Philosophy

Guitar Studies at Eastman

Eastman’s guitar program is a highly sought-after program made up of 18 majors (BM, MM, DMA) who study with Prof. Nicholas Goluses.  His students have won major awards and competitions throughout the world including Darwin (Australia), Allentown Concerto Competition, Guitar Foundation of America, D’Addario, MTNA, Appalachian, Taxco (Mexico), Rantucci, Rosario, Stotsenburg, Paracho (Mexico), Brock (Canada) World Competition, Philadelphia Guitar Society, Lone Star Competition, Louisville Competition, Memphis Competition, Harvard Foote Prize, Hamilton, Belgium, Fulbright, CAPES (Brazil) and two Grammy Awards. In addition, his students hold numerous professorships throughout the US, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, England, Taiwan, and Germany. Dr. Goluses is in great demand for master classes at leading institutions throughout the world and is a Fulbright Professor.

Courses for Performance majors include:

  • History and Literature of the Guitar
  • Guitar Pedagogy
  • Fretboard Harmony
  • Guitar Chamber Music
  • Seminar in Guitar Studies
  • Weekly studio class

Guest Masterclasses have been given by Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Scott Tennent, William Kanengeiser, Ricardo Cobo, Raphaella Smits, Eliot Fisk, Paul Galbriath, Sharon Isbin, David Tanenbaum, David Starobin, Jeff McFadden, and others.

Numerous Graduate Assistantships are available.

Prof. Goluses writes: “I believe in the development of the whole artist.  This requires a customized approach to teaching for each guitarist.  As a result, each of my students are unique and have a personal approach to artistry and virtuosity, with a signature sound.  My students have won competitions and professorships throughout the world. They have gone on to careers as performing and recording artists, as well as university professors. Each one is an original. It’s been my honor to help them reach the highest levels of virtuosity, as well and the goals they have for their careers.”