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T e a c h i n g

Douglas Rubio is a noted teacher. He has given masterclasses at guitar festivals and colleges around the country, and is Professor of Classical Guitar at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Prior to that he taught at Illinois State University. His students have many notable accomplishments, including winning top prizes in the Great Lakes Guitar Competition, and the Christopher Parkening and Guitar Foundation of America youth competitions.


Classical Guitar at the Crane School of Music

The Crane School of Music is home to one of the strongest classical guitar programs in the country. With a full-time guitar professor and a complete curriculum of classical guitar courses, Crane gives its guitar students a thorough and high-quality education.


In addition to weekly private lessons, students in the program meet regularly in Guitar Performance Class to play for each other in a masterclass environment. Guitar Ensemble gives players the opportunity to learn and perform chamber music with other instruments and with multiple guitars. In Guitar Pedagogy, students learn how to teach the guitar. In Guitar History and Literature, students study the major works and composers of the classical guitar repertoire.


Guitar students also have the opportunity to play in Jazz Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Latin Ensemble.


Guest Artists

Internationally renowned guitarists frequently visit Crane to perform concerts and give masterclasses. Here are some of the artists Crane has hosted:


  • The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

  • The Assads Duo

  • Jason Vieaux

  • Zoran Dukic

  • Marcin Dylla

  • Martha Masters

  • Adam Holzman

  • David Tanenbaum

  • Antigoni Goni

  • Vladimir Gorbach

  • Johannes Möller

  • SoloDuo (Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela)


Grad School Acceptances

Students from Crane’s guitar program have been accepted for graduate study at some of the most highly regarded universities and conservatories in the country. These include:


  • Manhattan School of Music

  • Peabody Institute of Music

  • Florida State University

  • University of Southern California

  • Eastman School of Music

  • University of Texas at Austin

  • New England Conservatory

  • University of Arizona


Alumni Careers

Former students of Dr. Rubio’s work as professional musicians throughout the U.S. Some have taught at colleges such as Lawrence University (Wisconsin), Molloy College (New York), Louisiana Tech University, SUNY Brockport (New York), Rhodes University (Tennessee), Bradley University (Illinois), Onondaga Community College (New York), Pima Community College (Arizona), and Central New Mexico Community College. Music education guitar graduates have landed full-time teaching jobs at public schools in New York, Virginia, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Other graduates now work for companies such as D'Addario and Apple, and organizations like the Guitar Foundation of America. Whatever your career path, you will have an active network of Crane alumni to help you out.

Douglas Rubio rehearses a guitar orchestra of Crane students and alumni, with featured soloists, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Crane students and alumni at the Guitar Foundation of America regional symposium in New York City.

Prize-winner Brendon Grabowski at the 2015 Great Lakes Guitar Competition.

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