MUSC 211


Lower Division, First Semester


Scales: Memorization and performance of all major and harmonic minor scale forms. These should be studied in all positions. See Aaron Shearer's Scale Pattern Studies for details.

Arpeggios: A group of arpeggio studies and exercises should be selected for daily practice. These studies should cover both sympathetic and opposed motion. Suggested material will be by Carcassi, Carulli, and Giuliani.

Left Hand: Continuation of exercises from Mastering Guitar Technique in addition to left hand studies dealing with slurs, independence and endurance.

Etudes and additional material will be drawn from the following:

Brouwer, L. Etudes Simples, Vol. 2
Carcassi, M. Op. 60
Sor, F. Op. 31, Op. 35


MUSC 211


Lower Division, Second Semester


Scales: Memorization and performance of all major and melodic minor long scales. (See Lesson 22 of Mastering Guitar Technique.) These are to be performed in eighths, triplets and sixteenths with the quarter note set at 100 bpm.

Arpeggios: More difficult arpeggio studies should be selected for daily practice. Students should be well into the exercises in Giuliani Revisited.

Left Hand: Continuation of exercises from Mastering Guitar Technique, in addition to left hand studies dealing with slurs and independence from A. Shearer’s Slur, Ornament, and Reach Development Exercises.

Etudes selected from:

Carcassi, M. Op. 60
Sor, F. Op. 6


MUSC 211


Lower Division Third Semester


Scales: Continuation of long scale practice. Fluent performance of these is required for admission to Upper Division (120 bpm).

Arpeggios and Left Hand: More advanced etude practice in these areas.

Etudes and other material selected from:

Sor, F. Op. 29
Villa-Lobos, H. Douze Etudes


MUSC 211


Lower Division, Fourth Semester


Although students at this level will continue the study of etudes and exercises presented during the first three semesters, the study of the concert literature for recital will usually begin at this point. (See list below.)

Proficiency Exam


An extended examination will be required of all students before continuing to the Upper Division level of study. This exam will include performance of all scales, left hand exercises, right hand exercises, pieces and etudes, in addition to upper position sight-reading of scale patterns, chords and pieces. All major and melodic minor long scales are to be performed in eighths, triplets and sixteenths with the quarter note set at a minimum of 120 bpm.

Degree Recitals


Undergraduate and graduate degree recitals must be memorized a semester before the date of performance. Students preparing for recital should be able to choose repertoire of an advantageous level of difficulty. The choice of recital material, however, is subject to the approval of the applied teacher. The repertoire listed below has been performed at past degree recitals and is intended as a guide to the level of difficulty, not as required material.