California State University, Fullerton

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Guitar study at CSUF offers a variety of opportunities for the developing classical guitar student at both the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Having offered degrees in guitar for over 30 years, CSUF has one of the nation’s most comprehensive programs and has won an international reputation as one of the finest guitar programs today. Many graduates from the CSUF program are now active professional performers and teachers.

Classes in guitar history and literature complement the student’s individual instruction. In addition, the guitar performance workshop and the guitar chamber ensembles provide frequent opportunities for performance, both solo and with groups of various sizes. State-funded lessons are available, as is scholarship assistance in various forms.

The CSUF guitar orchestra and chamber ensembles perform repertoire drawn from the performing literature for multiple guitars, from duets, trios and quartets, to works for full guitar orchestra. The ensemble also travels once each year to perform at various events throughout the Western United States, in addition to regular performances on campus and in the community.

The guitar student’s experience is greatly enriched by a steady stream of noted artists and teachers visiting our campus for master classes and recitals, including an annual visit from Artist in Residence, Alvaro Pierri.

The Classical Guitar Club is one of the most active student organizations on campus, organizing recitals, service activities, and social functions.

The Artist Faculty is dedicated to promoting the growth and progress of each student’s musical expertise. Members of the guitar faculty are established professional performers, scholars and educators, and maintain a high profile in professional activities.

Guitar Faculty

Martha Masters, guitar
Andrew York, guitar

Classical Guitar Curriculum

• Individual Instruction
• Guitar Performance Workshop
• Guitar Orchestras and Guitar Chamber Ensembles
• Guitar History and Literature
• Seminar in Guitar Literature

Degree Programs

The Cal State Fullerton School of Music offers a wide variety of specialized, professional degrees in addition to the traditional liberal arts degree in music. Areas with guitar as principal instrument include:

Bachelor of Music:
Classical Guitar Performance and Composition

Bachelor of Arts in Music:
Liberal Arts, Music Education, Music History & Theory

Master of Music:

Master of Arts in Music:
Music Education and Music History & Theory

Minor in Music


Due to increased interest in the classical guitar program at CSUF, we now require a brief pre-screening video before you'll be invited to schedule an audition. After your application is received indicating your interest in being a classical guitar student, you will receive instructions via email on how to submit the video, which is due no later than Thursday, December 31, 2015. If you apply after the deadline, your video may still be considered, but only on a case-by-case basis.

Videos need only be about 3 minutes long, including just one short piece that shows a fundamental understanding of classical guitar technique and repertoire appropriate to the level of degree for which you are applying. No further guidelines will be given about suitability of repertoire. It is recommended that students work with private instructors to determine what would be most appropriate. Audio alone will not be accepted.

Click here to learn more about the School of Music Admission Information including audition information.

To Learn More

Contact: Martha Masters at
(657) 278-3598

California State University, Fullerton
School of Music
P.O. Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850