Middle M/J Guitar 1
Number of Credits
Estimated Completion Time
2 Segments/ 32–36 weeks
Earliest Start Date
Never played guitar? Want to know how to play guitar? Do you love music? If you never touched a guitar, been playing guitar forever, or want to be a rock star this course is a great place to start your music education or continue building your skills. No prior music experience is needed. Learn the fundamentals of music and the basic skills necessary to play a wide variety of music styles including simple and full-strum chords, strumming patterns, playing/singing simple melodies, parts of the guitar, and ensemble skills, and explore the careers of significant musicians in varied genres. Student guides, Carlos and Summer, guide students through each step of this journey toward becoming skilled guitarists and musicians.
All you need to get started is a playable six-string guitar and a device that is capable of recording a video, including audio, to submit work to the teacher.
Access the site links below to view the course descriptions from the Florida Course Code directory.
· Three basic types of guitars and their parts
· How to care for your guitar
· Universal three basic positions of holding the guitar
· Identify strings by number and letter name
· Tune your guitar
· Techniques of basic strumming and plucking
· Read and interpret guitar tablature and fretboard diagrams
· Intellectual property
· Chord progressions
· Symbols within music notation
· Recognize rhythm values through listening
· Transfer a melody from standard music notation to tablature
· Rest values
· Standard music notation
· Read and play melodies using standard music notation
· Melody and harmony
· Play with other musicians
· Strategies for listening and learning new works
· Tuning, tempo, balance
Compose your individual song
No prior music experience is necessary, but you must have your own six-string guitar and a way to record and submit a video performance to your teacher.
Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***
***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.
Courses subject to availability.
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