Professor Colin McAllister, D.M.A.

Professor Colin McAllister
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • University of California, San Diego
Most importantly, good technique allows us to express our musicality without inhibition.

Colin McAllister is the Music Program Director at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Musical Arts at the University of California, San Diego, where he studied guitar with Celin and Pepe Romero, interpretation with Bertram Turetzky, and conducting with Harvey Sollberger and Rand Steiger.

Dr. McAllister has taught the guitar and performed professionally as a guitarist for more than 25 years. He has made more than 1,000 appearances with organizations including the San Diego Opera, the San Diego Symphony, and the Colorado Symphony. Dr. McAllister is also a member of the jazz ensemble Hennessy 6. He is endorsed by PRS Guitars, and is also an Artist Partner with Taylor Guitars.

Dr. McAllister has recorded on several record labels, including Albany Records, Tzadik Records, and Naxos. He also pursues research interests in 3rd and 4th century religious beliefs related to apocalypticism and early medieval commentary on the Book of Revelation.

Dr. McAllister lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado, with his wife Barbara and their children. In addition to his academic studies in music and the apocalypse, he has climbed more than 35 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, along with Mount Whitney in California and three high volcanoes in Mexico.

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  1. Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos Sale

    Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos

    Colin McAllister
    4.2 out of 5
    76% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (222)
    Save up to $200.00 Starting at $49.95 $69.95 $49.95$69.95
    The guitar is one of the most accessible, versatile, and easy to learn instruments you can play. Get lessons and tips from expert, such as how a simple group of four guitar chords enables you to play hundreds of songs. Even if you already play the guitar, this course will broaden your knowledge by applying music theory, history, and expanding your repertoire of songs and styles.
  2. Playing Guitar like a Pro: Lead, Solo, and Group Performance Sale

    Playing Guitar like a Pro: Lead, Solo, and Group Performance

    Colin McAllister
    4 out of 5
    62% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (8)
    Save up to $200.00 Starting at $49.95 $69.95 $49.95$69.95
    Learn to play like the all-time greats! Master the techniques of some of the world’s most influential rockers, including Eric Clapton and David Gilmour; and jazz pioneers like Django Reinhardt and Antonio Carlos Jobim as Dr. McAllister leads you through a variety of styles, techniques, and musical genres—and non-musicians will treasure the anecdotes and backgrounds of groundbreaking guitarists. Whether you want...
  3. (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & How to Draw Set

    (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & How to Draw

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Tap into your creative side with this two-course set. Gain new insight and a lifelong appreciation for your favorite music with Playing Guitar like a Pro: Lead, Solo, and Group Performance. Then shift creative gears and learn to draw your own landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and more with How to Draw.
  4. (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & How to Play Chess Set

    (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & How to Play Chess

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Let the masters show you how it’s done with this two-course set. Learn to improvise and play complete songs in this fast-moving course taught by a master guitarist and teacher with Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. Then, examine every aspect of a timeless and complex game, led by an award-winning, renowned teacher in How to Play Chess: Lessons from an International Master.
  5. (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & Learning to Play Guitar Set

    (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & Learning to Play Guitar

    Colin McAllister
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    With this two-course set, you will learn how to master the guitar—one of the most accessible, versatile, and easy-to-learn instruments you can play. Start with lessons and tips from an expert, like how a simple group of four guitar chords enables you to play hundreds of songs, in Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. Then, discover the legendary playing styles of Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Django...
  6. (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Set

    (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Deepen your appreciation of everything musical that you hear with this two-course set. Discover the joy of playing one of the world’s most universal instruments with Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. Then, increase your music-listening skills and come to appreciate what a complex and rewarding study music theory can be with Understanding the Fundamentals of Music.
  7. (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & Great Music of the 20th Century Set

    (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & Great Music of the 20th Century

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Get to know the modern music you love like never before with this two-course set. Discover the legendary playing styles of Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Django Reinhardt, and more in this course for both musicians and fans: Playing Guitar like a Pro: Lead, Solo, and Group Performance. Then, discover the genius of composers such as Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Bartók, Ligeti, Adès, and many others with...
  8. (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & How Music and Mathematics Relate Set

    (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & How Music and Mathematics Relate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $434.90 Starting at $434.90 $489.90 $434.90$489.90
    Take a deep dive into the world of music with this two-course set. Start by gaining a new appreciation through the instruction of a universal instrument in Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. Then, get a thorough understanding of the relationship between music and numbers in How Music and Mathematics Relate.
  9. (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & How to Play Piano Set

    (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & How to Play Piano

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Learn how to play two popular instruments with this two-course set. With How to Play Piano, gain the building blocks you need to go from an interested novice to an expressive and talented player. And elevate your guitar skills as you master the signature sounds of iconic guitarists with Playing Guitar like a Pro: Lead, Solo, and Group Performance.
  10. (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & How to Draw Set on sale

    (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & How to Draw

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $503.00 Starting at $106.90 $151.90 $106.90$151.90
    Embrace your creative side with this artistic two-course set. Discover that you truly can learn to play a musical instrument, regardless of your age or experience, with Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. Then, learn to apply the same fundamental principles that professional artists routinely use in their drawings with How to Draw.
  11. (Set) How to Paint & Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos Set

    (Set) How to Paint & Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos

    Colin McAllister
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Embrace your creativity through this set of artistic courses. Start with How to Paint—a set of highly accessible and enjoyable lessons which immerse you in the painting process from start to finish, with step-by-step demonstrations in every lesson. Then, discover a unique and effective way to rapidly access one of the most meaningful, enjoyable, and satisfying forms of self-expression with Learning to Play...
  12. (Set) How to Play Piano & Learning to Play Guitar Set on sale

    (Set) How to Play Piano & Learning to Play Guitar

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $503.00 Starting at $106.90 $151.90 $106.90$151.90
    Read, understand, play, and enjoy music at a whole new level with this two-course set. Experience the joy and sense of accomplishment that comes from mastering the piano with How to Play Piano. And enjoy an engaging and highly effective way to master the fundamentals of guitar with Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos.
  13. (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Set

    (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Get a practical and spirited introduction to the mysterious realm of music with this two-course set. Gain valuable insight into musical genres and what defines them with Playing Guitar like a Pro: Lead, Solo, and Group Performance. And learn how to appreciate the processes of composition with Understanding the Fundamentals of Music
  14. (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    This two-course set invites you to learn with the masters. Learn how to play a universal instrument from a master with Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. Then, discover everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience with Fundamentals of Photography.