Beginning Guitar                              




    Dr. Michael Murphy

    E-mail:  michael.murphy@lcps.org

    Phone (main office):  (703) 957-4400


    Books Needed:

    Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1, Second Edition, ISBN: 978-0-7935-1245-4  

    This book is available on AMAZON

    The CD version is not required.


    Students will be required to provide:

    Classical Guitar (for practice at home)

    1 extra set of strings (for your guitar at home)

    Footstool or guitar support (for practice at home)

    Tuner (optional)

    Guitar picks (thick are preferred)

    1 black three-ring binder (very important)


    Course Description:

    This class will cover a variety of styles including classical, flamenco, rock, blues, and jazz.  Students will learn to read music and they will learn basic music theory.  Good technique (sitting position, hand position) will be taught and used in the performance of all styles of music.



    Grading will be based on 4 minor summative assessments and 4 major summative assessments.  A minor assessment will count as 5 percent each, totalling 20 percent of the quarter grade,  A major assessment will count for 20 percent each, totalling 80 percent of the quarter grade.


    Class Rules:

    Class members must display an attitude of respect to the teacher and to fellow students at all times.

    No profanity.

    No gum.

    No food or drink other than bottled water.

    When the teacher is addressing the class there is to be no talking or guitar playing.

Last Modified on August 28, 2020