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.
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 2019 Term Dates
January 31 – April 11
No classes held on March 14 (USC Spring Break)
Guitar 1: Elementary School Students
Thursdays 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Guitar 2: Middle and High School Students
Thursdays 5:45–6:45 p.m.
$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 where he gave his debut performance at Carnegie
Hall. 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-year-long and life-changing adventure during which Christopher
made Seville, Spain his home. During his time abroad he enrolled at the Conservatorio
Superior de Musica Manuel Castillo, studied under the tutelage of Spanish guitarist,
Francisco Bernier, and performed throughout Spain, France and Italy.