Lawrence Ferrara

Photo of Lawrence Ferrara Department Music Department 
 Office Creative Arts 129
 Phone (415) 239-3856
 Mailbox A76
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Summer 2014 Teaching Schedule
MUS 27A Musical Appreciation 3.0 52492 831 Onl HOURS ARR 06/16-07/25  Deadlines Book 52493 832 Onl HOURS ARR 06/16-07/25  Deadlines Book
MUS 27A-Sec 831 & 832 are online classes with no on-campus meetings. For course details students must check instructor's website at For more information about online courses go to

B.M., M.M., San Francisco Conservatory

Mr. Ferrara has been teaching at CCSF since 1978.

He has the distinction of being the first guitarist to receive a master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching as full time music professor at City College of San Francisco, Mr. Ferrara also teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University.

Mr. Ferrara has performed major recitals in San Francisco, Toronto, Barcelona, Los Angeles and at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. He has performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Bay Chamber Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic and the San Francisco Conservatory's Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble.

Among many awards, Mr. Ferrara was twice prize winner at the Carmel Classic Guitar Competition runner-up at the Toronto International Guitar Competition and has served on the Music Advisory Panel to the National Endowment of the Arts. He received the California Virtual Campus (CVC) Award for the "Best Online Teaching Website" for his course in Music Appreciation. Mr. Ferrara is the author and performer of a sequence of music books titled The Student Repertoire Series for Guitar, with accompanying CD's, published by Guitar Solo of San Francisco and has a solo CD of American Guitar Works on the VGo label. Website:

His educational goal is to expose students to the expressive potential and creative process of music. This is achieved in a positive, open, and encouraging classroom environment.

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