Guitar Performance

Guitar Performance Faculty

Faculty Member Title Contact Biography
Dr. Douglas James
Professor of Guitar
Room 410, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6463

Mission Statement

The Master of Music degree in Performance provides a comprehensive education in music as an expression of artistic talent with a thorough knowledge of pedagogy and applied literature. The degree offers the student performer the opportunity to develop high levels of musicianship and instill a lifelong desire to participate creatively as a dedicated artist, performer, scholar, and teacher.

Admissions Information

General Admission Requirements

Audition Requirements

Applicants should play three works of contrasting styles, preferably from memory and from different historical style periods. Contact Dr. James with any questions concerning the appropriateness of music for the audition. 

To schedule an audition, please contact Dr. James.

Download the audition form, fill out the information on page one, and bring the complete form to your audition.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 or 35 - varies by concentration - see below
Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (8)
  • MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
  • MUS 5170: Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians (3)
  • MUS 5013: History of Musical Style (3)
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend upon concentration (3) 
  • MUS 5600: Analytical Techniques (3)

Performance Concentration (Code: 558G)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 32

  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1=4) 
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (2) 
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Schedule of Course Offerings

Courses offered each Fall Semester:

  • MUS 5170 Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians
  • MUS 5600 Analytical Techniques 

Courses offered each Spring Semester:

  • MUS 5006 Philosophy of Music 
  • MUS 5013 History of Musical Style
  • MUS 5602 Music Theory Pedagogy (Even years only)

Recital Requirements

A recital of approximately 45 minutes of music from diverse style periods will be presented while the student is enrolled in applied guitar study. Literature of difficulty equal to or greater than that of the entrance audition will be selected with approval of the applied instructor. A recital jury will be performed for the faculty two to four weeks in advance of the recital.

Assistantships and Scholarships

View general Assistantship and Scholarship information

Guitar Assistantships

The guitar assistantship includes the following responsibilities: Teaching class guitar, assisting with guitar orchestra rehearsals, Guitarfest in the Spring, and occasionally with fulfilling various needs of the Guitar Program. The award includes an $8,500 stipend per year.