Guitar 1 Semesters:1Credit:1/2Grade Placement:9,10,11,12Graduation Requirement:Elective.Course Sequence:No prerequisites.Other Prerequisite(s):No previous guitar experienceOrganization:Conventional. Groupand individualized instruction and assessment including both supervised and private practice.Course Overview:Beginning Guitar is designed to offer basic, but intensive, training in the playing of the standard six-string acoustic guitar. The student will learn to read music notation, perform basic chord progressions, and play exercises and short pieces alone and in ensembles. Listening to guitar music and discussing the guitar's role in music of the past and present are also components of the course. Although all types of music will be heard and played, this course is not a "rock and roll" guitar class. Students will discover, however, that the universal musical concepts they learn apply to popular styles as well. This class is not for the student that has studied guitar previously.
Guitar 2 Semesters:1Credit:1/2Grade Placement:9,10,11,12Graduation Requirement:Elective.Course Sequence:Successful completion of Beginning Guitar I and teacher recommendation.Other Prerequisite(s):Consent of instructor.Organization:Students must own their own nylon string classical guitar, (guitar must be approved by the instructor; guitars may be purchased through the music department).Course Overview:Guitar II is a continuation of Beginning Guitar 1. Skills learned in Beginning Guitar 1 will be amplified with intense training in both classical and commercial technique. Instruction will be given through the venues of traditional textbook, ensemble arrangements, solo opportunities, and student compositions. Students will continue learning classical style in both solo and small ensemble work with the goal of performing a grade 2 1/2 - 3 solo at the end of the course. In addition to classical training, commercial/jazz technique and performance will be studied and applied. Music theory and arranging will be an essential aspect of the course with all students composing a small ensemble work during the semester.
Guitar Studio* Semesters:2Credit:1Grade Placement:10, 11, 12 (9 pending audition)Graduation Requirement:Elective.Course Sequence:Beginning Guitar and Guitar 2 recommended.Other Prerequisite(s):Placement by audition.Organization:Traditional.Course Overview:Guitar Studio is a performance-based ensemble. Students will participate in class ensembles which will study and perform musical literature from the Renaissance to present day. In addition to all class endeavors, students will study classical, jazz and contemporary guitar styles in solo and small group settings. Advanced technique will be discussed and taught. Students must own their own nylon-stringed classical guitar to participate. *Performance-based course offerings are co-curricular. This means that a portion of the students grade for the course is determined by a performance minimally once a Quarter outside of the regular school day.