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School of Music

Guitar Studio

The Southern Miss Guitar Studio is one of the leading guitar programs in the region. Nationally-recognized concert artist and educator Nicholas Ciraldo, D.M.A. recruits and trains talented students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at various prestigious music programs across the country, received top scores in performance competitions, and found meaningful employment in music.

A focus of the studio is developing the “whole guitarist” – someone with solid technique, well-trained musicianship, keen sight-reading ability, excellent aural skills, practical foundations in teaching, well-versed knowledge of the major repertoire, and realistic perspectives on the field. Dr. Ciraldo also provides a positive approach to competition, collegiality, professionalism, and performance confidence. 

Southern Miss offers the following degrees that allow the guitar as a concentration:

  • Bachelor of Music in String Performance 
  • Bachelor of Music in Education 
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies 
  • Master of Music in String Performance 
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in String Performance and Pedagogy

Performance Opportunities

Performance opportunities are available in the weekly “Recital Class,” the end-of-semester “Guitar Gala” and “Chamber Music Recital I and II,” and throughout the year with the USM Guitar Society. Performances for guest artists occur every semester. Attaining as much performance experience as possible before graduation is a high priority, and so the guitar studio helps students procure off-campus recitals, travel to competitions and festivals, and more.

Additional Information

Guitar scholarships are available and can be stacked with other scholarships from Music and/or the Office of Admissions. Some scholarships require a December 1st application deadline.

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115 Mannoni Performing Arts Center

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