About the Guitar Program

The Guitar Program at the Orange County School of the Arts offers 7th through 12th grade students training in classical, jazz/contemporary, and flamenco guitar. The program is currently in its ninth season and is one of the only programs in the nation to offer instruction in multiple guitar styles, including classical, flamenco, jazz, pop, rock, and Latin. Guitar students learn to build a thorough understanding of guitar technique, history, repertoire, and performance practice across multiple styles in order to best prepare themselves for collegiate and professional musical careers. This program is perfect for students who have a desire to advance their skills not only as guitarists, but as complete musicians.

Student Experience

In the Guitar Program, students are immersed in a challenging environment, in which they study the physical, musical, literary, and historical aspects of the guitar across multiple styles. Students receive a holistic education in classical, jazz/contemporary, and flamenco guitar between 7th and 10th grades, before selecting one of these three styles as their specialization, or “track,” for their 11th and 12th grade years.

Students are placed in classes determined by grade and skill level. Participating in both small and large ensembles, students receive in-depth training from nationally acclaimed instructors and performers. Students are exposed to renowned guest artists, university faculty, and industry leaders, who visit the school’s campus to share their expertise and creativity through residencies, master classes, lectures, performances, presentations, and hands-on training. The program offers a number of unique and exciting performance opportunities, where students have the chance to demonstrate the artistic skills and talents they have gained throughout their time with OCSA.

  • “The guitar program has helped me grow a lot as a guitar player and composer. I have expanded my knowledge of music and been exposed to songs of all times from around the world. The teachers are caring, and the community we form in class is strong and tight."
    Gabrielle Gillen - Class of 2019

Preparing Students for the Future

The Guitar Program faculty focuses on preparing students for the realities of life and work, as both a professional and academic musician. Upon graduation, students will be prepared with the musical literacy, historical understanding, and physical and technical know-how to attend a four-year university or arts conservatory program, or to begin a career in the music industry.  

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