Course Outline and Syllabus AHS COMMON SYLLABUS
GUITAR CLASS FEES: $50 - covers the workbook and guitar usage
ALL FEES will be paid online through the Alpharetta HS main school website on the OSP page. "Online School Payments" is the first button from the left on the homepage. Search the course title and follow the prompts. Thanks in advance for taking care of this.
Hands On Training (H.O.T.) Book One (red) – Marsters / Prasse / Welch. This is a consumable workbook every student will be required to have. Worksheets are included in the book, and you will be asked to write in the margins – therefore you must own the text to participate in the class.
The guitar is a “consumable” instrument – they are made from wood and electronics - and will deteriorate over time. As a result they must be worked on periodically and eventually, replaced. Strings also break on a regular basis and must be replaced as well.
This is a beginning music course for students with little or no formal training on the guitar. Music fundamentals covering basic theory, notation, and rhythm will be covered.
The main focus of the class will of course be learning to play the guitar!
1. The student will be able to play guitar!
2. The student will be able to identify the fundamentals of musical
through guitar performance.
3. The student will apply basic music theory and guitar fundamentals to musical
No musical experience is required to take class guitar – only a desire to learn how to play! Students will be expected to complete guitar performance tests (proficiencies) on their guitar. In addition, students will complete periodic worksheets.
Grades will be based on performance proficiencies, worksheets, written tests, and class participation. Grades will be assigned as follows:
60% - MAJOR (summative) - skill proficiencies (played on Guitar)
25% - MINOR (formative) – written quizes
15% - PRACTICE - worksheets, guts recitals, participation
Provision for Improving Grades
AHS RECOVERY/RISE (RE-TEACHING/INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT POLICY):
1. All students will have one (1) opportunity each nine-week period to redo/retake one (1) major assignment for improvement; eligibility for retakes is for students earning a 79 or below. However, you cannot improve your grade beyond a 79. In other words, a perfect score on the retake is a 79 in the gradebook.
2. Student retakes must be completed before the next summative assessment is given - or five (5) school days before the end of the marking period if there is not another major assessment given (teachers can make exceptions for students who have excused absences during this 5-day window).
Students must complete all missing work at least ten (10) days prior to the end of the 9-week grading period. Students can earn up to full credit for make-up work.
RISE SCHEDULE: Friday, 7:40-8:15 AM / 3:25-3:50 PM, by appointment only.
GUITAR 1 – SEMESTER 1 SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
Obviously this is approximated and will be adjusted accordingly based on Universal Remote Learning challenges, progress, and skill level of the individual student and of each class. You may certainly work ahead as you acquire the skills!
Week 1 – “D” progression, parts of the guitar, reading a lead sheet (proficiency 1), tuning (look below the Scope and Sequence for free apps)
Week 2 – “G,A” progressions (proficiency 2), written test 1
Week 3 – “E” progression, tuning process, recital 2
Week 4 – “Em, Am” progressions, 12-bar blues, guitar ensembles, written test 2
Week 5 – (proficiency 3), recital 3, “C” progression
Week 6 – (proficiency 4), recital 4, written test 3
Week 7 – first position playing; notation reading, rhythm, written test 4, (proficiency 5)
Week 8 – melodies on string 5 and 6, (proficiency 6), written test 5
Week 9 – melodies on string 4 and 5, (proficiency 7), written test 6
Week 10 – melodies on string 1 and 2, (proficiency 8), accidentals, enharmonics
Week 11 – ensembles, (trios / quartets), written test 7, review all chord progressions from 1st 6-weeks
Week 12 – intro to bass playing, written test 8, (proficiency 9)
Week 13 – guitar ensemble recitals
Week 14 – begin “E” barre chords, (proficiency 10)
Week 15 – continue E barre chords, written test 9
Week 16 – begin “A” barre chords, (proficiency 11), written test 10
Week 17 – drill “E” and “A” barre chords; guitar ensemble recital w/barre chords
Week 18 – review for semester exam; semester exam