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  • Course Code
    AR.MU070/MU071
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Guitar Ensemble is a year-long course designed to further guitar skills. Students will explore advanced chord shapes and position playing as well as composition and production using modern technology.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Students will write an original song in a folk/rock/pop style.  The song will include melody, rhythm, bass line and drums.
    • Students will solo over complex chord progressions using knowledge of scale patterns and chord shapes.
    • Students will perform musical selections with varying chord structures up the neck of the guitar. 3 string jazz voicings, E form and A form.
    • Students will perform intermediate to advanced literature alone and in a group.







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Unit Description
Details
1Creating: Improvisation
This unit focuses on using the development of improvised musical ideas.
Students will use knowledge of scales to create original improvised solos.


2Creating: Composition
This unit focuses on using modern recording technology to create an original piece of music.
Students will create an original song using modern recording technology.


3Performing: Moveable Chord Shapes
This unit focuses on using the various chords shapes and how they relate to the guitar.
Students will use these shapes to create chord progressions.
4Performing: Jazz Lead Sheets/Chords
This unit focuses on the application of position playing and chord shapes to create music from lead sheet.
Students will create melody, rhythm and bass lines from lead sheet.


5Performing: Position Playing
This unit focuses on using the unique availability of the guitar to play melodies in many different places.
Students will perform intermediate to advanced literature in various positions on the neck of the guitar.


6Responding/Connecting: Music and Me
This unit focuses on using the context of music to describe form and function.
Students will recognize and write about form and context as it relates to music.