No experience is required! Students develop the basics of note reading, chords, rhythm, finger picking, blues guitar, and soloing! The skills students learn here can be applied to any style—rock, bachata, R&B, dubstep, country, gospel, tango, jazz, hip hop, or any style you can think of! A special emphasis is placed on academic study of classical guitar technique, but students also explore the music of Santana, Green Day, Wycleff Jean, Eagles, GNR, The Police, Diddy, Weezer, Bob Dylan, Outkast, STP, Ray Charles, Tom Petty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Isley Brothers, Temptations, Beatles, and many more!
There are several optional opportunities for advancing students who wish to excel in music including all-county, solo and ensemble, and many optional field trips. Students earn medals for many of the extras. Colleges love music students who excel in music!
Falling Creek has sponsored a guitar program for its students since the fall of 2015!
The guitar ensemble presents a winter and spring concert annually, and we also perform in VBODA District Solo and Ensemble Assessment. There are approximately six required after-school rehearsals in preparation for these events. Additionally, students are required to practice at home for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.
When a student enters a performing organization, it is vital that the student and his/her parents accept the responsibility attached to that privilege and meet performance obligations. Failure to participate at a public performance or failure to attend a major rehearsal for reasons other than those listed below will be valid criteria for dismissal from the performing group and/or will be taken into account as a part of the grading process.
Excuses for absence from performances and major pre-announced rehearsals include the following circumstances:
- personal illness or serious illness of a member of the family;
- direct participation in religious services (cleared well in advance);
- other school functions (cleared with the performing arts teacher at least four weeks in advance);
- other extenuating circumstances (at the discretion of the performing arts teacher).
Guitar is a co-curricular class. Students must be enrolled in the school guitar class AND commit to a number of rehearsals and concerts outside the school day. These required dates are announced at the start of the school year.
Students must provide a their own acoustic or classical guitar and music books – (Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Bk. 1 ($7) and Easy Pop Melodies ($7). Please purchase your guitar from a store which specializes in musical instruments. There are many bargain priced guitar-shaped toys available which will NOT work for a school music class. Electric guitars may not be used for this class. Additional information is distributed during the first week of classes. Please email the director with any questions.
Concert attire for gentlemen: Collared (oxford type) dress shirt with a tie or bowtie, dress pants, dark socks, and dress shoes. Suit jacket is optional. No polo shirts.
Concert attire for ladies: Long dress pants or a long (ankle-length) skirt, with a dressy solid color blouse (no see-through, no sleeveless, and no exposed cleavage), and dress shoes. (Flats are fine).