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Kevin Enstrom Joins Pepperdine Faculty as Adjunct Professor of Guitar

The Pepperdine University Classical Guitar Department is pleased to announce the addition of a new adjunct faculty member: Kevin Enstrom.  Kevin, a former student of Distinguished Professor of Music Christopher Parkening, received his B.A. in Applied Music from Pepperdine University and Kevin Enstromrecently graduated from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance.  He is a co-founder of the newly minted Orpheo Guitar Quartet, which has been featured on KUSC, and an equally accomplished solo artist.  At Pepperdine, Kevin will be teaching private guitar lessons and leading the sight-reading studio.

When asked what excited him the most about his new position, Kevin replied, “I am most excited about the opportunity to work alongside the extremely talented and hardworking students in the guitar department, led by Christopher Parkening.  I hope that I can help the students to have an enriching musical experience like I had when I was a student here.”

Kevin will be bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Pepperdine Classical Guitar Department.  We asked Kevin to elaborate on his teaching methods.  Here is what he had to say.  “As an educator, I strive to develop each student’s ability by focusing on three areas: technique, musicality and theory.  I lead my students through practice schedules, technical exercises and performance practices to supply them with the tools necessary to become a concert artist.  Studying music at a university can be a daunting experience, especially when students are expected to perform at a top level musically and academically.  In the end, I hope to help my students create a musical ‘brand’ that they will be proud of.”

We are excited to welcome Kevin to our department and look forward to his many contributions to our program.

Parkening Master Class Featured Andrew York

On Saturday, September 24, Distinguished Professor of Music held his semi-annual master class at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  This class featured a guest appearance by Grammy® award winning guitarist, Andrew York coaching Mr. Parkening’s students who performed Mr. York’s compositions.

Mr. York also lectured and took questions from Dr. Lincon Hanks’ composition students.

The next Master Class is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Raitt Recital Hall on Pepperdine’s Malibu campus.

Christopher Parkening, Andrew York, and participating students at the September 24, 2016 Master Class

Christopher Parkening, Andrew York, and participating students at the September 24, 2016 Master Class

Summer Repertoire

If you are a student guitarist, don’t lose your “chops” over the summer.  Learn new material and brush up on pieces in your repertoire to be ready to begin your fall semester of study.

To see what Christopher Parkening suggests as a basic classical guitar repertoire, see his list on the Pepperdine Guitar Program web site, here.

And if you are interested in undergraduate study with Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine University, see our guitar major introductory page which includes samples of his students’ performances.


Parkening Master Class to be Held at Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University presents a master class with guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening once each semester in the Raitt Recital Hall on the Malibu Campus at 24255 Pacific Coast HighwParkening Class Flyer Sept 2015.indday, Malibu, CA 90263.

Join us on Saturday, February 6 from 2:00 to 6:00 for the Spring, 2016 semester’s class, featuring guitarists performing masterpieces from the classical guitar literature spanning multiple centuries and include composers from around the world.

This class will include a coaching session with baritone Jubilant Sykes, working with vocal students accompanied by Prof. Parkening’s guitar students.

This master class is free and open to the general public.


Parkening Master Class Scheduled for September 19, 2015

Student Kevin Enstrom at a Parkening Master Class.

Student Kevin Enstrom at a Parkening Master Class.

Coming up soon: The Christopher Parkening Master Class held once each semester on the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu, California. This semester’s class will be held on Saturday, September 19 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Raitt Recital Hall.

Come and watch guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening teach guitar technique and interpretation, with a Q&A at the end of the class.

This September 19 master class is free and open to the public. For more information see the Master Class web site.


New Semester Begins at Pepperdine University

Classes begin on Monday, August 31, and Christopher Parkening will begin teaching his guitar students.  As scheduled each semester, there will be several opportunities to hear these talented young guitarists in public performances.

The first scheduled performance will be on Tuesday, September 8, 5:00 p.m. at the Payson Library on the Pepperdine campus.  This one-hour recital features masterpieces from the classical guitar literature spanning six centuries and including composers from around the world.  All concerts are free and open to the general public.

Study the Classical Guitar with Christopher Parkening

Thank you for your interest in the Classical Guitar Department at Pepperdine University chaired by America’s classical guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening.

Christopher Parkening with student Kevin Enstrom.

Christopher Parkening with student Kevin Enstrom.

Pepperdine University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Music with an emphasis in Classical Guitar. The music program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), also includes a rigorous core curriculum comprised of theory, history, private lessons, ensemble participation and numerous performance opportunities. This curriculum  combined with Seaver College’s top-tier general education program provides students with both depth and breadth during their undergraduate tenure.

For more information about the classical guitar program at Pepperdine University, click here.

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