Academic Catalog

MUS 38C: GUITAR ENSEMBLE III

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (36 total per quarter)
Advisory: Enrollment subject to audition and instructor assignment.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Description

Continuation of MUS 38B, focusing on the study, rehearsal, and public performance of guitar repertoire (both guitar-only ensembles and guitars with other instruments), with emphasis on the development of the skills needed to perform within an ensemble. Students continue to develop ensemble abilities and will learn to perform musically, rhythmically and with accurate intonation with greater emphasis on dynamics, facility, and performance. Students learn to switch between melodic and accompaniment parts quickly and appropriately. Repertoire includes more intricate pieces by Bach, Pachelbel, Villa-Lobos, and Paganini (based upon instrument availability). Students learn to critique both their own and others' performances. Instructor will coach throughout.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Play at a third quarter level with accuracy of pitch and rhythm within a guitar ensemble.
B. Play at a third quarter level with the ability to switch easily between melodic and accompaniment parts.
C. Play at a third quarter level with a variety of tone colors to meet the artistic style of the repertoire.
D. Play at a third quarter level using dynamics and expressive markings in the musical notation.
E. Sight read melodic and accompaniment parts at a third quarter level.
F. Play with attention to steady pulse and rhythmic unity of ensemble.

Course Content

A. Guitar Technique
1. Posture/position
2. Dynamics
a. Free stroke
b. Rest stroke
3. Nail care
B. Musical Skills
1. Notation
2. Expressive markings
3. Rhythmic accuracy
4. Chordal harmonies
5. Dynamics
C. Performance
1. Interpretation
2. Presentation
a. Aural
b. Visual
3. Communication
4. Stage etiquette
D. Practice
1. Daily
2. Self-evaluation
E. Repertoire
1. Variety of historical periods
a. Medieval
b. Renaissance
c. Baroque
d. Romantic
e. Contemporary

Lab Content

A. Guitar Technique
1. Posture/position
2. Dynamics
a. Free stroke
b. Rest stroke
3. Nail care
B. Musical Skills
1. Notation
2. Expressive markings
3. Rhythmic accuracy
4. Chordal harmonies
5. Dynamics
C. Performance
1. Interpretation
2. Presentation
a. Aural
b. Visual
3. Communication
4. Stage etiquette
D. Practice
1. Daily
2. Self-evaluation
E. Repertoire
1. Variety of historical periods
a. Medieval
b. Renaissance
c. Baroque
d. Romantic
e. Contemporary

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Music stands.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Exams/tests: Guitar rehearsal, performance
B. Group projects: Sectional rehearsal
C. Class work: Reading notation, playing, articulation
D. Lab activities: Rehearsal
E. Class performance: Individual and group assessment

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Critique: Individual and group
B. Lab: Practice, rehearsal
C. Lecture: Historical style and technique
D. Observation and demonstration: Instructor and student demonstration and observation

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Britten, Benjamin. Folksong Arrangements Volume 6. England: Boosey & Hawkes, 1961.

Paganini, Niccolo. Six Sonatas. Op. 3. Boca Raton, FL, 1985.



Although these texts are older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, they remain seminal texts in this area of study.

 

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading Assignments:

1. Sight read notation of selected sheet music, e.g., "Overture" from the Nutcracker Suite as arranged by the Accidentals (Edinburgh classical guitar orchestra).

2. Read notation for the "Canon in D" by Pachelbel.

B. Writing Assignments:

1. Prepare notation with expressive and phrasing marks.

2. Perform the "Suite" by Gilbert Biberian.

C. Other Assignments:

1. Write review of guitar performance focusing on technique and artistry of performance.

 

Discipline(s)

Music, Commercial Music