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Guitar Studio

At UCF, studios are where you study with your private teacher for lessons and masterclasses on your specific instrument. It is also where music majors form a community with others studying the same instrument in an environment that encourages learning from and performing with each other. All music majors study with our world-renowned UCF faculty members with weekly lessons and studio masterclasses.

The advantages of studying classical guitar with Eladio Scharrón at UCF lies in his knowledge, background and performance experience. Scharrón’s educational background is diverse, having studied in Latin America, Europe and North America, and each influences his teaching. Former teachers include Alberto Ponce (École Normale de Musique, Paris), Ernesto Cordero (University of Puerto Rico), Nicolas Goluses and Paul O’Dette (Eastman School of Music) and is at ease with repertoire from all epochs, from the Spanish Renaissance to music of the 21st century. Scharrón’s degrees include a doctorate from Eastman School of Music and their Performer’s Certificate as well as the two highest deplomas from the École Normale de Musique in Paris, Diplome Superieur de Concertiste, and Diplome Superieur d’Execution.

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Students studying in the guitar studio will cover the highest level of repertoire from all epochs from the Spanish “vihuelistas” to the music of the great masters of the 20th century such as Manuel M. Ponce, Benjamin Britten, Antonio Ruiz-Pipó, Maurice Ohana and André Jolivet. Guitar students will also cover more recent composers like Simone Iannarelli, Roland Dyens, Alberto Rodríguez and Máximo Diego Pujol.

Graduates from the guitar studio will be prepared to succeed at a professional level. Studies begin with basic techniques and knowledge of the instrument, building a foundation for student’s career goals. By the end of their studies, students will have mastered instrumental techniques and have a broad view of the repertoire from the masterworks of guitar. The knowledge and practice of instrumental styles from different historical periods will be required, as well as the study of the history of the guitar.

Guitar students will be guided to expand their musical culture and its place in culture. Guitar artists need to cultivate the sense of freedom by expanding their capability of choice, so it is crucial for students to expand their cultural knowledge.

Each semester, classical guitar students present a concert of solos and guitar ensembles that range from duets to quartets or larger. There are many other performance opportunities on and off campus including past performances with Timucua Arts Foundation and festivals both in Florida and abroad. The Guitar studio also hosts recitals and masterclasses by a diverse array of artists including Johannes Möller, Claudio Marcotulli, Ana Vidović, David Starobin, José Luis Merlin, Arturo Tallini and Terry Pazmiño.

Graduates from the guitar studio have had success with their own private studios, teaching every level from elementary schools to college-level. Several have followed studies in composition, such as Alberto Rodríguez-Ortiz, who has had many commissions with the Puerto Rico Symphony and teaches as the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Another student, Chris Belt, works as a Director of Programming for the Timucua Concert Series in Orlando and is the founder of the Accidental Music Festival.