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University Curriculum


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

Complete the four-lesson improvisation course
Complete Jerry Hahn Method For Jazz Guitar

Solos and Etudes
Shiny Wind Blues in F
GUITAR COMPING by Barry Galbraith

During the third and fourth years of study the student will be required to memorize 50 selections from a list of 117 standards and jazz classics. To pass a tune, s/he must be able to play the melody, improvise a solo over the chord changes, comp the changes for the instructor while he takes a solo, play the melody again and end it without referring to the sheet music. The student must present a copy of each tune at the studio lesson at least one week prior to passing the tune. Listening to various recordings of each tune is beneficial. Tunes passed during the junior level must include

Autumn Leaves (G&Bb)

Blue Bossa


Summer Time

Straight, No Chaser


Now’s the Time

So What

Song for My Father

All Blues


Satin Doll

All the Things You Are

Billie’s Bounce

Stella by Starlight


Suggested Materials
Joe Pass – Chord Solos
Aebersold, Volume 2 NOTHIN’ BUT BLUES
All of the fake books published by SHER MUSIC

INVENTION IV Bach two part inventions (both parts)
Arranged for two guitars by Barry Galbraith. Be able to play any page of
Melodic Rhythms for Guitar by William Leavitt at m.m. quarter note = 80

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 minimum 25 minute Junior Recital is required for advancing to the Senior level. The recital performance must consist of at least four tunes including a twelve bar blues and a “Rhythm Changes” tune. If a Junior jury is required, a level change jury performance will include tunes passed during the Junior year. The tunes will demonstrate the student’s ability to play melodies, improvise a solo, and comp the chord changes.

Jerry Hahn
(316) 648-8271

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