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Guitar Standards


 
Eight Semester Progression for Guitar
Semester MUAP 1218 / 3218
(Performance Track)
MUAP 1118 / 3118
(BA General, BME, BMT)

Fresh 1
Review of fundamental technique
Position scales (Major) – 4/72
Simple Arpeggios – 4/90; 3/120
10 minutes of repertory (RCM 4-5)
Review of fundamental technique
Position scales (VII / Major) – 4/40
Simple Arpeggios – 4/66; 3/90
6 minutes of repertory (RCM 3)
 


Fresh 2
Complex stroking, dynamic control, slurs, complex barres; articulation
Position scales (Major & minor) – 4/76
Complex Arpeggios – 4/90; 3/120
10 minutes of repertory (RCM 4-6)
Simple barre and slur work, simple dynamic and color control, position change technique
Position scales ( all / Major & minor) – 4/48
Simple Arpeggios – 4/72; 3/96
6 minutes of repertory (RCM 3)
 


Soph 1
Extended barres, slurs, complex articulation
Position scales – 4/88; Single String Scales
Arpeggios – 4/108; 3/136
Tremolo – 4/108
12 minutes of repertory (RCM 5-6)
Review of fundamental technique
Position scales – 4/60; Single String Scales
Simple Arpeggios – 4/90; 3/120
10 minutes of repertory (RCM 4-5)
 

Soph 2
Advanced techniques, complex articulation
Full Fretboard Scales – 4/90
Arpeggios – 4/116; 3/154
Tremolo – 4/116
12 minutes of repertory (RCM 5-7)
Complex stroking, dynamic control, slurs, complex barres; articulation
Full Fretboard Scales – 4/60
Arpeggios – 4/90; 3/120
10 minutes of repertory (RCM 4-6)


Junior 1
Advanced independence
Full Fretboard Scales – 4/96
Arpeggios – 4/124; 3/160
Tremolo – 4/124
15 minutes of repertory (RCM 5-7)
(includes Concerto movement)
Extended barres, slurs, complex articulation
Full Fretboard Scales – 4/72
Arpeggios – 4/108; 3/136
Tremolo – 4/108
12 minutes of repertory (RCM 5-6)
 


Junior 2
Full Fretboard Scales – 4/104
Counterpoint Scales
Arpeggios – 4/136; 3/168
Tremolo – 4/128
15 minutes of repertory (RCM 6-8)
Junior Recital (30 mins. RCM 5-8)
Advanced techniques, complex articulation
Full Fretboard Scales – 4/90
Arpeggios – 4/116; 3/154
Tremolo – 4/116
12 minutes of repertory (RCM 5-7)
 


Senior 1
Full Fretboard Scales – 4/112
Arpeggios – 4/144; 3/176
Tremolo – 4/132
20 minutes of repertory (RCM 7-9)
(includes Concerto movement)
Advanced independence
Full Fretboard Scales – 4/96
Arpeggios – 4/124; 3/160
Tremolo – 4/120
15 minutes of repertory (RCM 6-8)
 


Senior 2
Full Fretboard Scales – 4/120
Arpeggios – 4/144; 3/184
Tremolo – 4/136
25 minutes of repertory (RCM 7-10)
Senior Recital (50 mins. RCM 6-10)
Full Fretboard Scales – 4/104
Counterpoint Scales
Arpeggios – 4/136; 3/168
Tremolo – 4/128
15 minutes of repertory (RCM 6-8)
Optional Junior Recital (30 mins. RCM 5-8)

 Expectations
 
1.   If you are accepted into the classical guitar program it means we believe you can get through the syllabus with an A.
 
2.   The syllabus lists minimum standards and work to be done. You MUST achieve the minimum before you will be allowed to move to the next level. The grades of A and B represent sufficient achievement to move to the next level. The grade of C represents borderline work. Only one C is allowed, and unless you make up the deficit by the end of the next semester you will not be allowed to move to the next level of the syllabus. The grade of D, while representing some progress, is NOT sufficient to move you to the next level, and you will have to consider another major. Under special circumstances (injury, illness or family emergency) students will be given an incomplete and allowed to complete a semester's work in the following semester. Students who receive D or F must understand that their work is judged to be insufficient to complete the syllabus, and these students must consider another major.
 
3.   To get an A you must demonstrate both technical development and musical/interpretive skill. It takes more than fast scales to make an A, and it takes more than good musicianship as well. You must be able to demonstrate good musicianship with good technique.
 
3.   Students are expected to practice a minimum of one hour a day in the 1118 / 3118 sequence, and a minimum of two hours each day in the 1218 / 3218 sequence.
 
4.   Students should not expect to be able to keep up with their studies with less practice time. Grading is based on achievement, not good intentions, nor time spent. If it takes you four hours a day to get the job done, plan on it.
 
5.   All repertory must be memorized except for chamber music and unusual 20th century repertory.
 
6.   All majors and minors are expected to attend Guitar Studio weekly as scheduled. Minors who have an unavoidable schedule conflict will be excused for that semester.
 
7.   All students are expected to go to as many recitals as possible – of all kinds. Chamber music recitals are especially significant. Expect to pay for good guitar recitals.
 
8.   Your grade is based on work done in lessons and your jury grade. Generally, if you don't complete at least 70% of the work contracted for a given semester, don't expect to pass. Minimum work completed at a minimum level will earn you a C. An A is earned only by completing minimum work at extraordinary levels of technical and musical skill; or more than minimum work at high levels of technical and musical skill.
 
9.   If you get through the 1118 / 3118 sequence with an A it means you have a very respectable musicianship and technique. I expect you to be out there playing now!
 
10. If you get through the 1218 / 3218 sequence with an A you should be able to get into most decent graduate programs in the country. Go for it!
 
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