Classical guitar ensemble

Classical Guitar

Bachelor of Music – Classical Guitar Performance

  • The program details described below are subject to change. Actual degree requirements for a given academic year may differ from what is listed here.
  • Refer to the 2017-2018 USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements.
  • See the Thornton Admission page for specific application information.
  • Current students should refer to the specific requirements list for their major, which is available through the Thornton Student Affairs office.


The BM in classical guitar is a four-year, 132-unit program consisting of course work in the major (individual instruction, functional skills, performance class, classical guitar history, and ensembles), core music studies (theory, aural skills, music history, keyboard instruction, conducting, and large ensemble) and USC’s general education and writing program. Junior and senior recitals are required.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons and Performance Classes (33 units)

MPGU 153-453 Individual Instruction Classical Guitar (lessons) (eight 2-unit courses)
MPGU 257/457 Classical Guitar Performance Class (eight 2-unit courses)
MPGU 301 Individual Instruction Studio Guitar (lessons) (1 unit)

Music Ensembles (10 units)

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

Program Intensive Courses (10 units)

MPGU 417 Classical Guitar Pedagogy (2 units)
MPGU 426/427 Guitar History and Literature (two 3-unit courses)
MPGU 459 Functional Skills for Classical Guitarists II (Arranging and Composing) (2 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (40 units)

MUHL Music History and Literature (three 4-unit courses)
MUCO 132ab-232ab Aural Skills I and II (four 2-unit courses)
MUCO 133ab-233ab Music Theory I and II (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 338 Elementary Orchestration (2 units)
MUCD 340 or 343 Choral or Instrumental Conducting I (2 units)
MPKS 250ab Keyboard Instruction I (two 2-unit courses)

General Education (32 units)

GE Six 4-unit courses in various fields of study
(see for detailed requirements)
WRIT 150/340 Two 4-unit courses in Writing

Electives (7 units)

Music or non-music courses (7 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.