BEGINNING GUITAR LEVEL 1

 

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 on 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.  This elective course for high school may be repeated for credit.

 

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

 

 

 

INTERMEDIATE GUITAR

 

Course Scope:

 

This one-year course is designed for students who have successfully completed the skills outlined in the Beginning Guitar syllabus.  This course includes further development of the skills necessary to become independent as a guitarist.  This course emphasizes the development of style, articulation, dynamics, rhythmic ability and skills inherent to performance.   Students will receive guidance and direction in solving problems related to playing the guitar on an intermediate 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.  A progression of technical proficiency is expected. 

 

Course Goals:

 

11.               To develop skills playing in fifth position in the keys of C, Am, F and Dm

 

12.               To demonstrate the ability to perform intermediate-level rhythms

 

13.               To perform melodic lines and scales in the keys of C, D, F, G,  A and E

 

14.               To demonstrate and perform moveable bar chords based on the "E" and "A" chord forms

 

15.               To demonstrate the ability to perform intermediate-level right-hand techniques

 

16.               To create simple melodies

 

17.               To participate in performance and evaluation of music

 

18.               To become aware of musical styles and composers and their correlation to world history

 

19.               To perform with students from other artistic disciplines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backward Assessment Models

Level 2-Intermediate Guitar

 

 

YEAR TWO - At the completion of year two, students will be able to:

 

1.       play in Fifth Position in the keys of C, Am, F and Dm

2.       play dotted quarter note rhythms and triplets

3.       play melodic lines in the keys of C, Am, D, F, Dm, G, Em, A, & E

4.       play in time signatures like 3/8, 6/8 and cut time

5.       play major scales in the keys C, D, F, G, A & E

6.       play chromatic scale in first position

7.       play an extended range to high C

8.       play moveable bar chords based on the "E" and "A" chord forms

9.       play I  IV  V7  I in every key using moveable forms

10.   play major, minor, major sevenths, dominant sevenths, minor sevenths and power chords in every key using moveable forms

11.   play intermediate-level chord arpeggios using p-i-m-a

12.   strum intermediate-level syncopated rhythms

demonstrate facilities in both flat picking and finger picking techniques

 

 

 

 

 

ADVANCED GUITAR LEVEL III

 

Course Scope:

 

This one-year course is designed for students who have successfully completed the skills outlined in the Guitar Level II syllabus.  This course includes further development of the skills necessary to become independent as a guitarist.  This course emphasizes the development of style, articulation, dynamics, rhythmic ability and skills inherent to performance.   Students will receive guidance and direction in solving problems related to playing the guitar on an advanced 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, rhythmic patterns, chord study, finger picking styles, musical forms, improvisation and performing experiences.  A progression of technical proficiency is expected.  This elective course for high school may be repeated for credit.

 

Course Goals:

 

20.               To develop skills playing in multiple playing positions

 

21.               To demonstrate the ability to perform advanced rhythms

 

22.               To perform melodic lines and scales in the keys of E and Eb including relative minor keys

 

23.               To demonstrate advanced skills using moveable chord forms

 

24.               To demonstrate advanced right-hand techniques

 

25.               To recognize and interpret ornamentations such as slides, slurs, hammers, pull-offs and trills

 

26.               To recognize and interpret general articulations such as staccato, legato, accent marks and dynamics

 

27.               To perform "swing" eighth notes in the tradition jazz swing style

 

28.               To perform intermediate-level solo guitar literature with two contrapuntal voices

 

29.               To perform in a variety of ensemble settings

 

30.               To evaluate career opportunities related to music and guitar

 

 

 

 

CONTINUING SKILLS, THEMES, TOPICS AND CONCEPTS

 

GUITAR LEVEL III

 

 

The student will:

 

         play in Second Position in keys of D and A

         play in Seventh Position in the keys of D, A, G & Bm

        play in the Fifth Position in the key of Bb

         play an extended range to high E

         play sixteenth notes

         play dotted eighth note, sixteenth note rhythms

         play all notes on each string to the twelfth fret

         play "swing" eighth notes in the jazz style

         play in duple, triple and complex meters such as 9/8 and 12/8

         recognize and interpret general articulations such as staccato, legato, accent marks & dynamics

         play major, natural  minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales in every key

         recognize and perform melodies in keys of Bb & Eb including relative minor keys

         recognize and interpret ornamentations such as slides, slurs, hammers, pull-offs, trills, etc.

         play two notes simultaneously using intervals of thirds, sixths and octaves

         perform intermediate arpeggiated studies using p-i-m-a

         extend skills using moveable bar chords

         play augmented and diminished chords in every key using moveable shapes

         play major sixth, minor sixth, ninths, thirteenths and suspended chords using moveable shapes

         perform beginning-level solo guitar literature with two contrapuntal voices

         play intermediate-level syncopated strums

         demonstrate intermediate facilities in both flat picking and finger picking techniques

 

 

 

ADVANCED GUITAR LEVEL 4

 

Course Scope:

 

This one-year course is designed for students who have successfully completed the skills outlined in the Level 3 Guitar syllabus.  This course includes further development of the skills necessary to become independent as a guitarist.  This course emphasizes the development of style, articulation, dynamics, rhythmic ability and skills inherent to performance. Students will receive guidance and direction in solving problems related to playing the guitar on an advanced 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, rhythmic patterns, chord study, finger picking styles, musical forms, improvisation and performing experiences.  A progression of technical proficiency is expected.  This elective course for high school may be repeated for credit.

 

Course Goals:

 

31.               To perform melodic lines in the keys up to and including four sharps and four flats including relative minor keys

 

32.               To demonstrate skills in playing in duple, triple and complex meters

 

33.               To perform dorian and mixolydian scales in every key using moveable shapes

 

34.               To perform advanced-level chords

 

35.               To demonstrate further advanced right-hand technique

 

36.               To improvise a solo over basic 12-bar blues and ii-V7-I chord progressions

 

37.               To develop skills playing with alternate tunings such as drop D tuning (sixth string tuned down to low D)

 

38.               To perform intermediate-level solo guitar literature with three voices

 

39.               To perform in a variety of ensembles and styles

 

40.               To evaluate career opportunities related to music and guitar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTINUING SKILLS, THEMES, TOPICS AND CONCEPTS

 

GUITAR LEVEL IV

 

 

The student will:

 

        play an extended range to high G (first string, fifteenth fret)

        play with drop D tuning (sixth string tune down to low D)

        play dorian and mixolydian scales in every key using moveable shapes

        improvise over basic 12-bar blues and ii-V7-I chord progressions

        perform complex rhythms and syncopations

        perform in complex duple and triple meters

        play in the keys up to four sharps and four flats

        perform intermediate-level solo guitar literature with three voices

        perform advanced-level chords

        perform advanced accompaniment techniques

        perform in a variety of ensembles and styles

        play selected studies of Carcassi, Carulli and Sor

        create a chord melody arrangement from a given melody and chord symbols

        demonstrate advanced facilities in both flat picking and finger picking techniques

 

 

 

 

 Solo Book Videos Guitar History Linkis.htm Playaliong Ensemble AboutBillSwick.htm About LVA CD's Guitar Handbook 4-Year Curriculum LVA Audition Guidelines Performance Schedule Photo Gallery Videos Home LVA Music Handbook Play-Alongs Awards