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Guitar 1,2 (P) (5391, 5392)

Grade Range:
 Ability to play, or interest in learning to play, the guitar; students may be auditioned and grouped together on the basis of tone quality, musicianship, or skill
 Course duration:
 Two semesters
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 Visual and Performing Arts
 UC subject area satisfied:
 f - Visual and Performing Arts
Course Description:
 Guitar 1,2 teaches the musical concepts and technique of performing at a beginning level. In this course, students will learn how to produce controlled and accurate pitch through melodies, strummed chords, and finger-picking, as well as learn the basics of music notation and musical vocabulary. Students will be exposed to the major scale and diverse repertoire and will be asked to think deeply about the discipline of music from a number of perspectives, including style, genre, mood, and historical and cultural context. Additional topics of study include demonstrating appropriate performance etiquette, identifying musical contrasts, evaluating performances, and creating new music through compositions and improvisations.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Gustafson, The Art of Guitar: Beginning Class Method, Kjos, 1997.
Site-selected music.
SDUSD VAPA Core Learnings, 2005.