The GCC Guitar Program prepares students to pursue a baccalaureate degree, become a private instructor or performer, or just advance musical skill for personal pleasure. We offer Class Guitar, Guitar Ensemble, Studio Class, Fretboard Harmony, and Private Instruction courses.
We strongly encourage students who wish to transfer courses to a university music program to meet with the Guitar Program Director before enrolling in any classes.
Since 2000, GCC guitar students have consistently take top honors in the Maricopa Community College music competitions, for both solo guitar and chamber music. They've participated in masterclasses and workshops with the Grand Canyon Guitar Society, and have been accepted to the nation's top universities and conservatories including Peabody Conservatory, University of Texas Austin, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, University of New Mexico, Eastman School of Music, and Berkley College of Music.
Guest Artists in Residence
The Guitar Program regularly hosts accomplished, international performing artists and educators. Past guest guitarists include David Russell, Scott Tenant, Andrew York, Celso Machado, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant, Nikita Koshkin, John W. Duarte, Adam del Monte, John Jorgenson, Gonzalo Bergara, Michael Chapdelaine, Joe Lopiccolo, Vahagn Turgutyan, Daniel Ward, Chris Burton Jacome, Michael Nigro, Chanson du Soir, Bekkers-Ku Duo, David Burgess, Martha Masters and Risa Carslon, Finn Svit and Jochen Brusch, Mesut Ozgen, Michael Partington, Randall Avers, Dale Kavanagh, Marcelo Coronel, Maximo Diego Pujol, Irina Kulikova, Cem Duroz, Craig Yarbrough, Quaternasglia, San Francisco Guitar Quartet, Santa Fe Guitar Quartet, Brazil Guitar Quartet, and David Leisner, as well as the three Arizona university professors: Frank Koonce (ASU), Tom Patterson (UofA) and Tom Sheely (NAU).