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Effective Term:
Summer 2014 through Summer 2024

Course Number:
MUS 191
Course Title:
Class Guitar
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
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Course Description

Group instruction in guitar. Covers traditional classical guitar technique. Focuses on note reading and basic music theory as applies to guitar. Topics include single line first position melodies, common arpeggio patterns and music in two or more parts. Includes both solo and ensemble performance. Attention given to history and repertoire of the guitar. No previous experience required. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Students will be able to perform single line melodies and simple polyphonic pieces in the first position.
  • Students will be able to execute musical works using basic classical guitar technique.
  • Students will be able to recognize the basic components of music theory.
  • Students will begin to be able to identify the stylistic variations between musical genres.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

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

  • Practical examinations
  • Group work
  • Qualitative examinations
  • In-class participation
  • Quantitative examinations
  • Portfolios
  • Essays
  • Research papers
  • Performance reviews

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Guitar anatomy
  • Basic classical technique
  • 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
  • Music of Spain
  • Music of Latin America
  • Recital attendance

Competencies and Skills:

  • Perform beginning solo and ensemble musical works using traditional classical guitar technique.
  • Aurally identify music from each of the main historical eras.
  • Notate basic musical ideas for performance on the guitar.
  • Identify and solve technical problems involved in performing a basic musical work.