Cohasset High School Guitar
This course will instruct students from beginner to intermediate level players to acoustic guitar playing. Emphasis is placed on note and tab reading, technique, chord construction and playing, and solo and duet playing. A limited number of guitars are available for the class.
Upon Completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Play various scales, chords, and chords progressions with correct technique
- Perform with technical accuracy a repertoire of literature as solos, duets, and ensembles
- Utilize correct terminology to describe, and critique their own performances and the performances of others
Daily assessments are given to the students each time they are in the classroom. These daily assessments are divided into four categories. The scale is a 1-4, 1 being that the student did not show any interest in participating and utilizing knowledge and 4 being that the student utilized any and all knowledge of proper rehearsal structure and singing techniques. The average of daily assessments are worth 50% of the class grade. The daily assessments standards are attached.
There will be numerous playing quizzes over the 10 weeks of the quarter. Some of these quizzes will be announced, some will not. The quizzes will consist of playing: scales, chord progressions, chord arpeggios, and short songs or duets. The total of these quizzes will be worth 25% of the final grade.
At the end of units, students will be asked to perform (privately and publically) several songs of varied length and styles. The total of these playing tests will be worth 25% of the final grade. There are no re-takes. The rubric for the playing quizzes and tests are attached.
Written quizzes (10%):
Along with numerous playing quizzes there will also be numerous written quizzes which will less of a “quiz” and more of a “check-in” to ensure that knowledge is cumulating and not being forgotten. These quizzes will accumulate in content over the course of the 10 week class. Again, these quizzes will be graded by standards 4, 3, 2, 1.
This is the break-down of the standards by which the Playing Quizzes and Tests are graded
4 Fingering is correct, guitar is positioned correctly, hands are positioned correctly, and there are no mistakes with strumming or plucking
3 Finger is mostly correct, guitar is positioned correctly but hands are a little off, and there are one or two mistakes with strumming or plucking
2 Finger is inconsistent, guitar is positioned incorrectly as are hands, along with several mistakes with strumming or plucking
1 There is no effort shown in attempting to use correct fingering, body or hand positioning, there are too many strumming or plucking mistakes to count
4 Articulations are played correctly and in accordance with what is written in the music
3 Articulations are playing mostly correctly and in accordance with what is written in the music
2 Articulations are inconsistent with what is written in the music
1 Articulations that are played have no relation to what is written in the music
4 Phrasing is done smoothly and in accordance with what is written in the music
3 Phrasing is done smoothly and in accordance with what is written in the music with one or two errors
2 Phrasing is inconsistent with what is written in the music
1 There is no indication of any phrasing.
4 A steady tempo is kept throughout the entirety of the playing quiz or test. There are no pauses, stops, or restarts.
3 A steady tempo is kept throughout the entirety of the playing quiz or test with one or two pauses.
2 A steady tempo is NOT kept throughout the entirety of the playing quiz. There are stops or restarts.
1 There is no indication of any tempo.