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Guitar

Period 5 Room C16

Ms. Mallory Legman


Email: mlegman@branfordschools.org
Website: bhsid.weebly.com
BHS Mission Statement
The mission of Branford High School is to prepare students to be independent and collaborative
learners who are responsible, informed, and contributing members of society. In partnership with the
community, we strive to provide a learning environment that supports all students in embracing
diversity, acting with integrity, and achieving their personal and academic potential.
Instrumental Music Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Branford High School Instrumental Music Department is to stimulate an aesthetic
experience by immersing students in music and cultivating opportunities for them to create, perform,
respond, and connect. Music is a necessary part of a well-rounded education for every child. BHS music
courses promote students immediate and long-term musical development and prepare them for lifelong
musical engagement as contributing members of the community.
Course Description
In this class, students learn the basics of guitar technique using both classical and popular music. Both
beginning and advanced students will learn to play melodies, scales, counterpoint, and chords. Students
do not need to own a guitar but are invited to bring their own to class. No prior musical experience or
skills are required.
Topics covered may include but are not limited to:
Tuning
Reading and performing from standard music notation
Reading and performing from tablature (TAB)
Playing melodies
Playing chords
Device/Cell Phone Policy
The only time cell phones may be used is for tuning guitars at the beginning of class. Other than when
tuning, cell phones and other devices are not permitted in class. They should be set to silent and put
away.
Food & Drink
Water is the only beverage allowed. No food, gum, or other drinks are permitted. See Ms. Legman if you
need to eat a quick snack before class.
Grading
Students will be individually assessed on their performance of music in the eMedia Guitar Lessons
computer program. Performances will be assessed on the following criteria: rhythm, pitch, tempo, and
fingerings/strumming patterns. Written homework will be rare, but students may choose to sign out a
guitar for home practice. See next page for Guitar Performance Rubric. Because grades rely heavily on
classwork, students diligent participation in the learning process will be assessed, as well.

Guitar Performance Rubric


Rhythm
1 The student does not show an understanding of rhythm.
2 The student plays most rhythms incorrectly.
3 The student plays some rhythms incorrectly.
4 The student plays most rhythms correctly.
5 The student plays all rhythms correctly.
Pitch
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The student does not show an understanding of pitch.


The student plays most pitches incorrectly.
The student plays some pitches incorrectly.
The student plays most pitches correctly.
The student plays all pitches correctly.

Tempo
1 The student does not show an understanding of tempo.
2 The student plays mostly at an inconsistent tempo.
3 The student plays at a consistent and correct tempo sometimes.
4 The student plays at a mostly consistent and correct tempo.
5 The student plays consistently at the correct tempo.
Fingering
1 The student does not show an understanding of fingerings/strumming patterns.
2 The student plays with many incorrect fingerings/strumming patterns.
3 The student plays some correct fingerings/strumming patterns.
4 The student plays mostly correct fingerings/strumming patterns.
5 The student plays consistently with the correct fingerings/strumming patterns.