LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL COURSE GUIDE COURSE TITLE: Guitar 1, 6th/7th period GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 TEACHER NAME: Mr. Tanner ROOM: 1215 EMAIL: Tannerj2@issaquah.wednet.edu PHONE: (425)837-4885 COURSE WEBSITE:__________________ COURSE DESCRIPTION: Guitar 1 is a beginning level guitar class designed to take students from not knowing how to hold a pick to strumming chords to their favorite songs. This is a performance-based course and students will perform together as a class, in small groups, and solo on a regular basis. Students will have the opportunity to learn the music they want to learn as well as American rock/pop classics and cutting edge songs by today’s indie bands. Come to class ready to sing (at least as a class) as well as pay the guitar! MATERIALS: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Acoustic guitar (no electric guitars or amps) Tuner (I prefer the kind that attach to the headstock) Extra set of strings. (medium gauge) Medium picks Capo Three ring binder (small--.5 inch or 1 inch) RELATED ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC LEARNING REQUIREMENTS/OVERALL COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of the semester when your friend asks, “Hey, _____, play us a song!” You will be ready and able to play a song. And your audience will enjoy it! That’s why we learn guitar, right? In order to attain this level of musicianship students will acquire the following skills: Students will be able to: 1. Tune the guitar. 2. Restring the guitar. 3. Hold a pick correctly. 4. Strum numerous rhythms with good time. 5. Play all open position chords. 6. Pick single-note lines. 7. Build a repertoire of ready-to-play songs. 8. Play and sing at the same time! 9. Read rhythms and guitar tablature 10. Begin improvising. COURSE CONTENT Students will learn the above skills in the service of learning great American pop and rock music as well as the music they love. Major Learning Activities and Assessment Tools In-class group playing In-class independent/peer-to-peer learning at home practice and listening in-class group and solo recitals in-class listening activities In school school performances (?) STUDENT BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS Be on time. No electric guitars and/or amps (except for the days when I allow it). Immediate tune your guitar (when you know how) when you first sit down. Be respectful. Always come prepared to do everything it takes to become a better musician. Come willing to sing (I won’t make you sing a solo, but I welcome anyone who wants to sing one!) Always come prepared with your instrument, tuner, strings, music, No food, gum, or drink in class. (Water in sealable containers is ok.) Failure to comply with behavior expectations will result in a lowered participation grade. Go to the bathroom before class/rehearsal (because that is what musicians do). TEACHER GRADING EXPECTATIONS GRADING SCALE 93% - 100% A 90% - 92.9% A– 87% - 89.9% B+ 83% - 86.9% B 80% - 82.9% B– 77% - 79.9% C+ 73% - 76.9% C 70% - 72.9% C– 67% - 69.9% D+ 63% - 66.9% D 60% - 62.9% D– 0% - 64% F GRADE WEIGHTING Participation 40% Quizzes Listening assignments 30% Recitals 30% Participation: Students will lose participation points for tardiness, not participating, disrupting class, not following the classroom rules, sleeping, and showing disrespect to any person in or out of the room. Students will receive zero participation points on any day where they have forgotten their instrument or music Please contact the teacher if there are any question about the policies or if there are special circumstances. Recitals: Recitals are either solo, duet, or group performances during class time or outside of class time. These performances are opportunities to share music and showcase development. If you received less than 8/10 on a recital grade and would like to retake it, you are welcome to make up grade before school, afterschool, or during lunch. Recitals must be made up within four weeks of class. Quizzes Some quizzes are written and some are short performance quizzes on specific techniques. TEACHER HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS/POLICY Just like any class at Liberty High School, this class always has homework. Students and parents should be aware of the practice expectation: all students are to practice a minimum of 2 hours a week. ** A tip from someone who was done a ton of practicing--cramming the home practice into one or two long sessions will not be as effective as playing more frequently for shorter segments. Students are also encouraged to see live concerts of any musical genre to provide motivation and help develop musicianship. Students are responsible for meeting make-up work and paperwork deadlines. Late work is not accepted unless the student has previously spoken with the director about an extension. Paperwork deadlines will be announced.