GUITARChipola College offers a wide range of opportunities for students interested in studying guitar:
MVS 1116, Beginning Class Guitar
Open to all beginners, this introductory course develops the basic skills necessary to play popular style guitar. No previous musical experience is necessary. Students will learn basic chord and strumming patterns culminating in the ability to play folk-style accompaniment to their favorite songs. Students who wish to pursue more instruction beyond beginning class guitar are strongly encouraged to speak with the guitar instructor about signing up for Applied Guitar for Non-Majors.
MVS 2126, Advanced Class Guitar
Advanced Class Guitar serves to give guitar students experience playing in various ensemble arrangements. Enrollment in MVS 2126 requires approval of the guitar instructor. Working in duos, trios, quartets and quintets, students will gain exposure to major works in the guitar chamber music repertoire. Ensembles will be coached by Fine Arts faculty and will perform regularly for the public. To be considered for MVS 2126, students must be enrolled in individual guitar lessons with the guitar instructor, be able to read standard musical notation for the guitar and must have a foundation in classical guitar technique. Students with no previous experience in classical guitar who are interested in participating in the guitar ensemble in the future are strongly encouraged to speak with the guitar instructor about signing up for individual lessons at the preparatory level.
Applied Guitar for guitar majors and minors
Students with a major or minor in guitar at Chipola College are required to take a one hour, individual lesson in classical guitar each week with the guitar instructor. Lessons will focus on the development of a solid technical foundation and the consistent maturation of the student’s interpretive skills. Upon enrollment, students will either be placed at the college or preparatory level depending on their abilities.
Applied guitar for non-Majors
Applied guitar for non-Majors is open to all students at Chipola College regardless of musical experience. Enrollment in applied guitar for non-Majors is on a space available basis and is subject to approval by the department director and the guitar instructor. Students enrolled in applied guitar for non-majors will receive a half hour lesson in classical guitar every week and will work towards the ability to perform works from the student repertoire by the end of their first semester.