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MUSI 095-52 - Guitar Proficiency

(0 hours) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. For Music Therapy majors, Students must (a) play all first position chords and move readily from one chord to another in the context of songs; (b) play all barre chords based on A, Am, A7, E, Em, and E7 and use them in song repertoire; (c) demonstrate the ability to use advanced accompaniment patterns, including strumming and finger-picking; and (d) readily transpose 3-chord songs from one key to another. This is demonstrated through the preparation and performance of songs that are appropriate for a variety of age groups and represent a variety of styles/genres (see “Guitar Proficiency Guidelines”). Should be attempted during the semester in which the student is enrolled in MUSI 152-52 Guitar for Music Therapists. A student who does not pass the Guitar Proficiency at that time must register for Studio Guitar Lessons to prepare for Guitar Proficiency and must register for, and pass, Guitar Proficiency during that same semester. In addition, Guitar Proficiency is required for Advanced Standing, typically awarded following the third of six Music Therapy Clinical Experiences (MUSI 361).

For Music and Worship majors, this degree requirement is a testing of a student’s ability to demonstrate performance skills necessary to lead worship singing and playing songs requiring open and barre chord accompaniments.  The student must demonstrate a foundational ability to perform other standard guitar skills at an intermediate level in a typical worship setting. Students must (a) Play all major, minor, pentatonic, and blues scales in keys up to 4 sharps, and 2 flats. (b) Move readily from one chord to another, using basic chord progressions in the Major keys of C, G, D, A, E, F, B; and the following progressions in the Minor keys of a, e, b, f#, d, g. (c) Demonstrate the ability to modulate smoothly up a minor and major 2nd within the context of a song. (d) Demonstrate the ability to use advanced/accompaniment patterns, including strumming and arpeggios with a pick, and finger-picking in the proper context of a song. (d) Demonstrate the ability to use a capo to play open chords while following music in the original key. (e) Readily transpose 3 or 4 chord songs from one key to another, up and down the interval of a major 2nd and a minor 3rd. (f) Demonstrate group song-leading skills by playing and leading/singing 1 song. (g) Demonstrate ability to play power chords within the context of a song. In addition, a student who does not pass the Guitar Proficiency by the appropriate time must continue to take Studio Guitar Lessons until the proficiency is passed. 

  This course cannot be challenged.

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