Guitar Department Chair

  • Mike Kennedy

Guitar Department Faculty

Playing Opportunities: The School of Music offers more than 50 different large and small music ensembles, more than 35 of which have guitar in their instrumentation. These include three big bands, a 10-piece fusion ensemble, 15 small jazz groups performing traditional and contemporary jazz (from Miles Davis and Charles Mingus to the Yellowjackets and the Brecker Brothers), a Rock Ensemble, Country Music Ensemble, Guitar and Vocal Duo Ensemble, Wes Montgomery Ensemble, Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, World Music Ensemble, a Musical Theater Ensemble, Inter-disciplinary Ensemble, Chorus, Jazz Singers and Chamber Singers. The Guitar department also provides students the opportunity to present their own ensembles in a concert performance setting.

Location: The University of the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia on the "Avenue of the Arts," next door to both the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. There are 19 professional concert halls, jazz clubs, music clubs and theaters all within four blocks of school that present more than 80 professional concerts, recitals and music performances each week.

Equipment: The Guitar department is equipped with Fender guitar amplifiers. Guitar accessories, such as strings and picks can be purchased on campus at the UArts School Store.

Teaching Materials: At the beginning of every school year, each Guitar major receives study materials that have been created by our faculty. These cover all requirements for each year of study.

Program/Curriculum: Students take weekly one-hour private lessons with Guitar faculty. Students are encouraged to pursue any musical interests they may have while maintaining a high level of focus in the curriculum. Our Guitar faculty is well-versed in a variety of guitar styles and encourages students to explore a wide range of creative possibilities.

Guest Artists/Clinicians: The following is a partial list of the guitarists that have given clinics and performances at UArts: Pat Martino, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, Corey Christiansen, Jonathan Kreisberg, Mike Moreno, Jimmy Bruno, Vic Juris, Rez Abbasi, Brad Shepik, Joe Federico, Dave Stryker, Gene Bertoncini, Jackie King, Wayne Krantz, Dave Manley, Erik Sayles, Craig Ebner, Ben O'Neill.