Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts



First Advisor

Lanier Sammons


In this paper I will discuss the importance of a well rounded pedagogy for beginning guitar students. The existing piano pedagogy has courses outlining lessons and appropriate pieces correlated with lessons in technique, theory, ear training, sight reading, as well as other disciplines; the guitar has nothing like it to compare. I will also include a creative project including examples of piano lessons adapted for the guitar, including theory ideas using the fretboard, finding intervals on one string using half steps represented by the frets, and example pieces that offer a variety in genres, among other things. I will draw from the existing piano courses available to the young student and expand upon the already existing guitar lesson books. I will also draw on articles and publications advocating for a well rounded education in music. I hope to show that, as the popularity of the guitar continues, a pedagogical approach to the instrument should also evolve. Piano might be the more established discipline, but there’s no reason to take music education less seriously with the guitar. Many students get by without learning to read music, or get stuck learning just one style of music, even though the guitar is one of the most versatile instruments out there.