Central Dauphin High School

437 Piketown Road Harrisburg, PA 17112 • 717.703.5360

Quality to the Core

Guitar Class

Current Unit

Learning to play notes on the third string. Once students have learned the notes on the third string we will play both melody and chords for some holiday songs.


This is a course for beginners or for students who have studied previously and wish to continue their study of guitar. You will learn simple folk-song type material using varied melodic style as well as modern chording styles. Activities are geared to learning staff notation, chord patterns, and rhythm. Practicing is done during class sessions on instruments provided by the school. You can expect to become a moderately good player.


Youwill learn open chords, movable chords, accompaniment techniques, and avariety of playing techniques and styles including both the pick-styleand finger-style approaches to the guitar. Musicfundamentals, theory, songs, performances, listening, composing,improvising, analyzing, and reading standard notation and tablaturewill be included in this course.



  1. To learn how to play chords, accompaniment and melody on the guitar
  2. To learn how to read music notation, chord diagrams and tablature
  3. To develop an understanding of music fundamentals and theory
  4. To learn how to perform, write and create music
  5. To develop the ability to analyze, describe and listen to music
  6. To develop an understanding of music as it relates to history and culture


Students will be evaluated through playing tests during and at the end of each unit. Students will have a chance to bring in songs of their own choice to work on with the class.

Last Modified on December 6, 2016