M/J Guitar 1 Pacing Guide

All Year
demonstrate focused attention in class by high achievement on daily formative assessments and periodic summative assessments. (DA.68.S.2.1BAC )
  • performance and written assessments
maintain proper decorum at all times during class and when attending concerts. (DA.68.S.2.1BAC )
  • concert etiquette
  • performance etiquette
observe proper rehearsal etiquette as defined by the director. (DA.68.S.2.1BAC )
  • rehearsal etiquette
observe classroom rules. (DA.68.S.2.1BAC )
  • procedure for entering and exiting the classroom
  • evacuation plan
  • document collection/distribution
  • classroom supply requirements (e.g. journals, pencils, box of tissues)
  • restroom privileges
All Year
interpret unfamiliar English terms using their home language dictionary or an online translator (ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1BAC )
  • how to use a home language dictionary or online translation program
  • how to differentiate between English terminology and musical terminology (e.g., music terminology usually in Italian and usually italicized)
All Year
perform rhythmic and melodic patterns accurately by imitating aural patterns demonstrated by the teacher and/or peers (ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1BAC )
  • procedure for aurally deciphering rhythms (e.g. count singing, speaking rhythms, subdividing)
  • Curwen hand signs and solfegio syllables
  • intervallic relationships
All Year
perform rhythmic and melodic patterns accurately by visually interpreting musical symbols (ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1BAC )
  • pitches on the staff, rhythmic patterns appropriate to the course level
All Year
use fingering charts and other classroom visual aids to accurately interpret and perform musical symbols and abbreviations (ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1BAC )
  • where to find fingering charts in the method book
All Year
communicate withe a peer tutor/buddy for clarification on concepts presented in class (ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1BAC )
  • section leader for students' vocal/instrumental section
imitate sound concepts modeled by the teacher and peers (ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1BAC )
  • how to produce a characteristic tone
recognize, count and notate simple rhythms and rests (ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1BAC )
  • procedure for deciphering rhythms (e.g. count singing, speaking rhythms, subdividing)
rehearse and perform music in class with their peers to demonstrate comprehension and synthesis of skills (ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1BAC )
  • classroom procedures
  • where to locate the rehearsal plan/lesson objectives
  • how to follow the director
  • proper posture and hand position
  • correct fingerings
  • how to take a proper breath while playing and/or singing
All Year
attentively listen to a guest speaker or lecturer, comprehend the information presented, ask relevant questions to further understanding, and discuss the soundness and relevance of the information presented. (LAFS.6.SL.1.3BAC )
  • fundamental components of critical thinking and listening
engage in a discussion with peers about a topic pertinent to the course using domain-specific vocabulary. (LAFS.6.SL.2.4BAC )
  • music vocabulary
identify and perform music notation, tablature, chord charts and symbols of varying styles as it relates to guitar literature (LAFS.68.RST.2.4BAC )
  • traditional music notation
  • tablature
  • chord charts
identify domain specific vocabulary (LAFS.68.RST.2.4BAC )
  • domain specific vocabulary
recognize the connection between a problem and a properly used tool that may provide a solution (MAFS.K12.MP.5.1BAC )
  • a knowledge of the basic tools to perform various jobs (e.g., metronome, tuner, notation software, digital recorder, pencil, reference materials, media resources, maintenance accessories, ear protection, keyboard instruments, microphone, amplifier)
use domain specific vocabulary to communicate precise ideas and opinions with others. (MAFS.K12.MP.6.1BAC )
utilize pattern recognition to read proficiently through unfamiliar musical passages (e.g., scale patterns, arpeggios, intervalic sequences) (MAFS.K12.MP.7.1BAC )
identify and discuss music theoretical structures (e.g., scales, arpeggios, rhythms, form) (MAFS.K12.MP.7.1BAC )
  • basic music theory elements in the areas of pitch, rhythm and form
All Year
identify the use of chord symbology and apply it while performing literature from the guitar method book or age-appropriate literature (MAFS.K12.MP.7.1BAC )
  • first position 1-4 finger major, minor, and 7th chords and the alphanumeric symbols associated with them
All Year
describe and employ active listening techniques when listening to music. (MU.68.C.1.1BAC )
  • active listening is the gateway to understanding a piece of music
identify elements in various pieces such as form, tonality, style period, genre, or instrumentation. (MU.68.C.1.1BAC )
  • musical elements: form, tonality, style period, genre, instrumentation, articulation
identify domain specific vocabulary to describe expressive elements in a piece of music. (MU.68.C.1.2I R)
  • domain specific vocabulary
predict the composer’s intent based on historical context, title of piece, rhythmic patterns, and expressive characteristics. (MU.68.C.1.2I R)
  • predict
  • historical context
  • cultural background
  • employing active listening strategies helps to understand the composer's intent
compare and contrast musical elements heard on a recording with markings on the music (MU.68.C.1.2I R)
  • interpret
monitor personal practice through practice logs and/or recordings that identify specific music goals and address error correction strategies (MU.68.C.2.1E R)
  • music goals-e.g. note accuracy, steady tempo, hand position, sitting posture, fingering, characteristic tone
  • various types of practice strategies
participate in concert experiences as a listener and a performer. (MU.68.F.2.2NTK R)
  • appropriate audience and performance behavior for a variety of musical programs, concerts and venues.
