You will be required to prepare a number of different assignments throughout the semester that you will have a lot of choice in completing, both in what types of projects and performances you choose to complete, and the manner in which (ie, with whom) you complete them.
Each of the assignments below are categorized by the type of assessment you may choose to document your learning. You will be required to complete a variety of assessments on a regular basis, on your own and in small groups.
It is expected that recorded materials, where applicable, are shared on this blog with the appropriate assignment category and tag, so that they can be sorted appropriately.
Upload your video assignments to your own or the class Youtube account and post them on the blog using the appropriate category.
Document(ary) of Learning
Narrate your process of learning a specific skill or song on the guitar.
Document of Classroom Learning
Capture an example of classroom learning in action.
Create an instructional video that teaches a specific skill or song on the guitar.
Post a video or recording of a song that really speaks to you, and a description of why. It should be a song that you think everyone should know and want to listen to night and day. We will play 1 song every day at the start of class.
Record a video of a song that you know how to play already. Upload it to youtube, and post it as an assignment on the website. This will be your first ever recording!
Upload your audio assignments to Souncloud.com and link to them / embed them in a post on the blog under the appropriate category.
Explain something about guitar theory, deconstruct one of your favourite songs, provide instruction, or reflection on your own (or our own) learning.
Clips from Class Podcast
Collect voice memos and other recordings from class, and share as your own podcast (with you as host).
Share a recording of yourself (and others) playing.
Download a recording from someone in the class (or outside) playing live music, and record yourself playing along with them.
Record an acoustic cover of a song that, in its initial incarnation, bears little resemblance to a stripped-down solo/duet effort.
Fake _____ Plays Real ______
Adapt children’s books (as most of them rhyme, though why stop there?) in the style of a notable guitarist or performer.
What I’m Working On
Just like it sounds: tell us what you’re working on.
Tell the Story of Your Guitar
What kind is it? Where / how did you come to acquire it? What type of music do you like to play on it? Is there a good story of playing the guitar someplace significant?
Introduce a New Chord
Introduce the class to a new chord, the scales and key(s) it’s a part of, and any other interesting connections you feel are worth sharing.
Where and what was your first musical performance? How did it go? What has performing been like for you since?
Performance Goal Setting
Introduce your goals and how you are approaching your upcoming performance(s).
What can you strum?
For Will, and Clay and anyone else learning / using other strummable instruments, we’d love to ‘meet’ your ukeleles, banjos or bass guitars. And anything else you can strum, of course!
Or, create your own assignment by completing an example and sharing it under a new category on the blog.