The Comprehensive Beginning Guitar Curriculum 1st edition


(2 customer reviews)

by Sarah Gulish

(47 pages)

This is an eBook for digital download.

The Comprehensive Beginning Guitar Curriculum is a must-read for any music educator tasked with teaching a modern guitar class. This detailed text provides philosophy, unit plans, and resources for the development and execution of a relevant and engaging guitar program.

• video examples
• classroom handouts & assessments
• a space for typing notes directly into the PDF


The Comprehensive Beginning Guitar Curriculum is a resource for practicing teachers, whether in a classroom or studio setting. This book contains details for the planning and execution of a comprehensive modern guitar curriculum. It is focused on new music learners, particularly those who are studying guitar in middle or high school. In this book, Dr. Sarah Gulish shares the lessons she has learned from over a decade of experience as a classroom guitar teacher. From class setup and managing expectations, to specific unit plans with accompanying materials, this book contains everything you need to teach beginning guitarists.

The Comprehensive Beginning Guitar Curriculum begins with the history of the specific approach presented in the book along with considerations for embarking on teaching guitar to a wide range of students. The second half of the book contains specific unit plans addressing knowledge and skills relative to playing the guitar. Such skills include fingerpicking, strumming, songwriting, improvisation, and much more. This interactive PDF has video demonstrations linked throughout the content as well as assessment materials and classroom handouts. All unit plans are easily adaptable to a variety of songs and styles and main concepts are presented and supported through projects and activities.

Whether a seasoned guitar instructor or new teacher, this book will provide you with the necessary tools to craft and execute a guitar curriculum that is relevant and accessible to students.

Included with the eBook are…

• video examples
• classroom handouts
• assessments
• a space for typing notes directly into the PDF
• other resources via a shared folder


Sarah Gulish

About the Author

Gulish holds a Ph.D in music education from Temple University. Since 2007, Sarah has taught at Lower Moreland High School located in Pennsylvania in the U.S.A.. She serves as Adjunct Professor of Music Education at SUNY Buffalo State and Temple University. Her teaching centers on creativity and she is an active researcher, writer, presenter, and clinician at the state, national, and international levels. Her experience as a popular musician has influenced her curricula and philosophy as a music educator and is detailed in her book, Creativity in the Classroom: An Innovative Approach to Integrate Music Education.

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2 reviews for The Comprehensive Beginning Guitar Curriculum 1st edition

  1. dallen

    TCBGC is an extremely well thought-out guitar curriculum. It’s clear when reading it that the author values her students, and put their needs at the forefront of this text. Also, the interactive aspects of the PDF are a great plus!

  2. Ryan Van Bibber (verified owner)

    More than a book, this innovative, interactive document is a manifesto, a curriculum, and a nuts-and-bolts guide to including one of the foremost instruments of our day in a school music program. It is an entryway to a community of forward-thinking music educators and performers, as well as a portal to student engagement.

    The content of this work is highly relevant to today’s classroom and presented with a crystal-clear pedagogical approach that will encourage teachers and students alike, regardless of their level of experience.

    It is somewhat of a mystery how the guitar has come to be so neglected in music education when it is so prominent in nearly all other aspects of music. The Comprehensive Beginning Guitar Curriculum lives up to its name to fill this yawning gap in teacher preparation.

    Buy the book. Teach yourself and teach your students. You will not be disappointed!

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