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Individual Instruction M161 - M162 - M262


General Information

Students are required to have a classical guitar (nylon strings) in good playing condition. Wake Forest has a few guitars to lend out for students who do not have their own. Students can discuss instrument use during the week of registration.

All students taking individual instruction must go through the registration procedure in the Music Office during the week of general registration, and all new students must schedule a meting with the instructor before signing up for courses.

Students should check bulletin outside M211 in Scales Fine Arts Center (music wing) for schedule postings and further information regarding classes and meeting times. Schedules for students taking guitar lessons will be posted a week after general registration.

Permission to takeprivate guitar lessons depends on several factors:
1. Having a basic knowledge of music notation and rhythm.
2. Musical ability and commitment to serious study.
3. Desire to either major or minor in music.
4. Desire to be an active participant in the music department.

Students who have not learned to read music and want to pursue guitar studies can sing up for Guitar One Class M165 and then follow with Guitar Two M166 the following semester. Both classes are taught each semester.

Note: Any student interested in pursuing a major or minor in music should consult the chair of the department as soon as possible after entering the university.

Courses in individual instruction are open to students with the permission of the instructor on a space available basis. Credit is earned on the basis of lesson duration and weekly preparation. One credit per semester implies a half-hour instruction weekly and a minimum of one hour of daily practice. The fee for a half-hour instruction (M161) a week is $300.00 for the semester. Fee for M162 one hour of instruction, $600.00.

Two credits per semester imply an hour of instruction weekly and a minimum of two hours daily practice. The fee for an hour instruction a week, M262 is $600.00 per semester. With the permission of the music faculty and with a proportional increase in practice, a student may earn three or four credits per semester. Students in individual instruction who do not have basic knowledge of notation and rhythm are advised to enroll in Music 101 or 104 either prior to or in conjunction with individual instruction.

Individual Guitar Instruction

This course introduces the student to basic classical guitar techniques such as rest stroke, free stroke, rasgueado or strumming, damping, arpeggios, bars and ornaments. Technical studies and repertoire of progressive difficulty are selected to meet the needs and abilities of the student. Reading and playing from musical notation. Students need to have previous knowledge of notation and rhythm.

Sophomore Audition Requirements

For Minors and Majors


Student should demonstrate knowledge of the fingerboard by performing scales (Diatonic Majors and Minors, Segovia edition) and by sight reading a simple composition, to be chosen by the teacher.

Student should have four studies memorized, each one dealing with four technical aspects of guitar playing: scales, arpeggios, bars and ornaments.

Student must choose one of the four studies to perform for the sophomore audition. The four woks must be equivalent or on the level of:
Required Studies by Mateo Carcassi, Fernando Sor, Dionisio Aguado, Francisco Tarrega, or others prescribed by the instructor
Two choices

Manuel Ponce- Preludes I to X

  Leo Brouwer Studies
  Villa-Lobos Preludes
One selection John Dowland
  J.S. Bach suite
  Joaquin Turina
  Issac Albeniz
  Claude Gagnon

Other studies or pieces recommended by the instructor


Music students taking sophomore auditions must have completed at least four semesters of applied music.

A minor in music requires twenty-four credits: Music 171, 172, 181, 182; two credits of ensemble, taken in two semesters; two semesters of individual instruction or four semesters if the student began instruction as a beginner; six credits of music electives (excluding ensembles); and four semesters of Music Recitals100. Each minor will be assigned an advisor and is encouraged to begin individual lessons, Music 171, and Music 100 as soon as possible.

Students anticipating a major or a minor in music are urged to begin their studies during their first year and are required to audition during the second semester of their sophomore year before being officially admitted to the program.

A major in music requires forty-eight credits. This includes a basic curriculum of thirty-six credits (Music Theory 171,172,173 and 174), sixteen credits; Music History 181,182, six credits; ten credits of individual instruction; and four credits of ensemble, taken four semesters. In addition six semesters of Music Recitals100 and twelve credits of elective courses in music, excluding ensembles and Music 165, 175-179. Music majors are required to present a senior recital, lecture or project.

For additional information regarding "Honors in Music" read the music section in the Wake Forest Bulletin.