Guitar

Guitar

The Music Department offers students the opportunity to study with gifted, nationally and internationally recognized faculty while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate music degrees.

Undergraduate students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music or a Bachelor of Music Degree. Students choosing a career path in the Bachelor of Music Degree may specialize in one or more areas of emphasis: music composition, music education, music performance, music theory, or the Bachelor of Music Degree with elective studies in business.

Master of Music students can pursue emphases in composition, instrumental conducting, instrumental performance, music education, music history, or theory.

Graduate students who have completed an MA Degree or its equivalent have the opportunity to further develop their musical skills in a performance-intensive program culminating in a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Performance.

Faculty

Undergraduate Auditions

The gateway to pursuing a music degree is through auditioning for and being accepted into an applied faculty member’s private studio.

Guitar students will choose to focus primarily on either a classical or jazz genre in their studies.

Those looking to focus classical guitar will be expected to perform two pieces of music in their audition: one by Carcassi, Sor, Bach or Tarrega and a second of their choosing.

Those looking to focus on jazz guitar will be asked to play various chords and scales in multiple keys including Major 7th, minor 7th,  dominant 7th seventh chords, the major scale and the melodic minor scale. They will be expected to perform either the Charlie Parker blues "Perhaps" or "Billies Bounce" from memory and improvise over blues chord progressions. Students should prepare a list of five jazz standards they are able to play and improvise on, to be performed with either a backing track (student provided) or house rhythm section.

All auditions will include sight reading and ear training.

Because of limited space, each professor may only be able to accept a select number of students into their studio each year. Your preparation for the audition is vital to your success.

We look forward to hearing you play for us. Thank you for including us in your musical journey.

Guitar major auditions for the 2017-2018 school year will be held in the Billingsley Music Building on the dates below:

  • December 8, 2017
  • January 26, 2018
  • February 9, 2018
  • March 10, 2018

The steps for applying to become a music major are:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Submit a Music Major Application.
  3. Ask your two references to submit letters of recommendation to Undergraduate Music Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music.uark.edu with the subject line “Music Undergraduate Admissions”.
  4. Schedule an audition. Please contact Jake Hertzog to schedule your music major audition.

Graduate Auditions for Master of Music Degree or Certificate in Advanced Performance

The choice to pursue musical studies at the graduate level is an important decision in the continuing development of a musician’s skill. We welcome the opportunity to assist you and encourage you to make careful preparation for your audition/interview. This process is vital to your success.

Audition requirements

The MM program for guitar focuses on the core components of performance, composition and pedagogy. Students will play a wide variety of styles while focusing on either a classical or jazz track.

Students auditioning for the classical track should prepare approximately 15 minutes of solo guitar music in contrasting styles, including at least one excerpt from Bach and one from a 20th century composer. Students will present a program list and repertoire list to the audition panel.

Students auditioning for the jazz track should prepare 10 jazz standards from which the panel will select several to be performed either with a house rhythm section (depending on availability) or student provided backing track. Please make sure to bring a backing track for each selection.

All guitar auditions will include sight reading and ear training. 

Students living further than 300 miles away from Fayetteville may submit a DVD with all of the materials listed below. All requested audition materials should be labeled with the candidate’s name, major instrument, and MM emphasis to be pursued. Materials should be mailed to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions.”

The steps for applying are as follows:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Ask three individuals to submit their letters of recommendation to Music Graduate Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.
  3. Schedule an audition with Jake Hertzog.

Students wishing to apply for a Music Department Teaching Assistantship must complete a “Graduate School Application for Graduate Assistantship” and submit it to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.