The Guitar Program offers students a wide range of opportunities to develop necessary skills on their way to become high-level professional musicians. In addition to weekly private lessons, students participate in the FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra (FIUMGO), perform in regular guitar forums, attend guitar literature class, and work with guest artists in masterclasses.
The guitar forums provide students an opportunity to perform newly learned solo and chamber music. Lectures are also given during this time on various topics, such as technique, interpretation, practice methods, memorization, amplification, recording, competitions, and career planning. The FIUMGO aims to help guitarists develop ensemble skills, improve reading skills, experience working with a conductor, and perform a wide range of repertoire within a large group in the on-campus and off-campus concert venues, including the Miami International GuitART Festival.
The Guitar Literature class is designed as a study of the history and literature for the guitar from the Renaissance to modern times, helping students learn concepts and techniques for transcribing music from French, Italian, and German tablatures into modern notation, historical performance practices, significant guitar composers and their contributions to the art of the instrument, which are studied through books, handouts, recordings, and class discussions.
Students can also perform with other instruments in various chamber music ensembles, the New Music Ensemble, and have an opportunity to study and perform with the Collegium Musicum on replicas of historical instruments, including Renaissance and Baroque lute, theorbo, and viola da gamba, courtesy of the Collegium’s instrument collection, the finest and most extensive in all of South Florida.