Guitar 1 is a performing arts class where the emphasis is on learning how to play the guitar. Students will study the many styles and techniques that are found in guitar playing. They will learn how to read music notation, guitar tablature, play chords, accompany other musicians, as well as improvise. Students will apply music theory and learn the history of the guitar, its significance in the music world, and how the instrument is featured in many of the cultures of the world. Students will study song writing and recording com-ponents and perform in small ensembles. Guitars must be taken home and brought back to school each day. At home practice is required and essential for success in this course.