Adult group instruction at The Hartt School Community Division
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Adult group instruction

Group Guitar for Adults

This 10-week course will teach you the basics of finger-style classical guitar technique and note reading. The techniques learned will be used in the context of classical guitar but can be applied to other styles of music including finger-style, folk, blues, jazz, and other popular styles. At the end of the course students will be able to play simple and familiar melodies and accompaniment patterns as well as a simple classical guitar solo. You will also be introduced notable classical guitar repertoire and performers. Potential students for this course would include those who have little or no experience with guitar playing.  It could also include those who have played some guitar before but with no experience in reading music and/or finger style technique.

Course Goals

  • Establish sitting and holding guitar position with footstool
  • Alternating rest strokes with index and middle fingers on right hand
  • Establish good left hand position
  • Introduction to musical notation
  • Reading of notes in the first position on all six strings, including accidentals
  • Learn and memorize basic chord shapes
  • Pluck chords with free strokes
  • Basic arpeggio patterns for the right hand


There are currently no scheduled sessions of Group Guitar. Please check back for updates.


Guitar Group Class Level 1 for Young Adults and Adults is $240 per 10-week session ($216 for University of Hartford students, faculty, and employees). Tuition does not include the cost of materials.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or