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, guitar pedagogy, guitar literature and guitar fingerboard skills 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 orchestras 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 “Fullerton Guitar Orchestra” presents several concerts each semester, both on and off campus, and makes a concert tour each spring. In the summer of 2001, the Orchestra’s first international trip was an enormously successful three-week concert tour in Greece.

The guitar student’s experience is greatly enriched by our “Guitarists of the World” series, which brings many noted artists and teachers to our campus for master classes and recitals.

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 Fingerboard Skills
• Guitar History and Literature
• Guitar Pedagogy
• 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


All students wishing to study classical guitar at Cal State Fullerton must audition.

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