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    We are looking to start a guitar class at my high school. Does anyone have a general course description that I can give my principal to review? I need this in order to get approval for the class next year.



    I can offer you some options of material to cover. Are you looking for a semester class or year long? Will it be repeatable?


    Here’s some offerings:

    Course Scope:
    This one-year course is designed for students with no previous guitar experience. Students will receive guidance and direction in solving problems related to playing the guitar at a beginning level and will learn many of the different styles, skills and techniques required to become a successful guitarist. Areas of concentration include: correct posture, note reading, aural skills, flat-picking, singing songs, rhythmic patterns, chord study, finger-picking styles, musical forms, improvisation and performing experiences.

    Course Goals:
    1. To develop correct posture and hand position
    2. To identify the parts of the guitar
    3. To demonstrate the proper tuning of the guitar by pitch matching
    4. To understand the history and origin of the guitar
    5. To learn basic fundamentals of musical notation
    6. To learn basic chords and single notes in first position
    7. To learn proper strumming, finger style and flat picking techniques and accompaniments
    8. To become aware of career opportunities
    9. To participate in performance and evaluation of music
    10. To demonstrate basic notating skills

    Backward Assessment Model
    Level 1 – Beginning Guitar
    YEAR ONE – At the completion of year one, students will be able to:
    1. perform using correct sitting posture and appropriate hand positions
    2. play a sixteen measure melody composed with eighth notes at a moderate tempo using alternate picking
    3. play on all six strings in first position
    4. play melodies in the keys C, Am, G, Em, D, Bm, F and Dm
    5. have a tonal range which extends to the A above the staff
    6. play major, minor and dominant seventh chords in first position in the keys of C, G, D, A, Am, E, & Em
    7. strum rhythms to include whole, half, quarter and eighth notes including simple syncopation
    8. play power chords using roots on open sixth, fifth and fourth strings
    9. read and understand symbols indicating up and down strokes
    10. play arpeggios in a finger-picking style as an accompaniment
    11. identify and use p-i-m-a
    12. identify and name the parts of the guitar
    13. identify basic musical symbols
    14. tune the guitar by pitch matching


    Thanks Glen!


    Thanks for the help Glen! My class will be a year long and geared towards the beginning student. I am not sure how I would handle the class if it were repeatable. FYI- I am not a guitar player. However, I taught myself some basics about a year ago and I have progressed through the first few books of the Hal Leonard Guitar series. I even followed the first part of the Berkeley book (Jazz guitar, I think) with a little bit of success. I am hoping to learn a lot more.

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