital Synthesis and Systems II


Music 680

Special Studies in Music Theory


Core Curriculum and Electives


7

Total


15-16

Senior Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 4xx (MusPerf 446, 447, 448, or 449)

Guitar

2

Music xxx

Ensemble

1-2

Music 660

Senior Recital (full)

2

Music or General Electives


7

Core Curriculum


3

Total


15-16


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