Class Guitar

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 138

       Course Name: Class Guitar

       Credits: 2 (1 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course designed for students with or without knowledge of music to acquire skills of playing guitar.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To demonstrate command of music.
  2. To identify fundamentals of music theory.
  3. To perform in recital.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Notes and rhythm. Tuning. Notes on sixth string. Rest stroke with thumb.
  2. Notes on fifth string.
  3. Notes on fourth string.
  4. Review of sixth, fifth and fourth strings.
  5. Notes on third string.
  6. Notes on second string.
  7. Notes on first string.
  8. Review of treble strings.
  9. Sharp and key signatures.
  10. Free stroke
  11. 16th notes.
  12. Key and chords of C major.
  13. Key and chords of a minor
  14. Key and chords of G major
  15. Key and chords of e minor.
  16. Final exam preparation.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Seminars, lectures and demonstration.  Group and individual instruction.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Lecture, demonstration, discussion and self-paced laboratory.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Representative Materials such as:

Classic Guitar Technique by Aaron Shearer (Belwin Mills Publisher)
Introduction to Guitar by R. Pick (Forester Music Chicago)

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation and critiques of student progress by the instructor each class session.

Final exam is the performance of two solos from memory.  Suggested pieces are "Allegro" by Giuliani, and "Estudio" by Aguado (from text by A. Shearer).

XI.   Other Course Information

Regular attendance mandatory

Late assignments must be made up

Portion of lesson time devoted to ensemble music

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.