The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course is the second of two guitar courses (the other being MUSI2001) that introduce students to elementary guitar technique and musicianship. Students will continue to develop a repertoire of songs and pieces in various styles to independently further their development on the instrument. This course will expand their knowledge of chords, strumming patterns and techniques. Students will be introduced to improvisation techniques and continue to develop their skills so as to be adaptable to different contexts including the primary classroom. Students will be requested to practice specific music repertoire outside of regular tutorial times to successfully complete the course.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. An extension of chords previously used including barre chords and 7ths.

2. An understanding of how chords are built.

3. More advanced strumming and rhythmic patterns.

4. Expanded right hand and left hand techniques.

5. An understanding of common chordal structures e.g 12 Bar Blues.

6. A basic understanding of improvisation techniques.

7. Tuning techniques.

8. Using a capo.


  1. Technical work related to a variety of performance repertoire.
  2. Sequentially selected repertoire of performance materials.
  3. Basic accompaniment skills.
  4. Music literacy skills and aural development appropriate to the level of performance.
  5. Introductory improvisation exercises.


This course is not available to students in the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts programs.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of Introduction to Guitar MUSI2001 or equivalent.

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Assessment 1 - Progress Solo/Group Performance

Portfolio: Assessment 2 - Portfolio Submission

Performance: Assessment 3 - Performance Exam Solo & Ensemble.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term