Courses

All guitar classes or lessons are arranged according to your schedule that you submit to the music dept.

 

GUITAR I- MUS 10351 (1 credit)

Beginning Guitar (No Prerequisite)

Description – One 50 minute class per week

Guitar I is a step-by-step, user friendly, interactive approach that is fun yet challenging. Students play music immediately. This course is designed to accommodate each student’s aptitude with different options within a unified set of goals. It includes reading standard notation, intro to chords and solo pieces using fingerstyle and classical techniques (plucking with the fingers instead of a pick). The style of the music ranges from Blues to Beethoven including “Pop Melodies” like The Beatles, Elton John, Sting and Motown hits.

You may get Guitar 1 materials in advance by contacting Stephen Miller at smiller2@nd.edu or 574-255-9343.

Grading: S or U (reasonable for elective course.)

Students are graded by attendance and participation.

Goals for Guitar I

  1. To develop confidence playing simple solos and group pieces.
  2. To introduce foundational music skills of reading, rhythm, chord strumming and picking styles.
  3. How to play pop song arrangements from sheet music.

This course is meant for those that have:

  1. Never had any formal training on the guitar reading standard notation. (See note below)
  2. Only played with a pick and have had no fingerstyle or classical technique. (See note below)
  3. Not played the guitar at all.
  4. Had no experience on any instrument.
  5. Had training on other instruments, but not guitar. (See note below)

 

Note to guitarists and/or those with formal training on other instruments:

If you have played the guitar but have not had any formal training that includes reading standard notation on the guitar or right hand fingerstyle techniques, you should enroll in Guitar I. If you have no experience playing guitar but you can read music from other formal studies other than guitar you should take Guitar I, but you may be able to move to Guitar II if you can assimilate the material in the first few weeks of Guitar I. 

GUITAR II- MUS 10352 (1credit)

Description: Guitar II builds on the fundamentals of Guitar I using the same step-by-step interactive approach. Chord styling is developed by learning solo and ensemble music. The style of the music ranges from Blues to Vivaldi including “Pop Melodies”. It is for those who have had Guitar I or equivalent training. Includes ensemble pieces, solos, chords and arpeggios.

Note to guitarists: If you have played the guitar and have not had any formal training that includes reading standard notation on the guitar or right hand fingerstyle techniques, you must enroll in Guitar I. If you can assimilate the material in Book I, you may move to Guitar II by request within the first few weeks of classes. Anyone enrolling in Guitar II must have training equivalent to Guitar I. If you are not sure that you have, you should first contact Stephen Miller at smiller2@nd.edu or 574-255-9343.

GUITAR III- MUS 10353 (1credit)

For those who have had Guitar II or equivalent studies. Intermediate music including solos, ensemble pieces and advanced techniques.

Description: Guitar III continues in a step-by-step format with interactive group pieces as well as solos. Styles include Classical, Blues and Spanish selections as well as repertoire pieces by Fernando Sor and Carulli. Technical goals include: playing in different keys, arpeggios, strumming patterns and development of right hand alternating. The music has greater depth and difficulty.

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

Guitar for Non-Majors- MUS 11350 (1-2 credits, no credit)

For those who have had Guitar III, equivalent studies or by permission of the instructor. Includes position studies, advanced repertoire preparation, solo and ensemble pieces in Classical or Jazz. May include improvisation and reading Jazz charts and arrangements, standard notation, chord development, Major, minor, modal and pentatonic scales. Improvisation styles.

Music Majors - MUS 51350  (2 credits)

Study for guitar majors that includes: classical repertoire, technique, interpretation and preparation for a major recital performance. Primarily classical guitar, but may include advanced Jazz studies.

Guitar Ensemble Group Lesson – MUS 10354 (1 credit)

One 50-minute class per week. Each student must have permission from the instructor to enroll. A great outlet for players with experience and some formal training, but are not necessarily interested in taking lessons. Classes focus on ensemble playing of classical and jazz arrangements with multiple parts. Students must be able to read standard notation on the guitar and have equivalent studies to Guitar III. Meeting times are arranged around each student’s academic schedule that they submit upon enrolling at Crowley Hall. A six-string acoustic guitar or classical guitar is required. An evening performance will be scheduled at the end of each semester.

For those not enrolled in private or class guitar this course is a great way for skilled guitarists to play in an ensemble format as an outlet and to better develop skills like timing and expand fretboard abilities and musicianship.

Guitar Ensemble Group / Private Lesson- MUS 10355 (2 credits)

Includes both a weekly half hour private lesson and 50 minute ensemble class. Each student must have permission from the instructor to enroll. Classes focus on ensemble playing of classical and jazz arrangements. Students must be able to read standard notation on the guitar and have equivalent studies to Guitar II or more. Those enrolled will be placed in an ensemble class of four or more students and a private ½ hour lesson. All class and lesson times are arranged around each student’s academic schedule that they submit upon enrolling at Crowley Hall. A six-string acoustic guitar or classical guitar is required. An evening performance will be scheduled at the end of each semester.

For those who want one-on-one instruction and ensemble playing as an outlet to better develop skills like timing and to expand fretboard abilities and musicianship.