The Dalhousie University Music Department has a long history of supporting the guitar. In fact, Dalhousie was one of the first Canadian music departments to accept guitar majors. Established in 1975, the guitar department has produced a number of professional guitarists who have achieved international recognition. The guitar department, one of the largest in Canada, is under the direction of Douglas Reach with the assistance of Scott Macmillan, Jeffrey Torbert and Don Ross.
Currently, the guitar faculty teach over 350 guitar students each year. That might sound like a lot of work, but we have a great time in class and it shows in the popularity of the guitar classes. At registration time, some of the classes fill up in thirty minutes. So, if you want to register for a guitar class at Dal, be at your computer at registration time with your finger on your mouse.
Along with classical guitar, the guitar program also offers opportunities to develop skills in acoustic guitar, jazz and pop/rock idioms using electric guitar. Our philosophy is that the guitar student should develop into the finest musician possible playing the music that she or he is most passionate about. Although all students will get a good grounding in classical and fingerstyle guitar, they will also have plenty of opportunity to explore many other musical worlds.
This site was developed to not only provide information about the Dalhousie University Guitar program but to also act as a resource for aspiring students to find guitar related materials, pick up a few tips and perhaps learn a couple of new tunes. Although the guitar majors are students hoping to become professional guitarists, we also have a number of guitar classes for non-music majors and this site provides materials for them.
So whatever your interest, perhaps becoming a guitar student at Dalhousie or just a keen guitarist, please look around and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us. Also check back regularly as we will continue to add a lot of new material.