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Sungmin Shin

Adjunct Faculty

Applied Music Instructor (Guitar)
Director of Guitar Ensemble

Sungmin Shin

Adjunct Faculty

Applied Music Instructor (Guitar)
Director of Guitar Ensemble


Korean American guitarist and composer Sungmin Shin maintains a vigorous schedule divided between performing and teaching in a wide variety of musical settings. As a musician, Dr. Shin finds a unique balance between his classical training and deep roots in popular guitar styles. This combination drives his curiosity to seek new modes of expression through performance, improvisation, and composition. Dr. Shin has been invited to perform, teach, and adjudicate at major international competitions, events, and festivals including the Guitar Foundation of America, Iserlohn Guitar Festival (Germany), Rochester International Jazz Festival, and more. A frequent collaborator with various musicians and ensembles, he is a member of the internationally acclaimed guitar ensemble Tantalus Quartet, the Rochester-based contemporary quintet fivebyfive and folk/jazz/rock group Lauren and the Good Souls

Dr. Shin is a devoted educator and shares his passion for music with students of all ages and levels. He is currently on faculty at The University at Buffalo (SUNY) where he directs the UB Guitar Ensemble and teaches acoustic, classical and electric guitars. Also, he is an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology teaching guitar and history of popular music. Students of Dr. Shin have gained admission to top music schools in the US such as Berklee, Eastman, and many more at the undergraduate and graduate levels with scholarships. Dr. Shin is the director of the Penfield Guitar School and serves on the faculty of Guitar Workshop Plus in Toronto during the summers.   

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Currently Teaching

3 Credits
This course examines the history and elements of popular and rock music in the United States from the end of the 19th century to current times. Emphasis will be placed on the music that was written and performed after WWII. Students will be introduced to various styles of this genre as well as an introduction to those musical elements necessary to define a rudimentary analysis of the music. Among the composers and performers to be studied are early Minstrel performers, Louis Armstrong, Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Blues musicians, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, R and B musicians, country and western, Elvis Presley, Motown, Ray Charles, folk, Jimi Hendrix, disco, punk, metal, grunge, and pop.
1 Credits
Students will receive private (one-to-one) instrumental or voice lessons and participate in studio performance opportunities. Private lessons are offered to support the RIT ensembles program, therefore only students who are active participants in an approved RIT ensemble will be eligible for lessons.

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