MUS 83B: Beginning Guitar Spring 2013 Room V207 7:45-10.00 p.m. Dr. Brandon Bernstein Email: email@example.com Office Hours: room C121. Can be arranged in class or by email to set up appointment Course Description Introduction to the performance technique of pop/rock guitar as well as music theory fundamentals. Music 83B is a guitar class intended for students that have some experience playing guitar and/or have taken MUS 83A. By the end of the semester the student will be able to read music/tablature on the guitar, know all basic shape chords, know all barre chords, begin fingerstyle techniques, know notes on guitar, have developed their ear a great deal, and have some repertoire of pop/rock songs-both classics and contemporary pieces. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES (Use measurable objectives only) Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Demonstrate proper right and left hand techniques for playing the guitar. Read, recognize and interpret musical notation for the guitar (including all basic musical signs and symbols) to perform melodies and accompaniments in the first position and up to the fifth fret. Utilize common chord formations to perform various accompaniment styles (such as strummed chords and fingerpicked arpeggios). Apply basic music theory to the guitar (including transposition and construction of chords). Demonstrate performance skills by performing solo and ensemble songs drawn from various musical styles. Student Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate the ability to use right hand techniques including: free-stroke, alternate fingers (e.g., index and middle, selected arpeggio patterns taken from Giuliani op. 1A) and rest-stroke using alternate index and middle fingers 2. Maintain proper hand position while playing scales, simple melodies, simple chords, and chord changes. 3. Identify parts of the guitar, terminology, and musical symbols. Student Performance Objectives: (Objectives for all credit courses must indicate that students will learn critical thinking and will be able to apply concepts at college level. Objectives must be related to items listed in Section 11 & 12.) Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to.... 1. Play accompaniments using the following techniques: a. bass/strum b. alternating bass, playing first the root then the fifth of the chord. c. bass runs d. arpeggios (pimapima, pimami) e. syncopated strum patterns 2. Play accompaniment using chords learned in Music 83A plus the following chords: Dmaj.7, Gmaj.7, Cmaj.7, Amaj.7, Fmaj.7, G6, A6, Dm7, Am7, Em 7, Esus, and bar chords based on E and A major, minor and dominant seventh fingerings. 3. Play melodies . in the keys of C, G, D, A and Eb. in 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8. c. that incorporate whole, half, quarter, eighth, dotted quarter and dotted half notes. d. that have syncopated rhythms. 4. Transpose accompaniments. 5. Write and identify major scales and key signatures. 6. Identify and play major and perfect intervals. 7. Analyze phrase structure and simple musical forms. 8. Use counting system to decipher and learn new rhythms. 9. Analyze scales and melodies and choose appropriate fingerings. Course Website www.professorbernstein.com Text And Materials 1. Rock Like The Pros by Terry Carter 2. Students need to bring their guitar to class each week (both acoustic and electric guitars are fine) 3. Guitar Picks 4. Guitar Tuner (Guitars must be in tune at beginning of class) 5. Three ringed notebook (binder) with manuscript paper Grading Grades with be computed using the following scale Class Participation and Attendance Midterm Quizzes and Homework Notebook Final 25% 25% 15% 10% 25% Class Participation and Attendance Participation will be monitored each class and will count towards your final grade. Participation also includes homework and quizzes. Midterm and Final There will be one midterm and final for this course. Each of these exams will be compromised of two parts: one written and one part performance based. The instructor will give the dates. Notebook I require all students to have a three-ringed notebook, which will hold all materials handed out in class. Also included in your notebook will be manuscript paper and chord paper, which I will hand out at the first few weeks of class. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Due to the fact that most of the material in this class is active music listening, Attendance is of utmost importance. Both quizzes and exams will include material that can only be known from attending the class. If a student needs to be absent, he/she must inform the instructor before class by email. Students are expected to attend class regularly and be on time. If a class is missed, it is the student’s responsibility to get the class notes and other missed information. ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS: Students with verified disabilities requiring accommodations should make a specific request of the instructor in a timely manner, at the beginning of the semester and at least one week prior to the verified and identified need. FOOD & BEVERAGE IN THE CLASSROOM: To maintain a cleaner classroom environment and to avoid distractions, food and drinks (except for water in closed containers) may not be consumed in the classroom. Students eating in the room will be asked to leave and will receive an absence for the class meeting. PAGER, CELL PHONE, and OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES: All electronic devices are to be turned off while class is in session, unless prior permission from the instructor is given. If devices are used, the class may be given a pop quiz. Students With Disability: If you have a disability documented by a physician or other appropriate professional and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the DPS office (626-585-7127) ASAP. Please be sure to allow adequate time to arrange an appropriate accommodation. ***THERE WILL BE NO INSTRUCTOR DROPS. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER AND DE-REGISTER.IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL TIME TO COMPLETE A TEST OR IF YOU REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE INSTRUCTOR IN A TIMELY MANNER. OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO ADHERE TO THE INFORMATION INCLUDED ON THIS COURSE SYLLABUS.