Performing Arts for Middle School Students
Fundamentals of Acoustic Guitar
Gretchen Eichberger-Kudlack, Instructor
Onekama Middle School 2007/08
Location: Band Room
This class is designed for the beginning Guitar student. Students will learn proper technique, song learning, note reading, rhythmic skills, fingerboard geography, musical style and interpretation, and performance etiquette. The end result of this class will hopefully inspire the student to continue further study independently, advanced classes, or seek a private instructor. The knowledge gained in this class will set the foundation for improvisation and composition, perhaps even the formation of a garage band!
The following itinerary is subject to change depending on the needs of the students.
September 4 &6 – Guitar Drive, History of Guitar, Film, Syllabus
Sep 11 &13 – Guitar Drive, Care of Guitar, History Quiz
Sept 18 & 20 - All guitars will be provided for at this time, How to hold your guitar, stings, and tuning, Care of Guitar Quiz
Sept. 25 & 27 – Chords A and D, Strumming Patterns,
Oct. 2 &4 – Chords G, A, D, Strumming Patterns
Oct. 9 & 11 – Graded Performances
Oct. 16 &18 – chords E minor and A minor
Oct. 23 & 25 – Notes on high E sting, Notes on B string
Oct. 30 & Nov. 1 – Notes on G and D string
Nov. 6 & 8 – Notes on A and Low E string
Nov. 13 &15 Ensemble Rehearsal
Nov. 20 &22 – Ensemble Rehearsal
Nov. 27 & 29 – Ensemble Rehearsal
Dec. 4 & 6 - Ensemble Rehearsal
Dec. 11 & 13 – Ensemble Rehearsal
Dec. 18 & 20 Recitals – Location TBA
Jan 3 – Independent Study
Jan 8 & 10 – Independent Study
Jan 15 & 17 - Final Performance and Written Exam
All students should try to practice daily. Developing a daily practice routine only rewards the student with confidence and real progress. Set clear goals for each practice session and you will achieve positive results. It is your responsibility to yourself and the ensemble to practice your parts daily.
Students will store their instruments in cases in designated areas only. They must be stored in an orderly fashion to help protect the instrument from damage. You are not place your instrument along the walls or walkways. Students who do not properly store their instrument will have points taken away from their final grade.
I am available from 7:45 – 8:00 in the band room for instrument drop off on Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The instrument will be locked in the piano lab. Many students have various activities after school, therefore we will need to make a plan for instruments to be picked up before going home.
Attendance will be taken each day. All students must be in their seat with music and instrument by 2:15. Anytime beyond that point the student will be considered tardy. Any student that is late for class must have a written note. School policy will be followed when addressing class tardiness. Please see you student handbook.
All quizzes and performances will have the same weight. Your grades for the quizzes and performances will reflect you participation, attitude, and self-discipline.