Phone

626 568 8850

CURRICULUM

that inspires

"LACM's thorough guitar program focuses on the fundamentals and real-world skills, preparing our students to leave as working and successful contemporary guitarists."

Molly Miller

Guitar Department Head

      • The Guitar is one of the most popular instruments in history but is also one of the hardest instruments to master.
      • Master a challenging combination of harmony, reading, rhythm playing, soloing, and accompaniment skill, along with access to a wide range of stylistic vocabulary.
      • Our Guitar Performance curriculum emphasizes all of these while still encouraging you to express your unique voice.
      • The centerpiece of your learning regimen is live performance in ensemble workshops virtually every day.
      • Unlike most other guitar programs, you will have access to some of the most eminent professional working guitarists in the world and learn to master both the stage and recording studio.
      • LACM prepares you for the music industry and what goes beyond school.
      • Therefore the course includes a Music Business subject which allows one to learn the fundamentals of business models and more.

Announcing LACM's New Guitar Department Head

Molly Miller

A Los Angeles native, Molly Miller has performed, toured, and recorded with the likes of Jason Mraz, Wynton Marsalis, Ashley Clark, Bushwalla, Kenton Chen (The Sing Off), and Morgan Karr (Spring Awakening). She grew up playing guitar on stage in a band with her four siblings, performing on national television, and winning music awards all around the country. In May she graduated with her Doctorate in Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, where she also received both her Bachelors and Masters in Music.

Guitar Faculty

The network to your future.

Guitar Application Requirements

SCALES

— Play a B minor pentatonic scale, ascending and descending, in any position, using all six strings. Tempo: 8th notes at 60 BPM.

— Play an A major scale, ascending and descending, in any position, using all six strings. Tempo: 8th notes at 60 BPM.

CHORDS&READINGPlay at least one (1)of the following reading examples

— Play Ex. 1 using only first-position (open) chords. Tempo: 76 BPM

— Play Ex. 2 using only barre chords. Tempo: 80 BPM

— Play Ex. 3. Tempo: 72 BPM

RHYTHM GUITAR

— Play a 12-bar blues in the key of G, twice through, with a straight-8th feel. Tempo: 92 BPM.

LEAD GUITAR

— Solo over this 12-bar blues track in the key of A, using minor pentatonic scales and/or blues scales.