The guitar program at SMC offers a wide variety of styles, including popular, flamenco and classical. Finger picking is taught in popular styles, and classical techniques in Flamenco and Classical classes. Standard music notation and tablature are taught in all classes. It is recommended that if a beginner has a choice of guitars that they start on a nylon strung instrument since it is far less irritating to the fingers, thus allowing for more practice time with less discomfort to the hands.