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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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MUA 124 - Applied Guitar

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

1 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 0
Total Lab Hours: 45
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course offers one half-hour lesson of private instruction on guitar per week, with a minimum of 30 minutes of practice per day. The goal is the development of both fundamental and advanced instrumental techniques. This course helps students build confidence in public presentation and enhance their personal responsibility to achieve a higher level of personal performance, consider the amount of individual practice time required to reach their highest level of performance, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce.  Permission of the instructor is required.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Permission of the instructor is required.

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: Lesson Fee: $130.00

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
  • Develop competence and expressive capabilities on the instrument including: tone quality, intonation, rhythm, musicianship, articulation and technical skills.
  • Appraise skills needed to perform a variety of musical styles and genres.


  • Model performance abilities and stage presence.

Course Objectives:

Unit One:

• Make use of music terminology in all discussion and written work.

• Apply specific terminology in all manuscript work.

• Participate in sight-reading exercises.

• Demonstrate ability to read rhythms, key signatures and meters.

• Demonstrate knowledge and application of controlled breathing techniques to promote a supported tone.

• Become familiar with and skillful in the production of an open, relaxed “vocal” tone.

• Illustrate an understanding and use of correct intonation.

• Discuss common perceptions and individual likes/dislikes.

• Listen to and discuss performance styles of various performers.

• Exhibit positive work attitude.

• Present self-ensemble in a positive image.

• Practice effective work habits.

• Accept responsibility.

• Cooperate with others.

• Communicate effectively to maintain working relationships.

• Practice ethical behavior.

• Attend other ensemble performances.

• Discuss and create alternative solutions to problems or situations that arise.

• Daily assess own contribution to the ensemble.

• Participate in ensembles in and outside of the college.

Unit two:

• Demonstrate and apply knowledge of all musical terms in performance practice.

• Maintain a proper posture in both rehearsal and performance.

• Maintain a high level of poise and showmanship during all rehearsals and performances.

• Maintain a practice schedule and log time spent in private/small group rehearsal.

• Apply knowledge of musical style in the performance of varying musical genres.

• Attend a wide variety of cultural offerings in and out of the community.

• Participate in formal and informal discussion critiques.

• Routinely assess effectiveness and quality of ensemble performance.

• Organize and sponsor music/theatre workshops for area junior high/high school students and their instructors.

• Perform at various college and community functions.

• Take part in service learning activities sponsored by Iowa Central in conjunction with area middle and high schools.

• Gain a working understanding of the entire instrument, including overtones.

• Develop a personal repertoire of music from the standard literature of composers and titles.

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