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quinebaug valley community college

Performing Arts

For more information contact:

Brian Kaufman
Lead Faculty
Professor of English


QVCC is developing a performing arts major, and in the past few years has offered classes on acting, improvisation, dance, recording music, podcasting, guitar building, and guitar. Piano classes will be offered in the near future.


During the 2021-2022 academic year, QVCC is offering Guitar I and Guitar II in both fall and spring semesters in live remote online (LRON) format.  These classes deliver a foundation in guitar playing and musicianship. Guitar I is for students with no previous experience in the guitar or general music.  Literacy in guitar notation and tab reading, and an accurate sense of rhythm will be developed.  And students will learn techniques for strumming chords and playing melodies for folk, rock, pop, surf music, and ensemble playing. It’s a great time to pick up an instrument and start playing — or time to get better at wielding the “axe.”  Many people started playing this during quarantine – it’s a fun activity and never too late to pick-up the guitar.  These courses are taught by Providence-based Chris Monti. Grab a guitar and join in!

picture of Chris Monti

Chris Monti has been teaching guitar and playing music professionally for more than 20 years. His eclectic style reveals his passion for rock & roll, country-blues, early jazz, R+B, as well as music from the Americas, Middle East, India, and North & W​est Africa.  Singing and playing electric guitar and harmonica in several bands, he plays covers of great Rock, Surf, Mambo, Cumbia, Punk, Blues, Boogie, R+B, Latin Pop and Country songs.  Chris draws on that wide body of music for his classes and his engaging teaching style making learning the guitar fun and interactive.  Take his class and you’ll be playing in no time.

This coming fall 2022 semester we will be offering Music 298 Guitar Building (also listed as Engineering 298 Guitar Building), a course that looks at the design elements, manufacturing, and assembly of solid body electric guitars.  Students build guitars while learning about the electronics, design features, chemistry of finishes, math applications relevant to guitar design, and the concepts of sound waves, string tension, fretboard layout, intonation, and general musicality.  It’s a fun and involved course for any budding or veteran musician, or for anyone interested in electronics.  Stay tuned for more info on this course!