  • an understanding of the various concert venues/genres (e.g., rock, classical, opera, restaurant, clubs, church)
All Year
listen, identify and discuss recordings of renowned American composers, artists, and ensembles that feature the guitar. (MU.68.H.1.3NTK R)
All Year
discuss the development and role of the guitar in relation to the political and cultural events in American history from the early-1800s to the present (MU.68.H.2.1I R)
  • the development of the guitar in America
  • significant American forms of guitar music
classify literature from the method book and/or appropriate level guitar literature by the historic and stylistic periods in Western and non-Western music. (MU.68.H.2.3I R)
  • historical and biographical information about representative musical works and composers as they appear in a chosen method book
  • various periods of music history (e.g. Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, and 21st Century)
All Year
identify the expressive elements in a piece of music and explore the techniques used to execute them on the guitar (MU.68.O.3.2E O)
All Year
perform music of various musical styles, observing the expressive elements inherent or indicated in each style (MU.68.O.3.2E O)
  • contrasting styles of music introduced in the method book or age-appropriate literature
identify and read a melody using traditional music notation (MU.68.S.1.5BAC )
  • how to read standard music notation in treble clef
identify and read a chord progression using alphanumeric chord symbology (MU.68.S.1.5BAC )
  • how to interpret first position alphanumeric chord symbols
perform age-appropriate repertoire from the method book and appropriate guitar literature (MU.68.S.3.1E P)
rehearse and perform guitar literature exhibiting proper technique, phrasing, dynamics, tone quality, blend, and balance (MU.68.S.3.1E P)
  • correct posture (e.g. feet flat on floor, sit up straight)
  • proper hand position on instrument
  • how to identify musical elements such as key signature, time signature, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, and articulation markings
  • musical phrasing (e.g. 4 bar phrases vs. 8 bar phrases, appropriate places to breathe)
All Year
demonstrate proper left hand technique (MU.68.S.3.2E P)
  • Left hand technique with proper thumb position and curved fingers
All Year
demonstrate proper right hand technique when strumming or picking (MU.68.S.3.2E P)
  • Proper right hand technique with pick control
produce a clear sustained tone with correct intonation, using various techniques to affect timbre when necessary (MU.68.S.3.2E P)
  • how to analyze sound production (e.g., fingers firm to fretboard, curved fingers not touching other strings)
First Semester
explore guitarists playing different styles of music through audio of video and compare their technique and expressive interpretation of a piece of music (LAFS.6.SL.1.2BAC )
  • artist interpretation
identify time signatures and explore appropriate strumming patterns and finger picking patterns that correlate with them (LAFS.68.RST.2.4BAC )
  • time signatures
  • finger picking styles
  • strumming patterns
recognize that understanding key terms and vocabulary will improve a musician's ability to perform a piece with the composer's intent and compose and perform original compositions (LAFS.68.RST.2.4BAC )
recognize that the skills needed to identify musical symbols parallel the skills needed in literary works, math equations, science queries, historical events and in society (LAFS.68.RST.2.4BAC )
  • musical symbols - e.g. fermata, repeat sign, clef
  • literary symbols - e.g. punctuation, metaphors
  • math symbols - e.g. % # + =
  • science symbols - e.g. H2O,
  • historical symbols - e.g. flags,
research and identify musical characteristics of a specific style or time period. (LAFS.68.WHST.3.7BAC )
identify the parts of the guitar (MAFS.K12.MP.5.1BAC )
identify and then demonstrate precision in the execution of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic accuracy (attack, duration, release) (MAFS.K12.MP.6.1BAC )
  • note/rest values appropriate to course and literature
  • staff reading skills
using an audio recording, evaluate a personal performance based on teacher- or student-created criteria. (MU.68.C.2.1E R)
  • practice goals
  • methods of error detection skills
  • how to access audio recording technology/resources
identify, describe, and track specific improvements made through rehearsal and practice. (MU.68.C.2.2E R)
  • how to identify progress
  • practice strategies such as spot practicing, correct fingering, working by phrases
critique one’s own performance and the performance of others using criteria and/or rubrics generated through large group discussion. (MU.68.C.2.2E R)
  • domain specific vocabulary that will be used in criteria and/or rubrics including but not limited to: articulation, balance, correct notes and rhythms, technique, tone quality, and expression.
