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Course Number:
MUP 180B
Course Title:
Applied Music/Guitar
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Course Description

Provides individual private guitar instruction. Develops performance skills at the music major/minor level. Covers repertory and technique methods drawn from classical and/or jazz traditions. Includes training in performance practice and stylistic interpretation through focus on tone production, technique, fretboard knowledge, sight-reading and other aspects of musicianship as applied to the guitar. Prerequisites: MUP 180A.

Addendum to Course Description

All applied music students are required to attend weekly lessons, attend weekly performance classes, participate in public performance, and complete a music jury. A substantial amount of out-of-lesson practice time is required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Use an understanding of beginning musicianship and performance etiquette to prepare and rehearse basic solo guitar repertory.
  • Use an understanding of beginning music literacy to prepare and rehearse basic solo guitar repertory for performance.
  • Use a beginning understanding of stylistic distinctions in basic solo guitar repertory to accurately interpret music in performance.
  • Use a beginning understanding of the guitar to continue to improve as a performer.

Aspirational Goals

  • Public performance of assigned repertoire demonstrating solid technique, musicianship and
  • Proper performance practice. (minimum of two area recitals in addition to final performance.)
  • Sightread excerpts in positions one through three.
  • Participation in final recital and jury.
  • Successful completion of material assigned by private instructor.

Course Activities and Design

The material for the course will be presented in a one-on-one hands-on format.

Students will be required to perform in a final student recital and must pass
a performance jury at the end of every term before moving on to the next term of study.

Students are expected to participate in chamber ensembles and are required to perform a minimum
of two times per term in the weekly music performance area recitals.

Students will demonstrate good tone production, solid technique, rhythmic precision, proper
performance practice, good musicianship and perform scales and arpeggios at required tempi.

Students will learn and perform from memory representative works from
contrasting styles and eras.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Public music performance of material covered in lessons.

Completion of music jury at the end of the term - featuring qualitative and quantitative demonstration.

Attendance and participation in applied performance sessions.

Participation and preparation of material assigned during lessons.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The first year of study focuses on the development of fundamental technique and basic repertoire.
Instructors should assign exercises, etudes and repertoire according to individual student need and ability. A minimum of at least one etude and two works from contrasting stylistic periods should be assigned each
• Fundamentals: Sitting Position, Right Hand Technique, Left Hand Technique,
• Tone Production: Rest strokes, Free strokes
• Skills: All Major and minor scales (two octaves at 60 BPM)
use Segovia scales - By end of year one students should be able to play in all keys
starting on either the fifth of sixth strings

• Sight-Reading: Selected excerpts in first through fifth positions.
• Technique: Carlevaro - Books 2 and 3
Giuliani - 120 Studies for the Right Hand Op. 1
Pujol - Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra
Tennant - Pumping Nylon
Segovia - Major and Minor Diatonic Scales
• Etudes and Methods: Carcassi - 25 Progressive Etudes op. 60
Brouwer - 20 Estudios Sencillos
Sor - 20 Etudes (Segovia)
Sagreras - Guitar Method books 1-3
Shearer - vol. 3 Scales and Patterns
• Suggested Repertoire: Selected works by: Sanz, Milan, Dowland, Weiss,
Carulli, Sor, Giuliani, Aguado, Carcassi, Tarrega etc.

Demonstrate guitar basics with:
Rest stroke (i,m alternating) major and minor scales played legato (not slurred), with good
tone in predetermined fretboard positions from memory at 60 BPM.
Selected free stroke arppegio patterns from suggested methods with balanced
voices and good tone.
Left hand slurs (all finger combinations) played rhythmically even and
dynamically balanced.