GUITAR PROGRAM

Master of Music in Performance
Bachelor of Music in Performance
Associate of Arts in Music Performance
Certificate in Music Business
Los Angeles, CA

The Guitar Program at Musicians Institute is designed to develop professional level technique and musicianship through performance-intensive and immersive experiences. Guitar classes are taught by leading professionals and students will get trained in the basics of guitar playing, including performance, ear training, melodic soloing along a huge variety of contemporary styles.

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THE LEADER IN GUITAR INSTRUCTION

In 1977, the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) revolutionized contemporary music education with the first full-time program to offer hands-on professional training for the electric guitarist. Over three decades later, MI remains the leader in guitar education, besting other colleges for guitar players, with a unique system that combines technical, creative and professional development in a performance-based program.

At MI, you learn from a proven curriculum taught by the best guitar instructors in the world, augmented by visiting artists’ seminars, concerts, and lessons from some of the greatest players in contemporary music. At our guitar music college, you get to network with other players, find your creative voice, and get the training you need to become the player you have always dreamed of being.

DEGREES OFFERED

MASTER OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE

The Master of Music in Performance (Guitar) from Musicians Institute combines advanced performance training with additional study in both traditional and contemporary disciplines such as music history, theory, education, research skills, recording technology, production, business relations and online brand management, taking your guitar skills to the highest level.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE

This unique degree program combines contemporary music performance training with the rigorous study of traditional disciplines including sight-reading, music history, arranging, conducting, recording and more. The comprehensive program instructs students to demonstrate stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence in preparation for careers in today’s music industry.

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE

The intensive A.A. curriculum prepares musicians to perform in any professional situation, along with learning professional development skills such as basic computer use, EPK creation, resume and bio writing, and social media as a tool for business and networking. The Associate of Arts Degree is intended to equip students with the knowledge and training needed to become professional performers in today’s music industry.

CERTIFICATE OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE

Students can earn a Certificate in MI’s Performance Studies program for Guitar. With an innovative 360-degree approach to music education, MI Certificates are centered on Harmony, Theory and Ear Training, with core subjects in Reading, Technique and Performance. This Certificate program provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge and practical experience, encouraging the rapid development of skills in preparation for a range of professional music performance situations.

CAREERS

In addition to the many general music-related classes and electives offered at MI, the Guitar Program provides grads with the essential knowledge and skills that lead to such options as:

PERFORMER
ACCOMPANIST (STUDIO OR LIVE)
ARRANGER
BAND MEMBER
SONGWRITER
MUSIC DIRECTOR

TRANSCRIBER
COPYIST
MUSIC SUPERVISOR
PRODUCT REP
GUITAR TEACHER

PROGRAM DETAILS

WHAT WILL I LEARN?
  • Trains students in the full spectrum of contemporary guitar skills, with core classes including Guitar Technique, Guitar Performance, Guitar Reading, Harmony/Theory/Ear Training
  • The best guitar music school for guitar offers extensive stylistic and conceptual electives including Funk Guitar, Guitar Effects, Metal Guitar, Recording Guitar, Rock Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Modern Jazz Concepts, Guitar Workout, Melodic Soloing, Country Guitar, Shred Guitar, Advanced Groove Concepts, Blues Guitar and Acoustic Guitar.
  • Develop stage-ready live performing skills in contemporary styles from blues, jazz, and fusion to country, rock, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, reggae, funk, R&B, and hip hop.
  • Weekly one-hour private lessons
COURSE CATALOG

For a detailed look at all of MI’s program offerings, you can find the course catalog here.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: BACHELOR

Bachelor of Music Degree requirements include completion of 30 semester-units or 45 quarter-units of coursework in General Studies. For more info, please see the MI Course Catalog.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: CERTIFICATE

Musicians Institute programs are fast paced and certain fundamental musical skills are required before you can begin your program. If you meet entry requirements and are accepted, a one-on-one performance evaluation and placement testing will be held during registration to determine whether you qualify for advanced placement in any area of course work. You are evaluated based on the content of your submission. For more info, please see the MI Course Catalog.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Musicians Institute offers many opportunities for scholarships in all of our programs. Please visit our Scholarship page for more information.

FINANCIAL AID

Please visit MI’s Financial Aid page for all the details on how you can qualify.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students make up nearly one-fourth of MI’s total student population, representing more than 50 countries throughout the world while creating a unique and diverse learning environment, full of endless opportunities in Hollywood and beyond. For more info, please visit the International Students page.

FACILITIES
  • Full production sound stages and recording studios
  • Fully equipped 24/7 practice facilities and computer labs with the latest industry standard equipment
  • Concert Hall access, with full audio/video recording capabilities
  • Multiple performance and recording studios available for student practice
  • Security on campus 24/7

SUCCESS STORIES

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Our music school for guitar boasts of an outstanding staff of Los Angeles guitarists who bring practical, up-to-date experience directly to the classroom. Regular concerts and clinics with top guitarists from around the world.

SCOTT HENDERSON
CREDITS: TRIBAL TECH, JOE ZAWINUL, CHICK COREA

DEAN BROWN
CREDITS: BILLY COBHAM, BRECKER BROTHERS, MARCUS MILLER

ALLEN HINDS
CREDITS: RANDY CRAWFORD, GINO VANELLI, ROBERTA FLACK

CARL VERHEYEN
CREDITS: SUPERTRAMP

STUDENT CONSUMER DISCLOSURES

BACHELOR PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Music in Performance

Bachelor of Music in Performance With Minor in Music Industry Studies

Bachelor of Music in Performance With Minor in Audio Production

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Certificate in Performance

ASSOCIATE PROGRAMS

Associate of Arts in Performance

Associate of Arts in Performance/Combined Emphasis

PART-TIME PROGRAMS

Associate of Arts in Performance Combined Emphasis

Associate of Arts in Performance

Certificate in Performance