Graduate Guitar

Graduate Guitar

As a student in the graduate guitar program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, you will build the foundations for a professional life in the world of music. You will be surrounded by a thriving community of musicians, where you can rise to your full potential, achieve your musical goals and express your artistic voice.

Master of Music

You will be part of a graduate guitar program that nurtures your passion for your instrument and prepares you for a life as a professional musician. As a graduate student, you will participate in all departmental juries and perform two recitals, one in Year One and a second in Year Two. In addition to private lessons and master classes, you will take Career Strategies courses that strengthen skills needed in the professional world, like those for auditions, entrepreneurship, recording and portfolio preparation. You will also complete courses in guitar pedagogy projects to prepare you for the possibility of teaching, including the creation of lesson plans and course syllabi. 

You may also choose to apply to the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute, either as an individual musician or as part of an ensemble. This unique graduate program is dedicated to the development of outstanding chamber musicians. It features regular coachings from artist-faculty and guest chamber ensembles, an annual coaching with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for select groups, touring and performance opportunities, professional recording sessions and more.

Professional Artist Certificate

If you already have a graduate degree, you may also choose to pursue a Professional Artist Certificate. This post-master’s program is designed to advance your career potential as a young professional guitarist. If you are interested in independent studies offered through this program, you are encouraged to propose a one-year course of study that is tailored to your interests and experience.


UNCSA graduates consistently rank among the most successful guitarists in the country, earning prizes in guitar competitions, appearing on international concert stages and serving as teachers in higher education and community schools.

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