Music 1128

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

Instructor: Andrew Williamson

Email: [email protected]

Text: The Complete Guitar Player: Books 1, 2, & 3 (Complete Guitar Player) (Paperback) by Russ Shipton; ISBN # 082561936X (available from for $23.07)

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: Kyser 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.

• 70% of the student’s grade will be based on lesson attendance, performance and progress. Scale tests may be given sometime during the semester.
• 30% of the student’s grade will be based on final exam.