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Guitar

The Guitar Department focuses on teaching technical proficiency to independent learners. Through a sequential curriculum, students learn to express themselves musically and acquire the skills to successfully participate in ensemble playing. Students enroll in both a weekly private lesson and a weekly ensemble, either Guitar Ensemble or Guitar Orchestra. Advanced students have the opportunity to participate in PCM’s touring group, the Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra, while adult students seeking an opportunity to practice and perform with peer musicians in an ensemble setting may join our Adult Guitar Orchestra.

Ensemble Program

The ensemble program supplements individual lessons. All students are required to enroll in a minimum of two years of Guitar Ensemble (Suzuki Group Classes or Orchestra). Classes cover activities in reading, solo performance and ensemble playing. Classes meet once per week and are divided into various skill levels. Students are placed in ensembles by their teacher or through audition. All students in the program must enroll for the entire school year while also studying guitar privately. Ensembles perform in recitals three times per year.

Our Programs

We offer private lessons as well as group and ensemble classes.

Students will rehearse together once a week, reinforcing tone development, technique, and repertoire that has been learned in their private lesson. Additionally, students develop rhythmic and musicianship skills.

Established in 2013, LAYGO is composed of the school’s top guitar students and led by faculty member Felix Bullock. The touring ensemble gives emerging musicians the opportunity to practice and perform with peers at home and around the world. Participation is based on teacher recommendation. To participate, students must be at Suzuki or Royal Conservatory of Music books level 5 or higher.

Visit the Fees page for more information about tuition and registration fees.