Guitar Major Syllabus for 2023-2024
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MUAP-2264-001 Guitar Major


Prerequisite: Audition or instructor consent

Course Description

One 60-minute lesson per week, minimum 10 hours of outside practice per week required. For music majors, in their major area of performance. Emphasis on development of technique, musicianship and extensive repertoire from contrasting historical periods.

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(2 sem hr; 1 hr lesson, 10 hr practice)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Material as individually assigned


Assignment notebook (spiral or 3 ring binder of any size)


Music as assigned by instructor

Recording device (optional)

Student Performance

After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will demonstrate and intonation, as evaluated by the applied instructor.improvement in playing skills, sight reading skills, memory skills and musicality. The student will be able to perform assigned literature demonstrating correct posture, rhythm, note accuracy,

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Expected Student Behavior

Keep a notebook of assignments, notes, and practice goals.

Students are expected to practice 10 to 15 hours per week, divided equally among the days of the week. 

Students should prioritize practice and learn how to schedule practice time, organize practice sessions, and self-direct improvement plans.

Students should be prepared and warmed up for each lesson.  Lack of preparation for each lesson will have a negative effect on the applied grade.

Record lessons or take good notes.

Know each foreign term in assigned pieces, and study accompaniments.

Music majors will perform twice each semester in Recital Attendance class.

Music majors must perform a jury at the end of each semester (see grading policy).


Grading Criteria


Each weekly lesson will be graded, according to improvement and effort shown on weekly assignments. Students are expected to practice for 10 to 15 hours per week, divided evenly among the days of the week. 

Weekly lesson grades (75% of semester average) will be based on the following criteria:

A - Entire assignment learned and presented in a polished manner

B - Assignment learned, with a few problems

C - Assignment attempted, with many difficulties

D - Poorly prepared lesson, with little outside practice demonstrated

F - Very poorly prepared lesson, with no outside practice demonstrated; or absent from lesson without prior notification (one unexcused absence is allowed)

Jury Final (25% of semester average) will be performed for music faculty at the end of each semester consisting of three to five memorized pieces from the literature studied, plus scales and technical studies, using the following guidelines:

The student is responsible for securing piano accompaniment and delivering accompaniment parts to the accompanist for your jury.  This should be done at least 4 weeks prior to jury, and as soon as possible for any other scheduled performances.  


Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class. In case of absence, the student must contact the instructor prior to the scheduled lesson time to set up a makeup lesson time, at the instructor's discretion. One unexcused absence will be allowed, without affecting final grade. The second unexcused absence will be recorded as an "F" in the gradebook. Three unexcused absences will result in an "F" for the final grade.


The student should contact the instructor prior to the first week of the semester to determine the time for the weekly lesson.  This can be done by e-mailing the instructor (seek link at top of this syllabus), or by calling the Music Department Office (371-5340) for the instructor’s contact information.

First lesson:     Meet with instructor; determine individual goals for semester, choose textbook/music, and receive first practice assignment.

2nd lesson:       Prepare the given assignment, and bring all required materials to lesson.

3rd and subsequent lessons:   Each upcoming week’s assignment will be determined by the progress demonstrated during the previous week’s lesson.

Final lesson, given during last week of the semester:  Several pieces learned throughout the semester, plus appropriate technical exercises such as scales, arpeggios, finger exercises, etc., will be performed for the instructor.

Additional Information

Students should bring thier own guitar to every class meeting.  After the first two lessons the student is expected to bring thier instrument tuned and ready to play.  The student should make sure thier guitar is in working order and is playable.

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Syllabus Created on:

08/20/20 11:38 AM

Last Edited on:

04/10/24 8:36 AM