Available to: all students with very little or no prior experience with the guitar

Schedule: one semester

Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the music discipline.

This beginning guitar course is open to students with little or no previous experience on the guitar. Throughout the year, students will learn a variety of songs, selected from multiple styles, to bolster the development of basic chord knowledge and coordination between hands, as well as basic chord progressions and finger-picking techniques. Additionally, students will learn to play the ukulele. Basic music theory will be introduced as it relates to the guitar, and students will learn to read guitar tablature, which is widely used in professional musical settings. Students will have several opportunities to perform in class, both solo and with others, and will learn valuable skills to aid in coping with the natural anxiety associated with performing on any instrument. Students should supply their own acoustic guitar, case, picks, tuner (clip on tuner preferable), and metronome. An entry-level Yamaha can range from $150 – $300. The School also rents guitars to students. Assistance and school instruments are available upon review.