Fall / Winter Concert Reminders!

Year long guitar parents and students,

Students have been working hard all quarter and progressing in their guitar techniques. I am excited for them to be able to showcase some of the things they have accomplished thus far

This is just a friendly reminder that our winter concert will be taking place in just one week, on December 7th. The concert starts at 7:00pm and call time for students is 6:30.

If you would like your student to stay at Lovinggood until they concert starts to help me get everything prepared they are more than welcome to stay. I will provide pizza to those who will stay and help. If any parents would like to send in any 2 liter drinks, cups, plates, chips, that would be greatly appreciated. Just send me an email and let me know how you would like to help.

As far as concert attire is concerned I’m asking students to wear the following:

  • A sweater which can be either tacky or nice
  • Nice jeans without rips or tears
  • Closed toe sneakers (preferably not athletic shoes)

Also don’t forget to add our spring performance to your calendar it will be April 24th @7:00!

Hope to see you there!

Taylor Bowden

This week in guitar

Students if you are in a 9 week class. Your Mid-term test will be this Thursday. It will cover the things we have learned in class so far you can look over your notes to review. Also we will start playing pass off assessments this week so make sure you are using your time wisely in class and are practicing!!

Next Week Year Long Guitar

Be prepared to finish the chorale pass offs next week MONDAY and TUESDAY. You need to have played any 4 of them to get full credit.

Also 8th grade I will check your ability to play the power chord progression for hit the road Jack next week so be practicing this weekend! You can find the music on the 8th grade songbook page.

This week in guitar class (conference week)

Classes will be short so let’s try and be as productive as possible.

Year long guitar: You will have your last 3 pass off opportunities for the chorales this week. Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Pass off list #2 will be due by the end of the day next Tuesday.

8th grade 9 week guitar: parts of the guitar quiz on Tuesday.

6th and 7th grade guitar: parts of the guitar quiz on Thursday.

2nd quarter guitar students this is what you need!

You need to get a folder, binder, or section in a binder you already have to keep your handouts in for guitar class. I will check to see that you have something. This should be brought with you to class everyday.

This week we learned the parts of the guitar next week all classes will have a quiz on recognizing the parts we took notes on.

Standards We are Hitting on This Week

MMSBG.2 – Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

  1. Perform with expression and technical accuracy a large and varied repertoire of

    solo guitar and guitar ensemble literature with a level of difficulty of 1 on a scale

    of 1 to 4.

  2. Perform music from a variety of musical genres, such as blues, rock, jazz,

    classical, American and international folk styles.

  3. Demonstrate correct left hand position and finger placement, right hand

    strumming position with thumb and with pick, posture and instrument position.

  4. Produce a characteristic sound strumming multiple or single strings using a guitar

    pick and right thumb.

  5. Perform basic chord progressions – D, A, E, G, C, em, and am, using I, IV, and

    V7 chords.

  6. Perform natural notes in first position from low E to high G on the high E string.
  7. Perform simple melodies in C Major and a minor.
  8. Perform twelve-bar blues in the key of G.
  9. Recognize awareness of individual and group roles within the ensemble relating

    to correct note-playing, tone, ensemble, balance, tempo, and pulse.

MMSBG.3 – Reading and notating music

  1. Identify notes in the staff and on ledger lines in treble clef.
  2. Read and notate notes in first position without sharps and flats.
  3. Read and notate rhythms containing quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes

    and their corresponding rests in the time signatures of 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4.

  4. Read and perform basic rhythm guitar using D, D7, dm, A, A7, am, E, E7, em, G,

    G7, B7, C, and F chords in first position.

  5. Recognize and execute symbols for basic dynamics, tempo, articulation and

    expression as used in corresponding literature.

  6. Sight-read, accurately and expressively, simple musical phrases and lines with

    only natural notes.

  7. Read and write guitar tabs.

    C. Critical Analysis/Investigate

    MMSBG.6 – Listening to, analyzing, and describing music

    1. Explain basic principles relating to meter, rhythm, tonality, style, and

      instrumentation in selected aural examples.

    2. Identify basic formal structure in aural examples, e.g. verse, chorus, bridge in

      rock and pop songs, AB and ABA form in folk music.

    MMSBG.7 – Evaluating music and music performances

    1. Evaluate the accuracy of rhythm and notes for individual and ensemble playing.
    2. Assess the quality of performance in correct notes, tone, ensemble, balance,

      precision, and rhythm.

      MMSBG.9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture

      1. Describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles

        from a variety of cultures.

      2. Demonstrate stylistic characteristics of a varied repertoire through guitar


      3. Demonstrate appropriate performance etiquette as a performer and a listener in a

        variety of performance settings.

Week After Labor Day

All classes will have 2 pass off opportunities in class this week. The first on Wednesday and the second on Friday.

Remember students you may come in early on Tuesdays and Thursdays to practice and or play pass offs for me. Last week tutoring was completely FULL which is AWESOME (35 people on Thursday!)

Since so many of you are dedicated to coming in and getting your pass off assessments done I am going to start earlier next week @ 8:10 instead of 8:15.