Greenbrier Guitar Class

Course Information

Guitar is a course designed for students to perform, respond, create and connect to music through the guitar. Students will learn basic guitar playing skills, music theory, improvisation, songwriting, and also the growth and evolution of American Rock music. Students will learn guitar concepts in a large group setting and practice these concepts within small groups. Whether new to guitar or a student looking to grow, continued practice and focus on growth as a musician will be key to the success of a student in guitar class.

Assessment/Grading Information:

Students will be graded on the following grading scale for Guitar Class:

  • 30% Summative Engagement Grade: Class Participation and Daily Class Work/Playing.

  • 70% Formative Assessment Grade:

    • Playing Tests 45%: Weekly playing tests will be on Friday to review for each week

    • Written Tests 25%: Weekly quizzes will be held on Friday. All information will be on Google Classroom

"I believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their playing. They just have to identify what makes them different and develop it." Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

Google Classroom Code: f2dmuxc

All class information, including information for weekly quizzes, will be found on Google Classroom.

Remind Code: @6strings96

Required Supplies:

  • · A minimum of five guitar picks

  • · An electronic tuner or tuner app such as GuitarTuna

Recommend Supplies:

    • Acoustic Guitar. Guitar class has guitars for in-school use only. Having a personal guitar will allow a student to take their guitar home to practice·

    • iPad or Tablet device for viewing electronic copies of music

Mr. Boykin's Schedule:

  1. Percussion

  2. Symphonic Band

  3. Wind Ensemble

  4. Planning/Middle School Band Support

  5. Concert Band

  6. Planning/Middle School Band Support

  7. Guitar

The best way to contact Mr. Boykin is via email and responses will be sent within 24 hours.

Mr. Boykin’s Biography

Mr. H. Rutledge Boykin serves as the Assistant Band Director at Greenbrier High School and has the privilege to be the Greenbrier Guitar teacher. Mr. Boykin’s teaching experience includes working at many different schools in the CSRA across all grade levels. Along with teaching, Mr. Boykin has performed music across multiple countries. Mr. Boykin obtained his Bachelor of Music Education from Georgia Southern University. Mr. Boykin has been playing guitar for almost 20 years and believes that learning guitar is a fantastic avenue for students to experience music as well as gain a life skill they can use beyond high school.

"Music is a necessity. After food, air, water and warmth, music is the next necessity of life." Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones