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MUI1010 Guitar Skills

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Guitar Skills
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
ASCED code : 100101 - Music
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Bruce Woodward


The guitar has played a central role in the making of popular musics in the 20th century and beyond. It has a global reach - finding use with performers and songwriters on stage and in the studio, in the classroom, and in therapy spaces.

This course aims to provide students with a basic level of guitar playing skills from which to build an ongoing practice. In addition to examining the key recordings and literatures of the instrument, students will explore the instrument through basic, practical instruction in various popular styles.


Through an introduction to the basic performance practices of the instrument, students examine the guitar's techniques and literatures, its place within 20th century music, and its cultural significance.

Students will learn basic styles of guitar accompaniment and melody playing, and explore through playing the role of the guitar in a range of 20th century styles - folk, blues, popular and contemporary styles.

Through listening to representative recordings, reading of key texts in the guitar cultures literature, and practical in-class and online playing instruction, students will develop their own creative practice on the instrument. Students are assessed on the creation and evaluation of resource folio, and practical playing assessments on the guitar.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss the role of guitar in contemporary music
  2. Examine, evaluate and discuss guitar performances and texts
  3. Create guitar performances from symbols and notation
  4. Demonstrate introductory accompaniment techniques on guitar


Description Weighting(%)
1. The development of the guitar 10.00
2. The guitar as a global instrument 10.00
3. Genre and style
4. Exploring guitar symbols and notations
5. Accompanying on a guitar 30.00
6. Playing melody on a guitar 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Students must have access to a guitar for practice outside of class time.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 13.00
Independent Study 139.00
Lectures 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESOURCE FOLIO 100 30 02 Apr 2021
Performance Portfolio 1 100 30 07 May 2021
Performance Portfolio 2 100 40 04 Jun 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    On-campus Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Online Attendance Requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Music and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Date printed 18 June 2021