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Introduction to Guitar The beginning guitar is designed for students who have the desire to learn to play guitar.

Throughout the semester, students will learn the basic elements of music notation and basic guitar techniques. By the end of the semester, students will be able to perform duets with other class members, as well as perform as a guitar ensemble. Beginning Guitar Expectations Be prepared for class every day with a pencil and your folder. Enter the room on time and quickly get out your guitar and other. Once your guitar is out, tune it and get set up in your seat your music notebook and other necessities. Do not interrupt or talk to others when the teacher or other students are addressing or playing for the class. Always make your best effort to play with proper technique and posture. Put your guitar and accessories away properly. The last two minutes of the class will be used as time to pack up. Return to a seat until the bell rings. No food or drinks (except water) Use in class practice time effectively. Beginning Guitar is graded on a points system. Points earned divided by points possible determines the final percentage. The point values of various assignments are as follows. Class participation is worth 100 points per marking period. Please see the class participation rubric. Written tests are worth 100 points each Playing tests are worth 50 points each Written Quizzes and Playing Quizzes are worth 25 points each. All class work and homework assignments are worth 5 points each. Class Participation Rubric 93-100 Always participates when the class plays or does activities as a group Always uses in class practice time effectively, and Shows tremendous improvement and works to full potential Always plays with proper technique and posture 85-92 Usually participate when the class plays or does activities as a group Usually uses in class practice time effectively Shows daily improvement and is working to near full potential Usually plays with proper technique and posture. 76-84 Sometimes participates when the class plays or does activities as a group

Sometimes uses in class practice time effectively Shows some improvement, but is nto working to full potential Plays with proper technique and posture only when prompted. 68-75 Rarely participates when the class plays or does activities as group Rarely uses in class practice time effectively Shows minimal improvement and is not working to full potential Does not play with the proper technique and posture, even when prompted. Failing Does not participate when the class plays or does activities as a group Does not uses in class practice time effectively Shows no improvement Does not play with proper technique and posture

5 Pitches/Note s All notes are played correctly

4 There are one or two mistakes

1 There are more mistakes than correct notes There is no semblanc e of rhythm or beat.

Point s

There are There few are mistakes many mistakes

Rhythm/Beat The rhythm and beat are completel y accurate

The rhythm is almost completel y accurate, but there is some hesitation .

Tuning

All strings are in tune. Proper playing

Posture

One string is out of tune. Proper playing

Rhythmic accuracy becomes comprise d at times, but the student does maintain a rhythmic pulse at times. Two strings are out of tune. Proper playing

Rhythmi c accurac y is rarely adhered to thus, blurring the beat.

Three strings are out of tune. There is very little

There is no attempt at tuning. There is no

posture is adhered to at times.

posture is adhered to almost always.

posture is adhered to most of the time.

attempt to adhere to proper playing posture.

attempt to adhere to proper playing posture.

Guitar Performance Test Rubric


CATEGORY 25 Proper fingering All Chords
strings ring

20
Proper fingering. One finger misplaced

15
Proper fingering. Two fingers misplaced.

10
Improper fingering

Chord changes

On time clean and quick Infrequent errors in chords sound right away switching on time not all fingers get to the right place at the right time on a few occasions

Frequency of mistakes begins to interrupt flow of song hesitation on some chords

Frequent hesitation on chord changes performance is halting

Strum Pattern

Up and down strokes are Infrequent errors or all correct and wrist flows "stutters" in the loosely without strumming interruption

Strum pattern not Incorrect pattern, and correct, but is adjusted frequent stutters and so that there are few hesitations hesitations or stutters

Strumming

Strumming gives the Strumming gives the instrument a professional instrument a tone quality. professional tone quality but too much or too little pressure is occasionally applied to the strings. This does not detract from the overall performance.

Too much or too little pressure is applied to the strings which somewhat detracts from the overall performance.

Too much or too little pressure is applied to the strings which significantly detracts from the overall performance.

Tempo

Steady tempo throughout One or two tempo Tempo is unsteady, glitches with immediate with several glitches, recovery but large portions stay within a tempo, even if it is not the original one

Unsteady tempo, hesitation in performance, tempo choice not close to requirement

Rhythm

The beat is secure and the rhythms are accurate for the style of music being played.

The beat is secure and the rhythms are mostly accurate. There are a few duration errors, but these do not detract from the overall performance.

The beat is somewhat erratic. Some rhythms are accurate. Frequent or repeated duration errors. Rhythm problems occasionally detract from the overall performance.

The beat is usually erratic and rhythms are seldom accurate detracting significantly from the overall performance.

Tone Quality

Tone is consistently focused, clear, and centered throughout the range of the instrument. Tone has a professional quality.

Tone is focused, clear and centered through the normal range of the instrument. Occasionally too little pressure is applied to the finger board but does not detract from the overall performance.

Tone is often focused, clear and centered. Sometimes the tone is uncontrolled in the normal playing range.. Too little pressure is applied to the finger board and occasionally detracts from the overall performance.

The tone is often not focused, clear or centered regardless of the range being played. Incorrect pressure is applied to the fingerboard which significantly detracts from the overall performance.