Troy University
J. M. Long School of Music
MUS 1128 Syllabus
Applied Guitar

Instructor: Andrew E Williamson


Text: Modern Guitar (Paperback) by Andy Williamson;

Course Objective: This course is intended to develop the student’s technical capabilities, knowledge of literature, pedagogical skills, and overall musicianship in order to achieve the goal of professional competence and to provide a means of self-actualization for the potential performer, educator and life-long musician.

Evaluation: The student will be evaluated at the beginning of each term in order to determine the relative strength of basic skills involved in guitar performance. A plan of study will then be determined by the instructor, and the assignment of exercises, solos, etudes and other literature will be selected with emphasis strongly placed on those basic skills that need the most attention. The student will be re-evaluated at the end of the term in order to determine progress and growth.

• The student is expected to practice every day as this is the assigned homework for the student’s major instrument.
• The student is expected to maintain his/her instrument in top working order.
Items needed:
 Capo – optional
 Grip Master – optional
 Thin pick – required
 A 440 Tuning Fork – required

• If the student is not prepared for a lesson, he or she may be asked to leave.
• Lessons can be made up if the instructor is notified in advance. Illness and a university excuse are the only valid excuses.
• All students will play a jury as a final exam.
• Note: Students who are or may be dealing with a disability or learning impairment should speak with the teacher or contact the Office of Adaptive Needs Program (Eldridge 102), or call 670-3221. Various accommodations are available through the Adaptive Needs Program. You must advise your teacher if any special accommodations are necessary.
• The syllabus is a tentative description of the course. The teacher reserves the right to alter the course from the syllabus description at any time during the semester if the teacher believes such a course alteration will promote learning that is more thorough.
• 10% of the student’s grade will be based on lesson attendance.
• 30% of the student’s grade will be based on performance and progress
• 30% of the student’s grade will be based on Home Work
• 20% of the student’s grade will be based on chords.
• 10% of the student’s grade will be based on scales.