Guitar I

Course Number: MUS 191
Transcript Title: Guitar I
Created: September 1, 2013
Updated: August 4, 2015
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Develops solo and ensemble guitar in a group setting, stressing the finding of one’s musical voice within the panoply of guitar styles. Surveys classical as well as culturally based styles, and includes guitar notation systems. Varied performance levels will be accommodated in the class. Enthusiasm and possession of a nylon stringed acoustic guitar is the only prerequisite. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Perform single line melodies and simple polyphonic pieces in the first position.
  2. Perform simply arranged guitar music with melody, chords and bass line.
  3. Perform selected rudimentary guitar styles drawn from classical and regional repertoire.
  4. Identify prevalent guitar playing styles.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The type of assessment will be determined by the individual instructor. Assessment methods may include:

  • Applied music examinations
  • Group work
  • Written examinations
  • In-class participation
  • Quantitative examinations
  • Portfolios
  • Essays
  • Research papers
  • Performance reviews

Course Activities and Design

Course activities include:

  • Patterned exercises in scale playing, accompaniment and lead techniques
  • Instrument care and maintenance
  • Playlist and repertoire research
  • Workshopping general musicianship skills
  • Performing guitar music in a group setting accurately and expressively

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Guitar anatomy
  • Basic classical technique
  • Selected non-classical techniques
  • Practice routines
  • Notation methods
  • Performance practice
  • Solo performance
  • Ensemble performance
  • Basic harmony
  • Music terminology
  • Rhythm
  • Polyphonic works
  • Complex rhythms
  • Listening to guitar music
  • Historical origins of the guitar
  • Role of the guitar in world music
  • Recital attendance

Competencies and Skills:

  • Perform beginning solo and ensemble musical works using traditional guitar techniques.
  • Aurally identify music of varied historical or regional sources.
  • Understand guitar notation.
  • Identify and solve technical problems involved in performing a basic musical work.