FAYM

FAYM

Fredericksburg Area Young Musicians

Group Beginning Guitar Classes

There are up to three levels of Group Beginning Guitar, depending on interest, all for students aged 8 to 18.
Length - one semester
Class Size - 5 (min.) to 14 (max.)

Group Beginning Guitar Testup and Audition Requirements

At this time, there is not a testup requirement to move up to the next level, although the class teacher may determine that a student needs to repeat a level before moving up.


Group Beginning Guitar Prerequisites

Our group beginning guitar classes are NOT meant to replace private lessons! If you are already taking private lessons in guitar, you should not sign up for these group classes. 


The group guitar classes are meant to be a brand new introduction to playing the guitar. FAYM only offers up to 3 levels of guitar. When a student has completed the offered levels of FAYM guitar classes, if the student wants to continue the study of guitar, he/she should seek out a private instructor for continuing study.

Ages - 8 to 18
No previous musical experience required, and no previous guitar experience allowed to enroll in level 1
Enrollment in level 2 requires completion of level 1
Enrollment in level 3 requires completion of level 2

Group Beginning Guitar Class Descriptions

Guitar 1


This class is for students who have NOT previously taken lessons in guitar. Students will be introduced to the BASICS of guitar playing, including tuning, basic notation, tab, playing single note melodies, and chord playing.

The goal of this class is to introduce the student to music through the guitar. At the completion of all levels, students can choose to pursue guitar further through private lessons, or to continue their study of music through a different instrument.

Homework:
daily practice of assignments, method book pages, and concert music


Required Book:  Students must purchase Hal Leonard Guitar Method with CD, Book 1; and the Guitarist's Tabulature Book, by Peter Vogl. 


Materials required: folding music stand; class method books; musical instrument (own or rent); metronome; tuner, pencil

 

 


Guitar 2


This class is for students who have NOT previously taken lessons in guitar. Students will continue to learn the BASICS of guitar playing, including tuning, basic notation, tab, playing single note melodies, chords, strumming patterns and other concepts introduced in book 1.

The goal of this class is to introduce the student to music through the guitar. At the completion of all levels, students can choose to pursue guitar further through private lessons, or to continue their study of music through a different instrument.

Homework:
daily practice of assignments, method book pages, and concert music

Required Book:  The Hal Leonard Guitar Method with CD, Book 1 (possibly Book 2); and the Guitarist's Tabulature Book, by Peter Vogl, both from the level 1 class

Materials required: folding music stand; musical instrument (own or rent); class method books; metronome; tuner, pencil




Guitar 3


The level 3 guitar class will continue with the basic playing and technical skills introduced in Guitar 1 and Guitar 2, but have a stronger focus on ensemble playing. Music may include parts for multiple guitars, and students will be expected to be more independent with their reading, learning, and playing of parts.

Homework: daily practice of assignments, method book pages, and concert music

Required Book:  The Hal Leonard Guitar Method with CD, Book 1 or 2; and the Guitarist's Tabulature Book, by Peter Vogl, both from the level 1/2 class

Materials required: folding music stand; musical instrument (own or rent); class method books; metronome; tuner, pencil