Guitar at YSM
The guitar program offers instruction in a variety of areas, with guitarists taking lessons, participating in a weekly studio seminar, working with guest artists, and performing solo and ensemble repertoire. The weekly guitar seminar includes performances of newly learned solo and chamber music, as well as lectures on such topics as interpretation, arranging, technique, pedagogy, master-class teaching, programming, performing, sight reading, competitions, recording, and career development. Each semester, students work in a duo or chamber music group and perform their chamber music piece in concert. Repertoire is decided by the students and Prof. Benjamin Verdery.
Each year, students are required to write an étude and an arrangement, and to present a lecture. Each semester features a master class with a guest artist. Before graduating, all guitar students must perform a 20-minute outreach concert in the New Haven Public Schools.
Degrees + Programs
Master of Music
The two-year master of music (M.M.) degree program is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any major.
Master of Musical Arts
The performance-oriented master of musical arts (M.M.A.) program is designed for students who want to further their education beyond an M.M. degree.
Doctor of Musical Arts
The intensive doctor of musical arts (D.M.A) program is comprised of a two-year residency followed by a three-year period in which candidates launch their professional careers.
The highly selective artist diploma (A.D.) program is designed for young artists who demonstrate potential for a major concert career.
Certificate in Performance
The three-year certificate in performance program is designed for performers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree but want to study at the highest level.
The bachelor of arts/master of music (B.A./M.M) program is designed for young instrumentalists also interested in pursuing a liberal arts education.