CCOG for MUS 287 Spring 2023
- Course Number:
- MUS 287
- Course Title:
- STEM Guitar Build and Theory
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
Addendum to Course Description
Course uses guitar kits to complete build. The should ideally be stocked in through the bookstore. Course requires use of wood-shop or similar space to accommodate large saws and sanders.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Use mathematics and physics to build and set up an electric guitar.
- Use an understanding of tonewoods to source, cost-out, and assemble an electric guitar.
- Use understanding of pitch and tuning systems to create guitars of different scale lengths and intonations.
- Use guitar history and literature to trace the development of technologies used in guitar construction and techniques used in guitar playing.
Course Activities and Design
Course divided into modular learning activities that students complete via D2L. Also includes work in wood-shop that may include making cuts, sanding, use of drills and other power tools. Safety should be top priority in the shop. Include safety training in course.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
MLAs - Modular Learning Activities including research papers, cost analysis, sustainability studies, history of chordophones, algebraic calculations, instrument design, physics of sound, electronics, and other related topics.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Inventory and Cost Analysis
Physics of Sound
Tonewoods and Sustainability
Headstock and Body Design
Temperament and Fret Spacing
History of Guitars
Strings and Action Set Up
Bridge Set Up and Intonation
Basics of Playing the Guitar
Includes guitar set-up (fret dressing, action adjustment, and bridge intonation)
Build may include use of saws, sanders, drills, hand tools, and light soldering. Also includes application of finishes.