Guitar Class is divided in four levels (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and Artist). In the first one, there are no requirements. Advancement to the next level is not automatic, but based on the covered material.
Artist Guitar Level is open to students who are able to play additional solo material at artist level and participate in solo performances and competitions.
There will be four areas of focus for each class:
Guitar Technique –we will develop the techniques necessary to play guitar efficiently.
Musicianship - we will build a solid foundation of musical knowledge and skills.
Performance practice –we will learn how to prepare for both solo and ensemble performances. We will also cover the proper etiquettes for both performers and the audience, for all types of performances.
Listening –we will gain better understanding of music through in-class and out of class listening of music performances.
Guitar Class MaterialsGuitar - Each student will be responsible for acquiring a nylon-stringed classical guitar.Folder or a binder to keep music in1 footstool or guitar supportpencilThe school will provide guitars and footstools for in-class use, but students will need them for practicing at home.
Text book-Beginning/Intermediate Guitar - Jerry Snyder's Guitar School, Method Book 1Intermediate Guitar additional materials - Classic Guitar Technique Vol. 1 by Aaron ShearerAdvanced Guitar - Solo Guitar Playing, Vol. 1 by Frederick Noad
Each student is expected to progress throughout the year regardless of skill level at the onset of the class.
Quarter Grades will be an average of:
Class Work and Participation/ Rehearsal Skills Every student starts with 100 % of the grade. Deductions will be made if the student: does not bring class materials, has not practiced class assignments, and/or behaves in a manner that disrupts the class.
Tests and Required Performances Both written and playing tests will be given on regular basis. In addition, there will be several required performances throughout the year (2 performances for Beginning and Intermediate Guitar, 6 performances for Advanced and Artist Guitar).
Concert Attendance - Each semester students should attend one classical guitar performance approved by the instructor.Each test will be worth 10 points. A scheduled concert will count as two test grades:Unexcused absence will result in a test grade of 0.With the exception of emergencies, excused absences from mandatory performances must be cleared with the guitar instructor at least two weeks prior to the concert.
Each student will be responsible for at-home practice. It is required that the student practices a minimum of 20 minutes every day.
Required Performances –please mark your calendars and reserve the dates
Fine Arts Assembly, Friday, Dec. 20 (during school 2 assemblies)
Cluster Concert - Tuesday, Feb. 5 - 1:00 p.m.
Evening with the Arts, DHS, March 11, 6:00 p.m.HS Guitar Festival - Friday, March 6, opening concert BWHS, 7:00 p.m,Saturday, March 7, assessment and workshops, PFHS, - 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.Spring Concert - Thursday, May 14, Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Being prepared for a performance includes dressing accordingly. (Dress pants/slacks or ankle-length dress, no jeans or short skirts, all black. )