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Beginning Guitar

Course Description/Overview

This course is for students who have a) never played guitar, b) never read music, or c) both. Students with previous experience playing guitar may advance directly to Intermediate Guitar/Guitar Orchestra, and should contact the teacher for details.

The course work is rigorous, relevant, rewarding, and consists of four kinds of learning: 

Using Knowledge

Learn concepts, vocabulary, how to read musical symbols, and learn about musical structure.

Developing Skills

Develop a number of performance skills and techniques

Thinking Creatively

Learn to make creative choices in order to play with meaning and intention


Evaluate what you hear, and become a critical listener, making connections to the greater world.

This four-pronged approach offers a variety of ways to demonstrate learning, and ensures that music education is not strictly for those who are 'good at music.'