Advanced Guitar



    Dr. Michael Murphy

    E-mail:  michael.murphy@lcps.org

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



    Will be provided by instructor.


    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 (in some cases a strap may be used)

    Tuner (optional)

    Picks (thick or heavy 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: a rehearsal skills grade which is given every three weeks; written tests; and performance tests.  Each category counts as one third of the final grade for each quarter.  Participation/attendance in performances also count as performance tests.  During the last week of each quarter the student may re-take any playing test.  The new grade will replace the original grade if it is higher.


    Rehaersal skills grades will be based on behavior/cooperation, bringing class materials (mentioned above), punctuality, attendance, and evidence that one has practiced.


    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 16, 2019