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Performance Guitar

SIU Performance Guitar

If your passion and talent is focused on guitar performance, we offer both a BM and MM in this concentration. You will receive intensive training in concentrated individual study as well as taking part in required ensemble performances throughout the academic year.

Our faculty members are attentive to each musician's needs as individual artists and with their respective experience and prestigious backgrounds, instructors will provide mentorship along with technical training.

Bachelor of Music (Performance: Guitar)

The undergraduate major can be accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree.

  • Total Degree Requirements: 120 credit hours
  • University Core Curriculum: 39 credit hours
  • Theory: 16 credit hours
  • History-Literature: (3) + 5 credit hours
  • Conducting: 1 credit hours
  • Partial Recital: 1 credit hours
  • Specialization Requirements: 56 credit hours

Compass IconCheck out the B.M. Curricular Guide, which helps you outline what courses you would want to take each semester for all four years. View all related undergraduate courses.

Master of Music (Performance Guitar)

The graduate major can be accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Master of Music (M.M.) degree.

  • Total Degree Requirements: 36 credit hours
  • Music Bibliography and Research: 3 credit hours
  • Analytic Techniques A or B: 2 credit hours
  • Applied Music-Guitar: 1-3 credit hours
  • Research Paper: 1 credit hour
  • Graduate Recital: 3 credit hours
  • Ensemble-Guitar Ensemble: 1 credit hour
  • Chamber Music: 1,1 credit hour
  • General Music Courses: 6 credit hours
  • Applied Music Pedagogy: 3 credit hours
  • Approved Graduate Music Electives: 8 credit hours

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The Bachelor of Music music education program results in a professional degree that prepares students for licensure to teach music in public schools within the State of Illinois. Earning a BM in music education qualifies graduates to teach both vocal and instrumental music in grades K-12. With the help of our advisors, you will be guided throughout all four years of study to achieve your dreams of teaching music.

You can easily move on to receive an advanced degree in music education with our Master of Music program. Intended for students who hold a B.M. in music education and current music teachers who wish to obtain higher professional credentials, the M.M. music education program also prepares students who are on the path to pursuing doctoral studies in music, education or music education. At SIU, we encourage critical thinking in the study of music teaching methods along with extensive performance training.

SIU Performance Guitar


Music majors are required to participate in major musical ensembles throughout the academic year, such as SIU's Concert Choir, Marching Salukis, Southern Illinois Symphony or Wind Ensemble. Additionally, The Outside the Box music festival is produced each year, providing opportunities for composition students to attend master classes, seminars, workshops and to perform in the Emerging Composers recital during the event.

Visit the School of Music for a full list of participation opportunities.


The SIU School of Music has more than 30 scholarships available. A large variety of criteria exist for these awards and are listed below outlining the eligibility requirements.

Admissions and Auditions

To apply to the SIU music program, prospective students are required to submit both a University application as well as a School of Music application. In addition to these applications, you will be required to complete an in-person audition at Altgeld Hall on campus, or a live online audition if traveling is not possible. Our undergraduate and graduate Admissions and Auditions pages will give you all of the details necessary to begin early preparation for your applications and an audition for each specific instrument.


At SIU, rehearsals and performances take place in the oldest currently occupied building on campus, Altgeld Hall. With state of the art spaces for choral performers and musicians of every kind, this majestic building is a second home to many students of the music program and a place to enhance their experience as a burgeoning artist.

SIU Performance Guitar Student playing on campus

Contact Information

Karen Wolf
Academic Advisor
Faner 1229
1100 Lincoln Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901

Jessica Butler
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Altgeld 22
1000 S Normal Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901