Academic Catalogs

Studio Guitar Performer, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_MSGP
Control Number: 22406

A studio guitarist is a complete guitarist and musician who can accurately perform in a variety of musical styles. The courses in this program cover jazz, rock and classical guitar techniques, traditional and commercial music theory and include numerous performance opportunities.

Program Outcomes

  1. Develop repertoire for a recording event.
  2. Develop a professional marketing strategy.
  3. Record a demo CD.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
MUS A141 Piano 1 1
MUS A148 Classical Guitar 1 2
MUS A151 Studio Guitar 1 1.5
MUS A180 Theory 1 3
MUS A181 Musicianship 1 1
 Units8.5
Semester 2
MUS A110 Computers in Music 1 3
MUS A129 Guitar Ensemble 1
MUS A149 Classical Guitar 2 2
MUS A152 Studio Guitar 2 1.5
MUS A187 Sightreading Workshop 2
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
 Units10
Semester 3
MUS A129 Guitar Ensemble 1
MUS A230 Jazz Improvisation 1
MUS A261 Recording Techniques 1 3
MUS A262 Music as a Business 2
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
 Units7.5
 Total Units26

Studio Guitar Performer Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
MUS A144Popular Vocal Techniques1.5
MUS A145Voice 11
MUS A185Theory 23
MUS A186Musicianship 21
MUS A240Sophomore Recital0.5
MUS A248Classical Guitar 32
MUS A271Studio Guitar 31.5
MUS A280Theory 33
MUS A281Musicianship 31