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Syllabus MU164.OLBeginningGuitarClass(Online) ArcadiaUniversity MusicDepartment Spring2013Semester StephenKleiman Office:MurphyHall,Room116 Email:KleimanS@arcadia.edu CellPhone:6107167683 Welcome! WelcometoyourArcadiaUniversitycourse,MU164.OLBeginningGuitarClass.Thegeneralfocusof thecourseistoprovideyouwiththefundamentalsofperformingguitarinasoloand/orensemble situationthatemphasizestodayscontemporarymusic.Technique,Theory,EarTraining,Reading(both Tablatureandconventionnotation),Repertoire,Improvisation,MusicalIdioms,Compositionand Interpretationwillbeincluded.

uded. Thiscourseisdesignedtoenhancethemusicalskillsandperspectiveofthestudent.Creativeand practicaluseofmaterialsnecessaryforperformanceonguitarwillbeexplored. . RequiredMaterials Youwillneedanelectronictuner,capo,extrastrings,PinpullerPegwinder,extrastringpins,Picks(of differentthicknesses),Tool(toadjusttheTrussRod),andasmall(pocketsize)MusicDictionary.A completelistandexplanationisintheMaterials.pdf.FileattachedToUnit1. Norequiredtextbookforthiscourse.YouwilluseArcadia'sonlinedatabasesandotherwebresources. Sincethiscourseisbeingdeliveredonline,yourcomputersystemwillneedtomeetspecifichardware andsoftwarerequirements.Forthiscourse,youwillneedtohaveaccesstoMicrosoftOffice,or softwarethatcanauthorMSOfficeformatslikeGoogleDocsorOpenOffice.WidowsMediaplayerand /oriTunesand/orQuickTime.Additionally,wewillbeusingothersoftwarepackages,butI'vetriedto

utilizefreeprograms.TheURL'sforthoseprogramswillbeprovidedinthecourseattheappropriate location. 1. Headsetwithmicrophone,orabuiltinlaptopmicrophone 2. Skype(conferencingsoftware)http://www.skype.com Prerequisites Noneotherthanaguitar Nopriorknowledgeoftheinstrumentorprerequisitesisrequiredforthecourse Minimum(computer)TechnicalSkillsExpected 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Theabilitytouseamodernwebbrowser,likeInternetExplorerorFirefox,tonavigatewebsites. TheabilitytouseyourArcadiaemailaddresstosendandreceiveemails. TheabilitytolearnMyArcadiafeaturesfoundintheTutorialssectionofthecourse,asneeded. Theabilitytousewordprocessingsoftwaretoread,author,editandsavedocuments. Theabilitytouseasearchengine,likeGoogle,tofindinformationontheweb. A B C D F 90%to100% 80%to89% 70%to79% 60%to69% Failuretocompleterequiredwork Units215:Finger,ChordandPowerChordExercisesand 25% PlayAlongw/Midifiles Songs(playalongw/recordedexamples) 25% MidTerm,quizzes(announcedandunannounced)andall 25% writtenwork FinalExam(performanceandwritten) Introduction Thiscourseisbeingpresentedinanonlinefashion.Itisimportantthatyouloginonaregularbasis(daily ifpossible)andworkonaconsistentbasiswiththevideotutorials,MIDIfilesandSONGexamplesto 25%

