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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1576

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Class Guitar

Semester Approved: Spring 2016
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2021
End Semester: Spring 2022

Catalog Description: This course provides group instruction in the fundamentals of guitar. Students will learn basic chords, strumming and fingerpicking patterns, standard notation and tabliture ($70.00 fee). Repeatable for credit.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 1; Lab: 0

Justification: There is great demand for guitar instruction among the general student population. Courses such as this are common at four-year institutions in the state. This course provides a low-cost introduction to a musical skill that will serve the student for a lifetime.

General Education Outcomes:
5: A student who completes the GE curriculum can respond with informed sensitivity to an artistic work or experience. Students will demonstrate through performance the appropriate use of a variety of historically and culturally significant guitar techniques.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate the ability to form basic chords, and execute basic strumming and fingerpicking patterns. Students will also demonstrate an ability to read basic standard notation and tabliture. Students will demonstrate the techniques listed above through the performance of selected songs as directed by the instructor. For more information on assessment of student learning outcomes, see the "key performance indicators" section of this syllabus.  

The content of this course will include: basic chords, fingerpicking and strumming patterns, standard notation and tablature.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will receive feedback from the instructor each day.

Student proficiency will be demonstrated through:

a mid-term (20%-30%) 

a final playing examination (30%-40%) 

regular attendance is critical to student success in this course (30%-40%) 








Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 15