Promoting Music in the San Jacinto Community
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San Jacinto Valley Academy

Guitar Program

 
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About

The after-school guitar program provides students with an opportunity to develop as musicians in a caring and professional environment.  Students are required to establish goals and are provided with support which enables them to remain focused and persist until the set goals are achieved.  Special emphasis is placed on the development of performance skills.  Students are encouraged to perform regularly in a weekly performance class and receive feedback from their peers and mentors.  This setting provides students with the necessary feedback to reflect on ways to constantly improve and contribute to setting a high standard of performance throughout the program.  It also provides student audience members with the opportunity to pose questions, learn to effectively communicate these questions and develop critical thinking skills.  Students learn to apply previous knowledge to new situations and create new pathways of knowledge.  

In addition to developing vital performance skills, the after-school guitar program strives to aid students in becoming self-motivated lifelong learners.  Students are encouraged to be passionate about the arts and research and learn new repertoire.  Students are required to learn pieces from a vast array of musical eras including Renaissance, Romantic and Contemporary music.  As they learn repertoire from each era, they are required to gather data about the time period and environment in which the piece was composed, providing opportunities for cross-curricular learning.
The after-school guitar program encourages students to become effective users of technology.  Relevant classroom lectures and tutorials are posted to the SJVA Guitar website enriching the students learning experience through technology.  This resource provides the students with a chance to reflect and revisit their classroom experience.  Exposure to recording methodology and techniques ensures that students will learn relevant and up-to-date skills in this emerging field.

Ensemble work demands that students learn to communicate with accuracy and empathy.  Specific musical challenges will arise in a collaborative setting which demand that participants learn to use proper terminology effectively and solve problems in a creative and innovative fashion.  Students will learn to become effective listeners and make an effort to understand contrasting perspectives and be sensitive to others thoughts and ideas.


After-School Guitar Schedule

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Classes Offered

Our curriculum and class schedule is custom tailored to provide our students with a well rounded approach to guitar education with classes including: Preparatory Guitar, Guitar I – V, Repertoire Class, and Guitar Ensemble.

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PREPARATORY Guitar

Preparatory Level Guitar, designed for beginning students who have never played the guitar, or who are still developing foundational techniques for guitar playing. Students learn note reading, technique, ear training, music theory, solo guitar playing, and ensemble playing. Students in this guitar class will learn all of the necessary guitar knowledge required to test in to Guitar I.

Grades 4-12

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Guitar I

Guitar Level I, designed for students who have experience playing the guitar and have learned the foundational techniques taught in the Guitar Prep class. Students continue to build on their foundation in learning solo guitar repertoire, ensemble repertoire, and technique. Students in this guitar class will learn all of the necessary guitar knowledge required to test in to Guitar II.

Grades 4-12

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Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble, audition based class designed for varying skill levels. Students engage in ensemble playing and focus on performance repertoire in a group setting. Students learn to work in groups to achieve a common performance goal. Teachers guide students and teach musicality through ensemble pieces.

Grades 4-12

 

San Jacinto Valley Academy

Guitar Concert

Winter - 2017


San Jacinto Valley Academy

Guitar Concert

Winter - 2016


Guitar Purchasing Guide

3/4 Size Guitar

Recommended for grades 4-5

The Yamaha CGS103A 3/4 scale guitar is a designed for students in grades 4-5. This guitar is a 3/4 scale guitar with a small body and shorter scale length which makes it easier for younger students to play. This model is an affordable student model guitar. Students are recommended to have the following items: Yamaha CGS103A Guitar, Gator Mini Gig Bag, Snark SN-1 Tuner, On Stage Foot Rest. Cost of SJVA Yamaha CGS103A Package: $161.00

To purchase the SJVA Yahama CGS103A package please contact Roq Martin.

roq_martin@sweetwater.com

(800) 222-4700 x1634

*Please ask your guitar teacher for a size recommendation before purchasing a guitar.

Yamaha - CGS103A

Gator - Mini Gig Bag

Snark - SN-1 Tuner

On Stage - Foot Rest

 

 

Full Size Guitar

Recommended for Grades 6-12

The Yamaha C40 is a full scale guitar designed for older students, grades 5-12. This guitar is an inexpensive guitar for a beginning student. The full scale length means that students will be able to purchase this guitar and comfortably use it throughout their music education at SJVA and beyond. Students are recommended to have the following items: Cordoba Protege C1, Gator Full Size Gig Bag, Snark SN-1 Tuner, On Stage Foot Rest. 

To purchase the SJVA Cordoba Protege C1 package please contact Roq Martin.

roq_martin@sweetwater.com

(800) 222-4700 x1634

*Please ask your guitar teacher for a size recommendation before purchasing a guitar.

Cordoba - Protege C1

Gator - Full Size Gig Bag

Snark - SN-1 Tuner

On Stage - Foot Rest


Click the link below to access the SJVA Guitar Instructional Video series.


Guitar Syllabus

The San Jacinto Valley Academy Guitar Program basis its curriculum off the the Carnegie Hall - Royal Conservatory - Guitar Syllabus,
in conjunction with the Bridges Guitar Method Book Series, and original exercises and etudes. 
Click the link below to view the syllabus.

Carnegie Hall - Royal Conservatory - Guitar Syllabus