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University Curriculum



All sophomore guitar students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas to pass on to junior level. Students failing to meet the following technical standards may continue to study at the sophomore level until proficiency is demonstrated.

All Required Material is selected from Complete Jerry Hahn Method For Jazz Guitar unless otherwise noted.

Scales and Arpeggios

Melodic Minor, Lydian, Lydian Dominant, Locrian, Super Locrian (Altered), Diminished, and Augmented – Five positions in the key of G - transposed to any key.
Scales must be performed in eighth notes at m.m. quarter note=184. Corresponding arpeggios must be performed in quarter notes at 184.

Be able to play any chord form in any key from pages 137-140
Be able to play pages 136-157

Solos and Etudes
Be able to play pages 72 – 135



So What

Straight, No Chaser

Billie’s Bounce

Now’s the Time


Memorize the chord melody and the chord changes to

Body and Soul


Satin Doll

Chord forms are selected from pages 27-30 in Vol. 3.


Be able to play any page of Rhythms Complete by Charles Colin at m.m. quarter note = 80 and the first thirty-five pages of Melodic Rhythms for Guitar by William Leavitt at m.m. quarter note = 72 including comping the chord changes in both books.

Sight Reading

You will be expected to read an appropriate piece on sight during each jury. The Real Book is a sight-reading source.

A general sophomore level of jazz awareness and musicianship should include a thorough knowledge of jazz harmony and chord construction. A sophomore level student should be comfortable performing in a group playing twelve bar blues, tunes with simple forms, and modal type tunes. An appropriate jury performance for a level change to the junior level should include any scale in any key listed on this page, a solo or etude from Complete Jerry Hahn Method For Jazz Guitar, a chord melody arrangement, and be able to read any page from Rhythms Complete by Charles Colin.

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