DePaul University School of Music > Academics > Studios & Areas of Study > Guitar


The classical guitar studio at DePaul is designed to develop the subtle artistry, highly refined technique and a profound understanding of style and performance practice necessary to succeed as a professional musician. Students study repertoire of the various style periods including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Modern music.


The Guitar Studio

The classical guitar studio at DePaul operates on a traditional model which emphasizes the three-fold area of a performer's development: repertoire, etudes and technique. The demands of the 500-years' worth of repertoire (the last 200 in particular) inform the studio's choice of technical exercises.

The etudes, by such guitarist/composers as Carcassi, Sor, Giuliani, Aguado, Regondi, Legnani, Mertz, Pujol, Brouwer, among others, and the concert/etudes of Villa-Lobos place the technical demands in a high-level musical setting. Early music performance practice concepts are employed in preparation of renaissance, baroque and early nineteenth century repertoire.

One-hour lessons per week for guitar performance majors, performance class and guitar ensemble make up a students weekly experience. Upper level and graduate students also take Lute, Guitar History and Literature and Guitar Pedagogy classes. Students work together in a variety of chamber music settings with multiple guitars, other instruments and voice and in large groups of guitars with conductor under the auspices of the DePaul University Guitar Ensemble.

Recent Student Performances

Recent repertoire performed by students in recital has included selections from Stravinsky's Petruska; Falla's Three-Cornered Hat and El Amor Brujo, arranged or composed for large guitar ensemble; Brouwer's Cuban Landscape with Rain and Toccata; Roland Dyens' Cote Sud and his arrangement of Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras; and Piazzolla's Tango Suite.

Solo repertoire included suites by Bach; lute music and songs for voice and lute by John Dowland; Henze's Drei Tentos; Walton's Five Bagatelles; Roland Dyens; Astor Piazzolla; Carlo Domeniconi; Joaquin Rodrigo; and many others.

Alumni Accomplishments

Many of the classical guitar graduates go on to have success as performers and teachers or pursue advanced degrees or European study.