Stacy Arnold is professor of classical guitar studies for the undergraduate Classical Guitar Program at Dallas Baptist University which is dedicated to attracting talented guitar students and providing them with superior training and academic excellence for a successful career as concert performers, artists, and teachers for interested students in Irving, North Branch, Addison, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Grand Prairie, Hutchins, Duncanville, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Hurst, Flowermound, Keller, McKinney, Frisco, Southlake, Rockwall, Rowlett, Denton, Arlington, Mesquite, Pilot Point, Corsicana, Ennis, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Keller, Carrollton, Sunnyvale, Balch Springs, Lancaster, Coppell, Desoto, Sachse, Wilmer, Euless, Plano, Murphy, Seagoville, Cedar Hill, Grapevine, Red Oak, Bedford, Parker, Arlington, The Colony

 

Classical Guitar Program|Dallas Baptist University

 

Pedagogical and Academic Excellence

Undergraduate Degree in Classical Guitar Performance

Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.)

 

 


 

About the Undergraduate Guitar Program

The undergraduate Classical Guitar Program at Dallas Baptist University is dedicated to attracting talented guitar students and providing them with superior training and academic excellence for a successful career as concert performers, artists, and teachers. The Dallas Baptist University Classical Guitar Program is directed by Mr. Stacy Arnold, who is recognized for his artistry as a concert soloist, recording artist, and educator. The classical guitar program at DBU offers students interested in a career in guitar performance the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree (B.M.A.) in guitar performance. The guitar program will provide talented students the necessary credentials to become successful professional concert artists and teachers and to pursue performance studies at the Graduate level. Guitar courses are offered in Applied Guitar, Applied Guitar Elective, Guitar Ensemble, Guitar Literature & Performance Practice, and Class Guitar. For more information about the guitar program, please contact Mr. Arnold by filling out the Contact Form.

 

The undergraduate Classical Guitar Program at Dallas Baptist University offers guitar courses in applied lessons, applied elective lessons, guitar ensemble, and class guitar for interested students in Irving, North Branch, Addison, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Grand Prairie, Hutchins, Duncanville, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Hurst, Flowermound, Keller, McKinney, Frisco, Southlake, Rockwall, Rowlett, Denton, Arlington, Mesquite, Pilot Point, Corsicana, Ennis, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Keller, Carrollton, Sunnyvale, Balch Springs, Lancaster, Coppell, Desoto, Sachse, Wilmer, Euless, Plano, Murphy, Seagoville, Cedar Hill, Grapevine, Red Oak, Bedford, Parker, Arlington, The Colony
 


 

Undergraduate Auditions

Entering undergraduate freshman and transfer performance majors should have at least one year of training in classical guitar studies. They should be familiar with the basic right hand techniques and should be able to read music on the guitar. There is a considerable amount of latitude and flexibility in the choice of audition repertoire. Guitarists should be able to demonstrate a degree of technical ability and musical awareness appropriate to the audition repertoire performed. Audition candidates must prepare two pieces from different style periods such as the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th century. Basic open position major and minor scales and arpeggios are also required for audition. If a student has studied more advanced scales, such as two or three-octave scales, these may be substituted. Music scholarships are available to qualified applicants and candidates are encouraged to apply early by contacting the College of Fine Arts office at 214-333-5316

 

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Guitar Courses

 

Applied Guitar:

Private guitar instruction will consist of a study in classical guitar technique, repertoire, and fundamental skills. This course is taught to meet the specific needs of each individual student and the expectations of the Guitar Department and Fine Arts requirements. Repertoire will be selected by the instructor to meet each student’s particular needs and skills. The semester culminates in a jury evaluation by the guitar professor.

 

Applied Guitar Elective (non-music majors):

Private guitar instruction will consist of a study in classical guitar technique, repertoire, and fundamental skills. This course is taught to meet the specific needs of each individual student and the expectations of the Guitar Department and Fine Arts requirements. Repertoire will be selected by the instructor to meet each student’s particular needs and skills. This applied guitar course does not require a final jury exam.

