Applied music- guitar

Course Details

Course Number
AMUS 3382-201
Fall 2018
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Master class on alternating Mondays at 4 PM to 6 in Fain Fine Arts Choir room

Private lessons TBA

Bruce Canafax (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Junior Year

Students should at the end of the 1st semester should have at least 7 of these pieces memorized and have a working knowledge of all the etudes required.

Students should at the end of the 2nd semester should have at least 6 of these pieces memorized and have a working knowledge of all the etudes required from this term as well as the previous one. Previous years etudes must be maintained with a working knowledge.

Students also should be proficient with all the major keys and all the modes along the entire fretboard, They should also be proficient with all triad forms major, minor, diminished and augmented in all positions and adjacent string combinations.


Senior Year


All students at this point should have a working knowledge of the entire 20 Sor Studies and the entire 25 Carcassi studies and most of the Villa-Lobos studies. These are essential works in the developing guitarist's technical and musical growth. These pieces provide the necessary technical and musical skills needed for the guitarist to play more advanced works.

The entire 120 Guiliani right hand exercises should at this point be mastered at a reasonable rate of speed (50-80 bpm) to facilitate right hand flexibility.

All the Segovia scales and major scale modes should have strengthened the student's left hand and created greater awareness of fingering possibilities across the fretboard. All scales should be played at a rate of 100-120 bpm with a 16th note subdivision.

Recognition of triad quality and placement also should add to this flexibility and awareness.

While the under-graduate study of the guitar in college comes to an end, the pursuit of excellence does not. Along with this pursuit is an awareness that a vast amount of literature exists and is available to the performing and teaching guitarist.

At the end of each semester, each student should have 5 to 6 of these works ready for performance. This does mean having them all memorized.

Previous year's music must not be forgotten, especially the etudes. Constant review is needed to maintain a performing repertoire and continued growth of technical facility. If the music can not be remembered through memorization, then it must be remembered through music reading. The ability to read music well is something that must be nurtured as it will provide many benefits to a working musician.

To actively grow as a musician and guitarist, what has been done before must never lie dormant.

Course Expectations

Junior Year


All Major keys and their modes. All triads (major, minor, augmented, diminished) in all inversions

Guiliani 120 right hand arpeggios 81-120



Studies 12, 18, 19, 20 by Fernando Sor

Studies 22, 23, 24, 25 by Mateo Carcassi

Studies 3,7, 9, 10 by Heitor Villa-Lobos



Variations on a Theme of Mozart by Fernando Sor

Danza Characteristica by Leo Brouwer

Prelude 4 by Heitor Villa-Lobos

Leyenda, Granada by Isaac Albeniz

Prelude, Minuet 1 and 2  from the 1st Cello Suite by J.S. Bach

Pieces Caracteristicas by Federico MorenoTorroba

The 3rd 40 arpeggio studies by Guiliani should be played at a rate of 50-80 bpm.

Rondo Op. 22 by Fernando Sor

Rossinane Op. 119 by Mauro Guiliani

La Catedral by Augustin Barrios

Hommage to Tarrega by Joaquin Turina

Prelude 2, 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos

Prelude BWV 998  by J.S. Bach

Elogio de la danza by Leo Brouwer


Senior Year


All melodic minor keys and their modes-three notes per string. Chords on all degrees of scale. Chord Voicing Theory for fingerboard and application. Transcribing.



Studies 4, 5, 2 and 12 by Heitor Villa-Lobos



Prelude, Minuet 1 and 2 from the 4th Lute Suite BWV 1006a by J.S. Bach

Fugue from BWV 998 by J.S. Bach

Choros 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos

Suite Populaire Bresilienne by Heitor Villa-Lobos

Grand Overture Op.61 by Mauro Guiliani

Sonata Op.15 by Mauro Guiliani

Grand Solo Op.14 by Fernando Sor

Suite Compostelana by Frederico Mompou

Omaggio Le Tombeau de Debussy by Manuel de Falla

Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten

Sonata Classica by Manuel Ponce

Sonata in D major by Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco


Selected works of Brouwer, Barrios, Lauro, Rodrigo, Ponce, Granados, Albeniz, Dodgeson, Berkeley, Tansman, Harris, Martin, Scarlatti, Torroba, Turina, Sainz de la Maza, York, Koskin, Zenamon, Domeniconi, Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Grading Standards

Everyone begins with an "A". Progress through all the requirements of the semester must be observed to maintain your grade. There are no excuses good enough for not coming to lesson or class well prepared. Being unprepared consistently will have serious results on your final grade irregardless of how well you perform in your jury.

  • A's are reserved for only those students that achieve the highest quality in their performances, are always well prepared for their lessons/masterclasses and maintain good attendance.
  • B's will be given to those students who exhibit substantial progress through the semester but did not attain the high quality of performance and preparedness achieved by an "A" student.
  • C's and below are reserved for those students who attain minimal progress, mediocre performances and poor lesson/masterclass preparation. I might add that a student earning a C or lower might reconsider their role as a professional musician. Mediocrity in this business should not be an option. Only those students who exhibit their talents through hard work and diligence will achieve the highest level of success.
  • Attendance and lesson/ masterclass requirements will be a factor in the final grade.

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Attendance is mandatory since we only meet 13 or 14 times per semester. If two absences occur, your grade for the semester will be lowered by one letter grade from the final grade earned. For each absence after that, your grade will be lowered one more letter grade.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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