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Spartan Community Guitar Ensemble

Spartan Community Guitar Ensemble (SCGE) is an outreach/student-bodied acoustic guitar (both nylon and steel strings) ensemble, directed by CMS instructor, Dr. Yoshi Fukagawa. SCGE is not your traditional classical/concert guitar ensemble, but rather a group that plays all different kinds of music on guitar. The ensemble's mission is not only to reach the community through music but also to stretch outside the stereotypical expectation of a typical guitar ensemble.

SCGE is actively recruiting the new members!
Program Details:

  • Meets weekly on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.*
  • Membership fee of $30 per student ($25 for current CMS students) for the entire semester (16 weeks)


*First session will be on January 24, 2017. All future sessions will take place on Wednesdays, beginning February 1.


What to Know Before You Join!

Besides owning a nylon or steel string acoustic guitar, we have a short list of desired qualities for those interested in joining:

  • The Spartan Community Guitar Ensemble is NOT a traditional classical/concert guitar ensemble. Rather, this group plays all different kinds of music on guitar, so it's important to be open-minded and ready to learn different genres of music.

  • This ensemble is for experienced guitar players. Each ensemble member should be able to read sheet music in (1) standard music notation, (2) chords with designated rhythms, AND/OR (3) TAB with designated rhythms. It is expected that members regularly practice the assigned music and are prepared for the weekly rehearsals.

  • SCGE will have a several performance opportunities both inside and outside the CMS facility as a part of MSU College of Music and/or Community Music School outreach program. The material prepared in rehearsals will be for these public performances.

If you are interested, or know anyone who would be, please contact Yoshi Fukagawa via email at fukagawa@msu.edu

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