The MCM guitar area is rapidly building an international reputation. Dr Ken Murray and Tonié Field cultivate a supportive, motivating and all-embracing outlook to learning the guitar while providing an environment to explore and deepen your love and appreciation of music.

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At the MCM guitarists are able to focus on solo performance and ensemble experiences with other guitarists. Through the work of scholars and performers, the MCM has developed a strong international profile in Spanish and Latin American music research and guitar studies. South American music has emerged as key area of expertise with many guitar students researching and playing music led by internationalist guests and renowned Australian practitioners.

There are frequent visiting artists and a regular concert series of local and international guests. Recent guest teachers have included Paulo Aragão (Brazil), Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Jeremy Alsop and Gerald Mapstone.

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Guitar specialisations

Research areas of specialisation include South American guitar histories (Dr Melanie Plesch), Spanish and contemporary guitar practice (Dr Ken Murray and Dr Michael Christoforidis) and Brazilian guitar performance (Doug de Vries and Adam May).

Specialization in either classical or contemporary guitar, including Brazilian, is available and crossover studies are encouraged. In addition, opportunities are supported by an array of early music instruments and specialists.

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Study Contemporary Guitar

Guitar at the MCM has a unique focus on the guitar and its place as a solo instrument in contemporary music. Many students who study contemporary guitar also to study composition, music therapy, musicology or music education. Crossover between classical and contemporary styles is encouraged through subjects such as minor practical study, chamber music and ensemble performances.

Contemporary guitar students learn a range of contemporary guitar styles and repertoires. The emphasis is on the mastery of pieces from a wide range of styles and building up a repertoire of contemporary guitar music. Styles focused on include flamenco, Brazilian, Celtic, acoustic finger style, gypsy swing and African guitar music. Contemporary guitar teachers include Doug de Vries, Dr Ken Murray, James Sherlock and Adam May.

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