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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 2576

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

Semester Approved: Spring 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2023
End Semester: Spring 2024

Catalog Description: This course provides students with instruction in the fundamentals of guitar beyond the beginner level. Students will learn to construct basic chords, and focus on strumming and fingerpicking patterns. Students will be expected to learn both standard notation and tabliture. Course fee.

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


Prerequisites: MUSC 1576, or instructor's permission.

Justification: There is great demand for guitar instruction among the the general student population. Courses like this one are common at other USHE institutions. This course provides a low cost introduction to a musical skill that will last a lifetime.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate and abilty to construct open and barred chords in mulitiple voicings. This outcome will be assessed via periodic playing tests, and the mid-term and final exam.

Students will demonstrate competence in fingerpicking and strumming patterns.  This outcome will be assessed via periodic playing tests, and the mid-term and final exam.

Students will demonstrate an ability to read both standard notation and tabliture.  This outcome will be assessed via periodic playing tests, and the mid-term and final exam.


Content:
The content of this course will include: basic and intermediate level chords, a variety of fingerpricking and strumming patterns, standard notation and tablature, an introduction to improvisation, and performing and studying historical and cultural context of a variety of literature and musical styles that relate to both acoustic and elctric guitar.

Key Performance Indicators:
Playing Tests 30 to 35%

Mid-Term Exam 30 to 35%

Final Exam 30 to 35%


Pedagogy Statement:
This course will be delivered via hands on demonstration and instruction.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture/Lab

Maximum Class Size: 15
Optimum Class Size: 12