Guitar Ensemble:

The Guitar Ensemble performs music representing various periods in music history. These periods include the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th, and 21st centuries. Ensembles are arranged as duets, trios, and quartets. Enrollment in the ensemble is a requirement for guitar performance majors and non-performance students are welcome to enroll after a successful audition has been completed. Non-performance students are required to demonstrate the ability to read music on the guitar in the first position, as well as utilizing the fundamentals of classical guitar technique to participate in the ensemble.


Class Guitar:

The class guitar course is designed for beginning guitar students and students who have a desire to learn the basics of classical guitar technique. The topics covered in the course include: proper sitting with the guitar, the basics of right and left hand technique, and how to read music on the guitar. This course is designed to develop the basics of classical guitar skills needed to begin private lesson study and to fulfill proficiency requirements on the instrument. The course is open to both music majors and non-music majors.



 



Mr. Stacy Arnold | Professor of Classical Guitar Studies

Stacy Arnold is professor of classical guitar studies at the  Dallas Baptist University School of Music and has over 20 years of teaching experience that includes private lessons, guitar ensemble, and class guitar. Mr. Arnold is recognized for his artistry as a concert soloist, recording artist, and educator and his students have received acceptance and scholarships at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts, The University of North Texas, Texas Womens University, Texas State University, and hold positions as professor of guitar studies on college campuses. Stacy Arnold holds a Master of Music degree in guitar performance from Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts where he was a graduate teaching assistant under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed concert guitarist and teacher Robert Guthrie and a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from Middle Tennessee State University where he studied under the guidance of Dr. William Yelverton.

Stacy Arnold pursues a busy concert schedule and has toured throughout the United States at many prestigious and distinguished venues as The Waxahachie Symphony Association, Cass County Performing Arts Council, Noel Masterworks Concert Series, Fort Worth Guitar Guild, Mu Phi Epsilon Sunday Concert Series, City Arts Festival (Dallas, TX.), Lord of Life Lutheran Church Concert Series, Blue Mountain College, Mississippi State University Concert Series, University of Louisiana, Louisiana College, and the Evangel University Artist Series.
 
 

 

 


 

Teaching Philosophy

Solo guitar performance is central to guitar study at DBU. The guitar program seeks students who are motivated and have a desire to study repertoire which requires the highest level of technical and musical ability. Students who successfully complete a performance degree at DBU will have the option and the skills to continue their studies at the Graduate level. It is a goal and vision of the guitar program to provide the necessary credentials required for guitar students to continue studies at the Graduate level in performance.

The teaching philosophy is to develop a students performance technique by establishing the fundamental principles of performance pedagogy and to build on this foundation by applying principles of musicianship to develop a students ability to be a successful performer, musician, artist, and teacher. A critical and important part of this development involves the study of etudes from the 19th and 20th centuries that will prepare students for study and successful performance of the concert literature of the classical guitar that exists from the 16th century Renaissance to the modern-day.

 


 

Method Book

Mastering Guitar Technique: Process & Essence by Christopher Berg

Available for purchase at Strings By Mail

 

 

 


 

Contact Information


To inquire about the Undergraduate performance degree program, please e-mail or call using the contact information listed.
 

Contact

 Phone: 469-337-7294

   E-mail: Contact Form

 


 

- Student Testimonials -

 

 

"Best guitar teacher.....someone who cares about the students."

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Professor Arnold is very knowledgeable about the subject and definitely knows what he's doing" 

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"I applaud Stacy's teaching style, his professionalism, his patience and his musical knowledge. His love and dedication of the classical guitar is such an inspiration to me and others. I look forward to many more years of learning from Stacy. He is absolutely one of the best!" 

