The Bowling Green State University Guitar program was started in the Fall of 1984. Each guitar major receives private instruction in both jazz and classical guitar. Since our program is a jazz emphasis program, we focus on guitar "mechanics", improvisation, chord and melody style solos, transcription of jazz solos, and standard jazz repertoire. In addition all guitar students study classical guitar repertoire in their lessons. Some students are experienced at this when they arrive here and others are not.
Most guitar majors also play in the BGSU Jazz Guitar Ensemble and the BGSU Classical Guitar Ensemble. The Jazz Guitar Ensemble has performed at national and state conventions and the Classical Guitar Ensemble has participated in the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival. Recently, we have aquired a number of alto, bass, and contrabass guitars for use in the Classical Guitar Ensemble. Other ensemble offerings include jazz combos, lab band, and all of the traditional ensembles.
The program is known for the outstanding guests artists and clinicians brought to campus. Guests have included jazz guitarists Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Mike Stern, Tal Farlow, Jack Petersen, and Cal Collins and classical guitarists Julian Bream, Christopher Parkening and Alice Artzt.
Each year we anticipate the availability of a graduate assistantship in guitar. Duties for guitar assistantships range from the teaching of non-major guitar classes to coaching of guitar ensembles and private lessons. Decisions regarding assistantships are generally made by the end of March.