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The Guitar Department at Peabody was the first at a major conservatory in the United States, and the new low-residency master’s program in guitar continues in that pioneering tradition, combining best practices in online education with its long leadership in guitar performance training. Students in this program will study with distinguished faculty artists and benefit from a hybrid format that encourages collaboration across programs.

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In addition, students in this program will have opportunities to:

  • Partner in ensembles to study and perform a wide range of styles from the chamber repertoire.
  • Collaborate with composition students to create new repertoire for guitar under the guidance of the composition and guitar faculty.
  • Work with students and faculty of the Computer Music Department to create new pieces using the full resources of the Computer Music studio for performance during the June semester.
  • Work with world class visiting artists during the June residencies. In recent years, guest artists hosted by the Peabody Conservatory Guitar Department have included such eminent guitarists as Sergio Assad, Scott Tennant, Lorenzo Micheli, David Tanenbaum, Benjamin Verdery, Berta Rojas, Denis Azabajic, and Marcin Dylla.

Audition and TOEFL requirements are the same as those for the traditional residential program.


Students in the low-residency program can expect to take studio lessons with the Conservatory faculty artists listed below. Manuel Barrueco will not be available for private lessons for low-residency students, but will be accessible through master classes and other activities.

Julian Gray

Julian Gray is recognized as one of the outstanding guitarists on the current music scene, performing in recital and as a chamber musician and concerto soloist.

Thomas Viloteau

French guitar phenomenon Thomas Viloteau enjoys shaking things up. His approach to the instrument, its repertoire and its technique, has reshaped the term ‘classical’ guitar, into something new, alive and forward thinking.


The low-residency master’s degree in guitar is a full-time program that will be completed in 13 months. The summer sessions require in-person attendance while the courses in the fall and spring are done through remote learning platforms.

Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Summer 2023
Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits
Summer Lessons 1 3 Lesson 4 Lesson 4 Summer Lessons 2 3
Lesson Extension 1 Gtr Sem: Online Presence 1 Gtr Sem: Guitar Lab 1 Summer Seminar 2
Summer Seminar 2 Graduate Hearing 0 Guitar Pedagogy 2 Recital 2
Ensemble 2 Guitar Pedagogy 2 Guitar Literature 2 Ensemble 2
Building Your Brand 2 Guitar Literature 2 Theory Seminar 3 Pitching Your Creative Idea 2
    Foundations of Music Research 2 Musicology Seminar 3    
    Theory Seminar 3        
Total 10 Total 14 Total 15 Total 11