Chair, Studio Guitar Program
Associate Professor of Practice
- Program:Studio Guitar, Popular Music
- Division:Contemporary Music
Nick Stoubis has distinguished himself as a world-class guitarist with an active career as a performer, composer, session-player, transcriber, author and educator. As an educator at USC since 1997, he has always been in high demand and popular as a professor with students throughout the university. He has coauthored four books in collaboration with other USC faculty for Mel Bay Publications, including: GUITAR FOR STUDENTS: A Method for the Classroom and Private Student, PLAYING THE BLUES: Blues Rhythm Guitar, FINGERBOARD MASTERY: Scales and Arpeggios, Book One and FINGERBOARD MASTERY: Scales and Arpeggios, Book Two. As a solo recording artist he released MOSAIC: The Music of Greece; an instrumental Greek music recording for Aegis Infinity Records and is in the process of releasing new solo recordings with the same label. He composes and records music for programming on television networks such as: NBC, CBS, Fox, Univision, Showtime, TVland, Lifetime, GSN, SyFy, Oxygen, Animal Planet, TLC, OWN, Spike, Nat Geo WILD and TBS among others. His music appears on over 180 episodes of television programming. As a studio musician, he lends his playing to a variety of recordings and can be heard on motion pictures scores and soundtracks for movies such as Vampires Suck, The Baytown Outlaws, One For The Money and The To Do List among others.
Nick Stoubis began playing guitar at the age of twelve and has been performing and touring professionally since his early teens. As a young teenager he appeared on bills throughout Canada with artists including: Nazareth, Bachman-Turner-Overdrive, Trooper, Prism, Barney Bental, and Lee Aaron. Upon moving to Los Angeles in the early nineties, he attended the Musicians Institute, where he graduated with top honors and was a nominee for “Outstanding Graduate.” Continuing his studies at USC, he completed his bachelor of music and master of music degrees. He studied with many of Los Angeles’ greatest guitarists, including jazz master Joe Diorio at USC. At USC he continued with his very impressive academic career, being honored many times for his scholarly efforts. Alongside his numerous academic honors, Nick was the recipient of the “Outstanding Undergraduate” and “Outstanding Graduate” awards at the conclusion of both his two USC degrees. Prior to graduating with his bachelor of music degree in 1997, he was offered a position to head the Non-Major Guitar program at USC, a position he has held to this day. Under his direction, the Non-Major Guitar program gained great popularity and grew to unprecedented size, beginning to flourish while Nick was a graduate student and teaching assistant (1997-2000). And so began his teaching life at USC where upon completing graduate school, Nick joined the faculty of the Studio/Jazz Guitar program and now also serves on the Popular Music program faculty. Along with teaching at USC, he has also taught at the Musicians Institute (2002-2004) where he went to school over ten years earlier. As an alumnus of USC, Nick was the recipient of the prestigious 2012 University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Outstanding Alumnus Award.
- MM, University of Southern California, 2000
- BM, University of Southern California, 1997