Studio/Jazz Guitar

Bachelor of Music – Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance (Traditional Track)


The BM in studio/jazz guitar is a four-year, 132-unit program consisting of course work in the major (individual instruction, functional skills, performance practices, pedagogy, evolution of the guitar in the United States, guitar history, improvisation and arranging, current electric guitar styles), core music studies (theory, aural skills, music history, conducting ensembles) and USC’s general education and writing program. Junior and senior recitals are required.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (16 units)

MPGU 153-453 Individual Instruction Studio Guitar (lessons) (eight 2-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (10 units)

MUEN 326 Guitar Ensemble (chamber music and guitar orchestra) (six 1-unit courses)
MUEN 3 Ensemble Electives (four 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (28 units)

MPGU 158 Guitarists in the U.S. (2 units)
MPGU 159 Functional Skills for Studio Guitarists I (2 units)
MPGU 258 Functional Skills for Studio Guitarists II (two 2-unit courses)
MPGU 358 Performance Practices for Studio Guitarists (two 2-unit courses)
MPGU 415 Studio Guitar Pedagogy (2 units)
MPGU 416 Evolution of the Guitar in the U.S. (3 units)
MPGU 426 Classical Guitar History and Literature (3 units)
MPGU 428ab Improvisation and Arranging for Guitarists (two 3-unit courses)
MPGU 458 Current Electric Guitar Styles (2 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (40 units)

MUHL 231-332 Music History and Literature (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 132ab-232ab Aural Skills (four 2-unit courses)
MUCO 133ab-233ab Music Theory (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 338 Elementary Orchestration (2 units)
MUCD 343 Instrumental Conducting I (2 units)
MPKS 250ab Keyboard Instruction I (two 2-unit courses)

General Education (32 units)

GE Cat. I-VI One course from each of six categories (six 4-unit courses)
WRIT 130/340 Writing (two 4-unit courses)

Electives (6 units)

Music or non-music courses (6 units)

Capstone Projects

Junior Recital
Senior Recital

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical undergraduate credit load is 16-18 units per semester.