Evaluation

completeyourrequirements.Sincewearenotmeetingfacetoface,itwillbeimperativethatyou participateonceaweekviaSkypeconferenceswithyourinstructor.Also,theCyberCafeisavailablefor youtodevelopcommunityoutsideofthecoursecontent. Youwillneedtobeselfmotivatedandtrytostayasorganizedaspossible;developingaschedulewould beagoodidea.Ialsosuggestthatyoulogininthebeginningoftheweek(astheweeklylessonsare posted)anddownloadallassignments(theywillbeinaPDFformatandMIDIfiles)Thiswillallowyouto practicewithouthavingtoaccesstheInternetfortheassignments. RequirementsfortheSKYPElessonevaluation 1. Youwillbeevaluatedonaweeklybasishowwellyoucanperformthatunitsfingerexercisefor independenceofthelefthand,fingerplacement,dexterity,speedandplectrumTechnique. 2. YouarerequiredtomemorizethatunitschordsandplayalongwiththeMIDIfile(s).Therewill beanumberofTempos(relativespeedsoftheMIDIfile)availableforyou(slow,medium,fast). YouwillnotbeevaluatedonhowfastyouplaytheChordexercisebuthowwellyoucan transitionbetweenthechordsinasmoothandefficientnature. 3. TherewillbeweeklyTheoryassignments,bothwrittenandhaveanoralnature.Iwillbeasking questionsthatrelatetothatunitswork.Youwillbeevaluatedonhowefficientlyandsuccinct yourresponsesaretothequestionathand. 4. Attheendofeveryunit(exceptUnit1)willbesongexamplesandsongstylesthatwillutilize thatweeksfingerandchordexercises.Youwillbeexpectedtoplaythesesongs(orpartsof) bothwiththeoriginalrecordedversionandwithout. DiscussionEtiquette Inthiscourse,Iwelcomethecreationofadialoguethatisopen,thoughtful,andfoundedonthebasisof yourwork.Attimes,someofyouwillnotagreeonthepositionsthataretakenintheforum.Thereisa lotofmisinformationoutinthecloudinreferencetoguitarandcontemporarymusic.Iplantodebunk alotofit.Thisdiversityiswelcomed.However,eachstudentmustexerciserespectforthethoughtsand commentsthatarepostedbytheirpeers.Ifanypostedcommentsareinappropriateorofanoffensive nature,theywillberemovedfromtheforumandIwilladdresstheissuewiththeauthorofthecontent. Pleasefollowthefollowingguidelines: Neverpost,transmit,promote,ordistributecontentthatisknowntobeillegal. Neverpostharassing,threatening,orembarrassingcomments. Ifyoudisagreewithsomeone,respondtothesubject,nottheperson.

Neverpostcontentthatisharmful,abusive,racially,ethnically,orreligiouslyoffensive,vulgaror otherwisepotentiallyoffensive.

UnitSchedule Everyunit(ExceptUnit1)hastheexactsameformatandobjectives.Learningtoplayaninstrument requiresadisciplinedapproachtopracticethematerialsnecessaryforperformance. Unit1Objectives EstablishSKYPEconnectionandsetupfirstSKYPEconferencecalltoreviewany questions/problemsregardingMaterials,CoursePedagogy,Tablature,anycomputerproblems relatingtodownloadofpdf.Files,playingofMIDIfiles,andorviewingofVIDEOtutorials(audio andvideo).

Unit1Readings Materialspdf PreTheoryandTheoryIntroductionpdf

Unit1Assignments Downloadallpdf,MIDIandVIDEOsamples TESTyourcomputerscapabilities Practice/Performfingerandchordexercises SKYPEConferencecalltoinstructorforevaluationandcritique

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Units2thru14Objectives Tobeabletoperformthefingerexerciseinasmoothandconfidentmanor.(Moduleobjective) MemorizethatunitsChords(ProgramObjective)andbeabletoperformthechordexercise(s)in asmoothandconfidentmanor(ModuleObjective) TobeabletoperformtheSong(s)inasmoothandconfidentmanor.(Programobjective)

Unit2thru14Readings TheoryLessons(aspostedperunit)andcompleteallTheoryWrittenwork

Unit2thru14Assignments 1. 2. 3. 4. Warmup(fingerexercisesorfingergymnastics) Memorizechord(s)forthatunit PlaychordexercisesforthatunitwithMIDI(playalong)files(slow,medium,fast) PerformthePowerChordExercises(startinginunit4)withtheMIDIfile(s)

5. Performthesong(s)orsongstylesforthatunit(ProgramObjective).Findandlistenvia YouTube,iTunes(etc.)thatunitscontemporarysong(s)andtrytoPlayAlong 6. SKYPEConferencecalltoinstructorforevaluationandcritique Unit8istheMIDTermandReviewofLessons1thru7 Unit8Objectives Reviewandperformthefingerexerciseinasmoothandconfidentmanor.(Moduleobjective) Reviewandperformthechordexercise(s)inasmoothandconfidentmanor(ModuleObjective)

Unit8Readings TheoryLesson

Unit8Assignments 1. MidTermExam(written) 2. Completeallwrittenwork(Theory) 3. SKYPEConferencecalltoinstructorforevaluationandcritique(Programobjective) _____________________________________________________________________________________ Unit15istheFinalExamandLastLesson Unit15Objectives Performthefingerexerciseinasmoothandconfidentmanor.(Moduleobjective) Performthechordexercise(s)inasmoothandconfidentmanor(ModuleObjective)

Unit15Readings TheoryLesson

Unit15Assignments 1. 2. 3. 4. Finalexam(written) Completeallwrittenwork(Theory) SKYPEConferencecalltoinstructorforevaluationandcritique(Programobjective) Pleasecompletethecourseevaluation.Anemailwillbesenttoyouwithalinktoaccessthe onlineform. 5. PlusallotherStandardLessonPlanwork(FingerEx.,Chords,Songsetall)