-Private Student

 

"Full of experience and knowledge of the subject. I love every second of the class"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Class

 

"Attention to detail"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"It was a great learning experience. I now have a new skill because of the instructor of this course"

-Private Student

 

"Good teacher!"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"I have had private guitar lessons with Mr. Arnold for several years now. He is an inspiring guitarist, great role model, and an outstanding teacher" 

-Private Student

 

"Knows so much about the subject materials and so much to learn from"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Yes, I would recommend this instructor. If you're a student who wants to learn guitar, I highly recommend this teacher" 

-Private Student

 

"I gained invaluable information from my studies with Professor Arnold, that will be useful for my entire career as a guitarist. I am very thankful for the lessons I have had with him" 

-Nathaniel Earhart (adjunct professor of classical guitar studies at Collin County Community College)

 

"I am older and didn't know if I should attempt learning to play guitar.  Stacy has helped me gain confidence in my ability to work towards and accomplish more than I thought I could.  He makes you feel at ease even though he is very talented.  I am enjoying my lessons and looking forward to accomplishing more this year"

-Private Student

 

"He is very skilled both at guitar and in teaching how to play properly with good form" -Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"He's an excellent teacher"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Class

 

"He gave me a solid foundation as a musician/guitarist to continue on to a music major degree"

-Private Student

 

"Explains technique and shares interesting guitar history"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"A good teacher......helpful in answering questions and using all of the material previously learned"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Class

 

"If anybody is interested in playing guitar, then I would recommend this guy. He is a nice guy and will help you in any way you need. He will ask you to call him about questions about anything that you're stuck on and stay in contact with him about guitar"

-Private Student

 

"Patient and easy to communicate with"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Professor Arnold is one of the most proficient guitarists I have had the pleasure of working with"

-Private Student

 

"Love this course. Great professor….always on time. Professor goes into detail about everything from hand movement to guitar"

-Private Student

 

"He's prepared for each lesson and provides very good instruction"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

“I liked the lessons so much and Mr. Arnold is great. He was so helpful and I learned well from him. I learned the basics of guitar skills and how to read music. The instructor has a very excellent way to teach the lessons, he is as well highly respectful. I highly recommend this teacher”

-Private Student

 

"It was a very relaxed class, going at my own pace-which I liked"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Mr. Arnold has a very thorough understanding of the instrument, as well as careers involving it" 

-Private Student

 

"Pays very close attention to detail"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

“I learned a lot from a great teacher. It taught me how to play the guitar, something I have wanted to do for a long time. I highly recommend Mr. Arnold, I learned a lot from him”  

-Private Student

 

"I thoroughly enjoyed the class and it truly aided in the bettering of my guitar skills"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"I enjoyed playing music with the instructor while learning the right techniques and learning the different songs and sounds. I learned new techniques like my left hand position and using it properly, and practicing my index, middle, and ring fingers a lot"

-Private Student

 

"He went at a reasonable pace and was good at explaining concepts well"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Learning to play was good for my mind and body. I found that you can learn anything with the right teacher"

-Private Student

 

"Thorough instruction"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Mr. Arnold was well-prepared and structured in the way he taught"

-Private Student

 

"Always shows up for lessons prepared"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Mr. Arnold is very patient with his students"

-Private Student

 

"Thoroughly explained concepts"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"I enjoy my lessons with Mr. Arnold and he knowledge he imparts on me"

-Private Student

 

"I learned a lot"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"He's an excellent instructor and possesses an impressive knowledge of music"

-Private Student

 

"Good at teaching"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Patient with students"

-Private Student

 

"He is a good Professor"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"The lessons with Mr. Arnold has been one of great advances made in areas of technique, sight-reading, and performance"

-Private Student

 

"Knows a lot about the subject"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Practice and Mr. Arnold are the greatest of resources in regards to my endeavors on the guitar. Knowledge was obtained in the areas of scales, chromatic octaves, slurs, and repertoire"

-Private Student

 

"Good at relating with students"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Mr. Arnold is proficient both as an instructor as well as guitarist"

-Private Student

 

"Teaches at a reasonable pace"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Gives well defined objectives for instruction"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Attention to detail and quality"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Quick to answer e-mails. Always prepared for lessons"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Student

 

"Really enjoyed the subject and teaching"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Class

 

"Is very knowledgeable of guitar, enjoyed it and it sparked my interest"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Class

 

"I rally liked the course and the way he taught it"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Class

 

"Good class"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Class

 

"Always helps me look back and check my playing form"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Class

 

"He teaches the "basics" which I think are very important"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Class

 

"He is very thorough"

-Dallas Baptist University Guitar Class