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Guitar Overview

The Guitar Program at LVA is certified by the Guitar Foundation of America. GFA-Certified programs have proven compliance with GFA's Certification Standards and represent the GFA's standard of excellence in guitar education in the United States. LVA serves as a model for programs around the country.  Students study repertoire and methods that elevate their performance abilities and confidence as a musician.  Results lead to student success in local and national guitar competitions as well as music scholarship awards.  

Program Curriculum 

Each guitar course is designed to assist students in playing the guitar.  Students receive guidance and direction in solving problems related to playing the guitar on all levels and will learn many of the different styles, skills, and techniques required to become a successful musician.  Areas of concentration include correct posture, note-reading, aural skills, rhythmic patterns, chord study, finger-picking styles, melody construction, musical forms, and performing experiences.  Each course fulfills the National Association for Music Educators National Standards, which have been adopted by the State of Nevada.  

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Program Outcome 

Courses at LVA are designed to prepare students for the rigor of the most competitive Guitar Programs in the nation.  The LVA guitar program seeks to tap into each student's potential and help them unlock their unique voice.  We want to prepare student for a variety of musical opportunities after their time at LVA.

Program Accolades 

The LVA Guitar Program consistently produces students who receive full scholarships, win local as well as national guitar competitions, and successfully audition into high-level guitar performance ensembles. Recently, students have been awarded scholarships to the University of Las Vegas Nevada (UNLV), University of Southern California (USC), and The University of Memphis. In 2020-2021, Approximately 26 out of 40 students auditioned and were accepted into the inaugural Nevada All-State Guitar Ensemble.  Students have won awards in Best in Southern Nevada, University of Texas-Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and the South Bay Guitar Festival. Over the past three years, students auditioned and were accepted into the All-National guitar ensemble.  The Guitar Program at LVA is certified by the Guitar Foundation of America and serves as a model for programs around the country. 

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