compare and contrast the permissions and limitations of copyrighted music and music in the public domain (MU.68.F.3.2NTK R)
  • the concept of copyright
  • the concept of public domain
explore evolution of American music, e.g. folk, blues to jazz to rock, (MU.68.H.1.3NTK R)
  • the style characteristics of American music forms (e.g., jazz, pop, folk)
understand the use of the guitar and its relationship to American social and cultural life (MU.68.H.3.1NTK R)
discuss the application of music in various media and art mediums (e.g., movies, dance, theater, commercial applications) (MU.68.H.3.1NTK R)
  • musical elements that are used to help convey ideas, feelings, or motives
play a short piece from a chord chart and utilize varied strumming patterns as a means to manipulate rhythm (MU.68.S.1.3BAC C)
  • basic strumming patterns
  • read and interpret chord symbols on a chord chart
First Quarter
read the score for a duet focusing on the first part while listening to a recording, and then listen again focusing on the second part, and discuss how the parts fit together with regard to rhythm, melody, and harmony (LAFS.6.SL.1.2BAC )
  • basic understanding of rhythm, melody, and harmony, and how these elements function together in a musical work
sight-read level-appropriate literature using appropriate expressive elements, phrasing, and articulation (MU.68.S.2.2BAC )
  • how to identify musical elements such as key signature, time signature, rhythm patterns, dynamics, tempo, and articulation markings
  • musical phrasing (e.g. 4 bar phrases versus 8 bar phrases, appropriate places to breathe)
identify the parts of the guitar (MU.68.S.3.2E P)
Second Quarter
compare two performances of a piece being studied in class. Discuss, in small and large groups, choices made by each performing group, analyze the purpose and motives of their choices, and decide how those choices could influence students' own performance of that piece. (LAFS.6.SL.1.1BAC )
  • music vocabulary
  • expressive markings and qualities
  • blend and balance
  • accurate notes and rhythms
Second Semester
compare and contrast written tablature, traditional notation and chord symbols (LAFS.6.SL.1.2BAC )
actively listen to exemplars of representative composers. (LAFS.68.WHST.3.7BAC )
match definitive composers' work to their historical time periods. (LAFS.68.WHST.3.7BAC )
research and identify guitarists from various genres and compare their technique (LAFS.68.WHST.3.7BAC )
identify and then demonstrate precision in the execution of expressive elements such as dynamics, articulations, phrasing, and style. (MAFS.K12.MP.6.1BAC )
  • expressive markings that relate to musical effect regarding dynamics, tempo, phrasing, musical line, dynamics, style, articulations
follow a listening map. (MU.68.C.1.1BAC )
  • listening map
identify exemplary guitarists and discuss various styles and techniques (MU.68.C.2.1E R)
  • exemplary guitarists
  • repertoire exemplars
compare two recordings or performance by the same student or ensemble to identify the effects of rehearsal or practice. (MU.68.C.2.2E R)
discuss the economic impact of concerts on the local economy (e.g., increased revenue at hotels and restaurants, income for parking attendants, ticket sales, souvenirs, etc.) (MU.68.F.2.2NTK R)
list the roles of all of the participants needed to put on a performance event (MU.68.F.2.2NTK R)
  • an understanding of the various aspects of concert production (e.g., lighting, stage set, advertisement)
discuss the use and importance of parody and paraphrase within the creative process and the permissions necessary to use copyrighted material (MU.68.F.3.2NTK R)
recognize and discuss the legal and illegal methods of acquiring music on the Internet and through other media sources (e.g, pirated music vs. licensed music). (MU.68.F.3.2NTK R)
  • how to access file sharing sites
  • a synopsis of the laws governing copyright protections
describe guitar performance styles in at least one other culture including but not limited to Spain and South America and compare them to performances of American culture. (MU.68.H.1.3NTK R)
  • the style characteristics of international forms (mariachi, Spanish, etc.)
using music studied in class, discuss connections between composition and significant historical events (e.g., religion, literature, wars, revolutions, governments/rulers, etc.) (MU.68.H.2.1I R)
  • significant Guitar music from around the world
explore basic acoustics, electronics, and physics as it relates to the development of the guitar and sound production (MU.68.H.3.1NTK R)
  • an understanding of sound production and the physics of frequency and amplitude
create an eight measure variation on a melody from music being rehearsed in class by altering the pitches, rhythm, and/or voicing (MU.68.S.1.3BAC C)
  • how to describe musical elements such as form, rhythm, and voicing
play a short folk song melody from traditional notation with accompaniment from other students (MU.68.S.1.5BAC )
sing a simple folk song while playing a chordal accompaniment on the guitar (MU.68.S.1.5BAC )
play with correct fingerings, moving fluently from chord to chord in first position (MU.68.S.3.2E P)
  • proper finger/fret combinations in first position
  • proper chord fingerings
Third Quarter
compare two performances of a piece being studied in class (presented in diverse formats), discuss choices made by each performing group, and decide how those choices could influence students' own performance of that piece (LAFS.6.SL.1.2BAC )
  • expressive qualities, accurate notes and rhythms, blend and balance, other factors which contribute to effective performances
identify and explain the ethical standards regarding the use of music in social media (MU.68.F.3.2NTK R)
Fourth Quarter
read two versions of a score and compare and contrast the editors intent. (LAFS.6.SL.1.2BAC )
  • the responsibilities of a music editor, and the different editing methods employed (e.g., articulation and dynamic markings)
  • tablature
  • standard notation
  • chord symbols
correctly identify note names and/or counts for a sample melody on the board and clearly present their findings to the class referencing the key signature and time signature to support their claims. (LAFS.6.SL.2.4BAC )
  • key signatures
  • time signatures
  • rhythm counts
  • note names