Course Abstract Details

MUSIC-140, Class Guitar

Credits: 2

Course Description

MUSIC-140, Class Guitar, is an introductory course for beginning guitar students with little or no prior experience. The course will focus on fundamental guitar techniques including: basic chords, conventional strumming techniques and finger picking, notes in first position, basic improvisation and soloing, as well as correct playing techniques. Students will also learn to read standard music notation, chord diagrams and guitar tablature and develop a repertoire of solo and ensemble pieces by the end of the course. Two hours lecture each week. Two credits. Two billable hours. Offered Spring and Fall terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Demonstrate correct playing technique including correct playing position and correct left and right hand technique (PG 1) 

2. Perform the following major scales (one octave) in first position using the rest stroke: C, G, D, A, E and F (GE 3, PG 1, PG 3) 

3. Accompany a melody using basic open chords in the keys of C, G, D, A, E , Em & Am (GE 5, PG 1, PG 3) 

4. Read and perform notated music in first position with correct notes, correct rhythms, and a steady beat (GE 3, PG 1, PG 3) 

5. Perform simple two and three part pieces with a small ensemble (GE 5, PG 1) 

6. Improvise using the pentatonic scale (GE 3, PG 1, PG 2) 

7. Perform a solo finger style piece for the class at the end of the semester (GE 3, PG 1)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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