The Guilford College Music Department combines a strong liberal arts education with high standards for professional skills and musicality. Small classes and individualized instruction create a nurturing yet challenging environment conducive to active learning and group participation.
Repertory classes, ensemble performances, recitals, opera scenes, master classes, and competitions prepare Guilford College Music majors for the application of their disciplines. Through music history courses, students are inspired and challenged to think about the role of music in the world.
The department hosts concerts, weekly repertoire classes, monthly Midday Musicales, and junior and senior recitals. Private lessons, class piano, class voice, ensembles and general music classes are also open to the non-major.
The Recording Track is also helping students find success. Students pursuing the Recording Track work with Guilford Technical Community College's renowned faculty and take classes in cutting-edge facilities, where they learn skills in recording, mixing, and editing in both live and studio sessions. The Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology’s $9 million facilities include a 66,000-square-foot space with five state-of-the-art recording studios and an outdoor amphitheater.
The department also provides cultural enrichment for the College and the wider community through various performances throughout the year.
- The College Choir (50 singers) performs several times a year.
- Lumina Treble Ensemble (20 singers) explores the extensive body of literature written for women or boys’ voices and sheds light on the depth and beauty of this repertoire.
- The Jazz Combos study and perform jazz style and improvisation in a small ensemble setting.
- The Jazz Ensemble is a concert jazz band that performs standard and contemporary big-band repertoire.
- The Guitar Ensemble studies and performs classical and contemporary repertoire and is open to all classical guitarists.
Other group performance opportunities include the string ensemble and musicals in collaborations between the Theatre and Music departments.
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For more information about courses for the Music Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.
Majors and Minors
"Because of my time at Guilford, I am going to my first choice grad school (UNCSA). I’ve already been teaching guitar for three years, and I’ve gained a lot of valuable experience performing at various gigs that I have gotten through Guilford."
- Bachelor of Art: The bachelor of arts in Music provides a well-rounded education featuring music theory and music history courses, private lesson credits, and performance courses for a total of 41 to 43 credit hours. The minor allows non-majors to explore music in academic settings and performance for a total of 16 credit hours.
- The Recording Track is also part of the B.A. program.
- Bachelor of Music: The bachelor of Music also offers a well-rounded education with a focus on becoming professional musicians through additional private lesson credits and performance-related courses. The total number of credit hours is 56 to 60.
- Music Minor: The minor in Music allows non-majors to explore music in academic settings and performance for a total of 16 credit hours.
Music Department News and Events
Sound AdviceSound Advice
Phillip Williams '20 comes for football, stays for Music, and finds professional success after choosing the College's Recording Track.
Meet the Professor: Kami Rowan [VIDEO]Meet the Professor: Kami Rowan [VIDEO]
A love for teaching classical guitar — and the WQFS radio station.
All That JazzAll That Jazz
Matt Reid ’16, accomplished jazz pianist and adjunct professor at Guilford, talks all things music and specifically how he discovered his future career in the Music Department.
We Are Guilford - Alex Wilson '02 [VIDEO]We Are Guilford - Alex Wilson '02 [VIDEO]
Meet Guilford alum Alex Wilson '02, owner and operator of R Alex Wilson Fine Violins, LLC, his family-owned violin shop. Based out of Salt Lake City, Utah,…
Recording Track Students Finding SuccessRecording Track Students Finding Success
In collaboration with Guilford Technical Community College, Guilford students can receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis on Recording.
We Are Guilford - Jesse Freedman '10 [VIDEO]We Are Guilford - Jesse Freedman '10 [VIDEO]
Meet Music and Philosophy double major Jesse Freedman '10. He's finishing his PhD at UC Riverside in Ethnomusicology and recently received a Fulbright…
A Symphony of StudiesA Symphony of Studies
Triple major Noah Dabney ’23 has found strength in diversification. A gifted guitarist and cellist from Radford, Va., Noah was studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio when he had a change of heart.
Why Guilford? Tucker Gamble '22 [VIDEO]Why Guilford? Tucker Gamble '22 [VIDEO]
Meet Tucker Gamble '22, a double major in Music and Education Studies. In this video, Tucker, an Honors student, talks about the organizations he's involved in…
Building HarmonyBuilding Harmony
Professor Drew Hayes’ Music Theory classes do more than teach students fundamental music principles, they create a community of learning that’s central to Guilford’s values.
Class of 2021: Moe Reh [VIDEO]Class of 2021: Moe Reh [VIDEO]
Produced and Directed by Deon McFarland '24Meet Guilford College senior Moe Reh '21! A double major in Music and Education Studies, Moe will attend the…
Jazz IngenuityJazz Ingenuity
Music major Benjamin Matlack ’15 is living his dream in New Orleans. Find out how Guilford helped him get there.
Quaking Things Up: Brandon Walker '23 [VIDEO]Quaking Things Up: Brandon Walker '23 [VIDEO]
Music major Brandon Walker ’23 recently took place at the Southern Guitar Festival. Congratulations! Watch this video to learn more about his prize, his…
Drew HaysDrew Hays
Associate Professor of Music
Wendy LookerWendy Looker
Professor of Music
Kami RowanKami Rowan
Charles A. Dana Professor of Music
Additional Music Department Contacts
- Julio Jeri - Trumpet
- Chris Hayes - Trombone and Low Brass
- Kami Rowan - Classical Guitar and Guitar Ensemble
- Logan Butler - Jazz/Electric Guitar
- Grace Ludtke
- Drew Hays - Saxophone and Jazz Ensembles
- Julio Jeri - Trumpet
- Chris Hayes - Trombone
- Logan Butler - Jazz/Electric guitar
- Matt Reid - Jazz Piano
- Aaron Gross - Upright/Electric Bass
- Wiley Sykes - Drumset
- Wiley Sykes - Percussion and Drumset
- Atiba Rorie - African Percussion
- Anja Arko - Piano
- Norris Norwood - Staff Accompanist
- Chris Rachal
Rock and Popular Music
- Parke Puterbaugh
- Naiara Sanchez - Violin and String Ensemble
- Peter Swanson - Cello
- Aaron Gross - Upright Bass
- Wendy Looker - Choral Activities
- Jim Bumgardner - Voice
- Drew Hays - Saxophone
- Abby Simoneau - Flute
- Carmen Eby - Clarinet