Guitar at Eastern Kentucky University

Welcome to one of the most diverse guitar programs in the United States. EKU has much to offer the aspiring guitarist. The curriculum focuses on classical and contemporary styles, solo and ensemble performance, guitar history, and guitar pedagogy. Students enjoy numerous performance and recordings opportunities, including guitar ensembles, jazz ensemble and combos, early music chamber groups, musicals, and solo studio and departmental recitals (see videos). Select students gain valuable teaching experience as paid instructors for the Richmond Arts and Cultural Council and F.A.M.E. (The Foster Academy for Musical Excellence). Internationally recognized artists such as Anton Baranov, Marcin Dylla, William Kanengiser, Carlos Perez, and Scott Henderson, visit the campus each year and present concerts and masterclasses. The EKU Guitar Ensemble regularly performs at festivals where they have shared the stage with virtuoso such as William Kanengiser and The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Each year select students also attend NAMM and students pursuing the Music Business/Recording Arts option have the opportunity to work interships with companies such as Sony, Gibson and Yamaha.

The Music Library at EKU features many guitar related items. Students can peruse centuries of guitar music, technical treatises, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, and historical writings. Private lessons focus on interpretation, technique, sight-reading, fretboard visualization, improvisation, the history of the guitar, and culminate in historically informed and musically expressive performances.

The EKU Guitar Program is very forward thinking and embraces contemporary styles of guitar along side established traditional styles and genres that, without doubt, define and formulate the instrument's fundamental core and most essential techniques.  Guitar currently permeates every conceivable musical landscape, including Radio, Television, Cinema, Broadway, Advertising, and the Internet. Fortunately, every genre requires the same important technical fundamentals and musicianship that you will learn while studying at EKU!

Videos of Live Performances 

YOUTUBE performances:
EKU Guitar Ensemble - Tamacun by Rodrigo y Gabriela (performed by Luke Jackson and Kevin Case)
EKU Guitar Ensemble - Quiccan by Andrew York
EKU Guitar Ensemble - Electric Mozart (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)
EKU Guitar Ensemble - Slavonic Dance No.7 by Antonín Dvoƙák
EKU Guitar Ensemble - Introduction & Fandango by Luigi Boccherini 

Dennis Davis - The Grand Solo by Fernando Sor
Dennis Davis - Asturias (Leyenda) by Isaac Albeníz
Dennis Davis - Hand on Heart by Steve Vai 
Dennis Davis - Signe by Eric Clapton