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Community Music School beginners guitar students

Beginner's Guitar Course

Students ages 6 to 18 learn to perform solo, duet and ensemble pieces in a group setting. Instructors choose the required materials to promote the best learning environment.

Beginner's Guitar Class is a 10-week course designed for the beginner looking to learn the basics of music notation, chords, picking and strumming technique. Students learn to perform solo, duet and ensemble pieces in a group setting. Instructors choose the required materials to promote the best learning environment. All ages are welcome. Adult classes are sometimes offered if there is sufficient interest.

Classes meet every Tuesday at the USC School of Music building (room 108). A concert takes place on the last day of the course, giving students an opportunity to perform and share what they learned with their peers and guests.

After completing the beginner’s course, students have an opportunity to continue their education by applying to another session of the class offered in the spring term or by applying for private lessons (recommended).

Spring 2017 Dates

Registration deadline: January 16, 2017

Tuesdays, January 24–April 24 (no class March 7)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
School of Music, room 107

Cost

$175 plus a classroom material fee of $5. There is a no-make-up policy for this course. If you miss a class you will not receive extra time or a refund for the missed class. A minimum enrollment of 4 students is required for the course, and full refunds are made if this is not met.

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Requirements

Students must provide their own instrument beginning the first day of class – an acoustic guitar with nylon or steel strings or an electric guitar with an amplifier. An acoustic guitar with nylon strings is recommended for beginners. Carolina Music Studios Policies


For more information, email Carolina Music Studios or call 803-777-5381.


Community Guitar Faculty:

Christopher Schoelen

Christopher Schoelen

 Christopher Schoelen is an internationally known and award winning classical guitarist currently pursuing a D.M.A. degree in classical guitar performance from the University of South Carolina. He is a recent graduate with a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with the world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk. Christopher has performed throughout New England, given master classes for the 2016 Boston Guitar Fest and private students, and won numerous awards including New York's American Protégé competition. With the guidance of maestro Fisk, Christopher recorded and produced his debut album titled “Anima - The Music of Spain and Italy” for guitar. This project pays tribute to a three-yearlong and life-changing adventure during which Christopher made Seville, Spain his home. He enrolled at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel Castillo, continued his studies under the tutelage of Spanish guitarist, Francisco Bernier, and performed throughout Spain, France and Italy.