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All students planning to major in guitar in the Bachelor of Music program are required to audition just prior to the beginning of classes. Transfer students from other colleges and universities will audition at the same time. The auditions will determine the admission of students to the performance program and whether they will be allowed to transfer credits in guitar performance from other universities and colleges.

In general, the entrance level corresponds to the Toronto or Western Board Grade X, and there must also be the probability of significant development during the years of study at the University. The possession of a diploma is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Students accepted as first-year guitar majors will be expected to attain annual levels corresponding approximately to those given below. The works cited are given as guides to the levels of technical and musical achievement to be attained and do not indicate specific repertoire requirements.

Entrance auditions and term examinations will include sight reading and quick study in addition to the performance of prepared repertoire. Third-year students will be required to study French and Italian lute tablature systems (in their private lessons). Fourth-year students will be expected to transcribe a work from the repertoire of another instrument (e.g., piano, violin).

  1. End of First Year. Études (Villa-Lobos: No. 1, Mignone: No. 10); Dowland: Lacrimae Pavan; Weiss: Fantasia; Sor: Fantasia Op. 7; Berkeley: Theme and Variations.
  2. End of Second Year. Études (Villa-Lobos: No. 6, Sor: [Segovia] No. 12); Dowland: Fantasia; Bach: Third Lute Suite; Somers: Sonata; Torroba: Suite Castellana.
  3. End of Third Year. Études (Villa-Lobos: No. 2, Dodgson: [Quine] No. 20); Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro; Sor: Sonata Op. 22; Walton: Bagatelles; Concertos (e.g., Castelnuovo-Tedesco); vocal and instrumental accompaniments; chamber works. Third-year recital.
  4. End of Fourth Year. Études (Villa-Lobos: No. 10, Mignone: No. 3); Bach: Fourth Lute Suite; Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Sonata; Britten: Nocturnal; Bolcom: Seasons; Concerto (e.g., Rodrigo: Aranjuez); vocal and instrumental accompaniments; chamber works. Fourth-year recital.

Program requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Guitar include:
Core B.Mus. Requirements in Music History, Musicianship, Music Theory, and Music Technology (34 credits)
For specific requirements, see Bachelor of Music, Degree Requirements.
Music Performance (28 credits)
MUSC 193 6
MUSC 293 6
MUSC 394 8
MUSC 494 8
Secondary Performance (4 credits)
MUSC 141 or 171A 2
MUSC 241 or 271A 2
Secondary-level lessons in piano, if needed; see Minimum Achievements in Piano.
Ensembles (14-16 credits)
Large ensemble1 3-4
Large ensemble1 3-4
Small ensembles2 4
MUSC 1602 2
MUSC 1602 2
1 Students may elect any one of MUSC 150, 153, or 154, with the permission of the School.
2 It is often desirable that students take the guitar ensemble section of MUSC 160 in each of their first and second years, and that they either continue with the ensemble or elect one of the following courses in each of their third and fourth years: MUSC 156, MUSC 163, MUSC 165. Should appropriate small ensemble courses not be available in any given year, the required credits will be waived and the music elective requirement increased correspondingly.
Additional Requirements
MUSC 363 4
Music Electives
Music electives 12
Other Course Requirements
Writing Requirement (WRDS 150 or ENGL 100) 3
Literature Requirement 3
Non-music electives 21

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