The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself. We hope this instrument will contribute to your inner motivation and inspire you to study, practice, create, enjoy and achieve something amazing.


Beginner Level

In this first level, you will learn the fundamentals of Classical Guitar Playing, the elements of Western Music Notation and basic coordination skills. You will practice the different ways of playing: strumming, fingerstyle, and flatpicking. Simple chords are introduced and basic theory will help you navigate the musical repertoire.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Western Music Notation. Rudiments of Music.
  • History and evolution of the guitar. 
  • Anatomy of the guitar. Learning the open strings.
  • Tuning your guitar. Types of tuning.
  • Posture and fingering. PIMA.
  • The bottom three open strings: E, A, D.
  • Thumb stroke. Right Hand Walking Bass.
  • Open String Duets. First and second endings.
  • Top three open strings: G, B, E. i and m strokes.
  • Tirando and Apoyando.
  • Left-Hand Notes. First position.
  • Understanding Time Signatures.
  • Simple Chords. Introduction to the CAGED system.
  • Thumb and fingers on open strings.
  • Chord diagrams and tabs.
  • Strumming techniques. Flatpicking.

Intermediate Level

In this Level, you will learn higher Music Theory which will allow you to understand the relationship between chromatic music notes and major scales and how they are used in practice. Barre chords are introduced, and Arpeggio techniques will be mastered. The repertoire in this level leads directly to the ABRSM grade 1 and 2 preparation.

Topics include:

  • Major Scale Theory.
  • Accidentals & Chromatic Scale
  • Half barre chords.
  • Chord changes. Enharmonics.
  • Arpeggio techniques. PIMA and PAMI.
  • Simple fingerpicking.
  • Tones and Semitones.
  • Key Signatures. Circle of Fifths.
  • Dynamics and deviation.
  • Scales: from Modes to Blues.
  • Ties and slurs. Legato and Staccato.
  • Dotted rhythms. Irregular time signatures.
  • Tempo markings. Second Position.
  • Chord construction and chord progressions: I, IV, V, I.

Advanced Level

In this level, we will investigate the advanced music theory and repertoire in more extensive detail and explore the way it relates to classical guitar playing.

Advanced plucking, strumming, improvisations, double strums, irregular rhythms, and rhythm changes are introduced. The topics have been coordinated with the ABRSM syllabus so that you are prepared to take any ABRSM exam:

  • Two-Voice Textures-introduction to Polyphony.
  • Full barre chords. Using a guitar capo.
  • Review of the full fingerboard.
  • Intervals. Thirds and Octaves fingering.
  • Non-conventional strumming patterns 1-4 Transposition of Chords.
  • Basic tonal music analysis. Phrasing and articulation.
  • Music Arrangement and Composition.
  • Advanced Fingerstyle plucking.
  • Dominant 7th chord. Turnarounds. Strumming with muting.
  • History of Music: A review of the guitar composers and their
  • Repertoire through the ages.

Family class or (Joint Class) or Shared Class 

Shared lessons are designed for 2 or 3 people at the same level. It is great for people who have the same goals and interests. Popular combinations include siblings who are close in age, parent-child, couples, and best friends. 
This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers - grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones, and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in playing listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers - parents, grandparents, can play with the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience.

Music is more than the instruments and voices. It's more than rhythm and movement. Music is a powerful force that can inspire, create community, and build family bonds. And it can be life-changing to develop our inner music-maker as early as possible. 

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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Trial fee is chargeable at $40. However, upon signing up immediately after the trial, the fee will be waived.
Students and Parents have the responsibility of checking their trial booking. Viva School of Music and Ballet will send an email confirmation for each successful booking.

In case of a change of the trial, it must be amended at least 24 hours before the specified trial time. Otherwise, the trial will be deemed as confirmed.

The Management at Viva School reserves right to amend and update the teacher’s schedule. In the case when a teacher is absent, Viva School will find a replacement teacher for the booking trial. If no replacement is scheduled, may be allowed credit for the trial missed.

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