Learn the application of the music alphabet to the entire fretboard.
Begin to read music notation on the fretboard.
Memorize basic chord fingerings.
Learn several strumming and freestroke (finger) techniques for accompanying
Play several songs.
Learn basic skills, terminology, and theoretical principles which
will help you understand many of the commercially available books
for learning guitar.
Syllabus assignments are to be prepared ahead for the days they are
listed. Class time will focus on practicing songs and exercises, explaining
theoretical principles, and demonstrating new techniques.
Attendance is required. Two absences (for any reason) are allowed
without affecting the grade.
Test Dates :
________TBA___________________________ Written midterms.
________TBA___________________________ Midterm performance test.
________TBA___________________________ Written final and Performance
Throughout the semester the teacher will check your performance as
announced. Extra credit options will be announced.
Study, practice and
personal participation are the essence of this course.
The final grade will be based on the following percentages:
25% for theory lessons and termology quizzes
25% for classroom participation
25% for each of the midterm final examinations (written and performed).
Borderline grades may be offset by extra credit options, to be announced.
Three or more absences will lower the earned final grade by a half-grade
level for each absence over two.
1. Participation: Classes will begin with group performance of material
as described in the syllabus.
2. New Material: New concepts will be explained and tried. Students
should preview new material and concepts, based on the syllabus. New
material should be practiced at home after it is introduced.