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The guitar program at Lawrence is designed to prepare students for the unique challenges of the modern musician. Our rigorous program focuses on technique, musicianship, harmony, pedagogy and repertoire.

Although everyone in the studio plays classical guitar, many other interests emerge as well.  Students have been interested in a range of musical styles from early music to Rock, from Flamenco to Arabic music. Many are involved in the Jazz program. Students may play with combos and take lessons with our Jazz guitar instructor, Steve Peplin.

Performing ensembles are flexible, allowing for practically any combination. Ensembles may be formed with other guitarists, but students are encouraged to form ensembles with non-guitarists as well.  Performance majors must also take Fret-board Harmony, Guitar Pedagogy and Guitar History.

This diversity of passions makes for a rich program.  It is vital for musicians to have many skills and interests to make themselves marketable.  Recent graduates have gone on to study and develop careers in performance, instrument making, musicology, music arranging, composition and teaching.

Student Ilan Blanck playing the guitar


Guitar students playing with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra

Student Sam Genualdi playing guitar