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 4 (no class March 7)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
School of Music, room 107
$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.
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 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.