All students at Berklee College of Music enter with a principal instrument. The Guitar Department offers instruction in all styles, including jazz, blues, rock, metal, funk, fingerstyle, classical, world music, microtonal music, and the avant-garde.

Every major requires four semesters of private instruction, labs, and ensembles on this instrument. This fulfills your performance core requirement.

Specific majors, such as performance, professional music, and songwriting, require or encourage additional semesters in private instruction, labs, and ensembles.


Find Your Style

The Berklee Guitar Department allows you to balance the technical with the artistic, all in service of helping you find your voice on the instrument. Shape your artistic path in a department that trained musicians such as Bill Frisell, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Kevin Eubanks, Steve Vai, and Emily Remler, among many others.

Alumni Story

Maddie Rice

Maddie Rice has proven to be a young musician to watch. As a 2014 Berklee College of Music graduate with a burgeoning pop-rock career in electric guitar, she was chosen in 2015 to be part of the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. As a member of Stay Human, Jon Batiste’s band, Rice adds to the group’s unique blend of jazz, funk, and pop.

Meet Your Mentors

Your Department Chair, Kim Perlak

Perlak, who served as assistant chair of guitar for five years, becomes the first woman to chair the department.

Student Spotlight

John Mayer Shares the Stage with Student Songwriters

On a tour stop in Boston with his band, Dead & Company, songwriter and guitar titan John Mayer '98 visited the Berklee Performance Center (BPC) to hear original songs from six Berklee students.

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