Guitar for the Music Educator: Level II

Guitar for the Music Educator: Level II

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Designed for music educators who have already taken the primer level course, Guitar for the Music Educator Level I, Guitar II continues to explore accompaniment styles, improvisation, reading music beyond the open and first positions, playing slurs, triad exercises and much more. This course will help teachers break out of their routines and integrate new instructional strategies with tools that will help inspire a lifetime of music in the lives of their students.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Play all major and minor triads in at least three positions on the neck.
  • Read music notation in multiple positions including open, 3rd, 5th and 10th.
  • Play barre chords.
  • Play 7th and 9th chords.
  • Integrate slurs in melodic interpretations and improvisations.
  • Play strumming patterns that include 1/16 note subdivisions and staccato variations in the funk and rock idioms.

Instructor: Matt Hudson

Hudson,_Matt_headshot_2020_CROPMatt Hudson (MMEd ‘10) is a jazz guitarist from Erie, PA, currently teaching guitar and band at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Hudson began his formal music studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. He won the Mellon Bank Jazz Scholarship, which gave him the chance to study with saxophonist Nathan Davis and world-renowned guitarist Joe Negri.
Hudson has a voracious appetite for jazz improvisation and studied many eras of the form with a particular emphasis on blues and bebop. He became a regular fixture at jam sessions in Pittsburgh and by the time he graduated in 2003, he was performing in many top venues with artists such as Gene Stovall, Reggie Watkins, The Marvelettes, Jay Willis and Curtis Fuller. By the end of that year, Hudson decided to settle in Chicago to pursue creative opportunities that blended r&b, hip hop, jazz and rock. This began a fertile period for Hudson marked by collaborations with William Kurk Enterprise, Siji, Aaron Getsug, Scott Hessy and Karl E.H. Siegfried.  
In 2006, Hudson met producer and DJ Anthony Nicholson and his son Quincy Nicholson. This began his affiliation with the jazz recording group Scientific Map. Over the course of five years, this group recorded and toured in support of releases for the Imaginary Chicago Records label.

Guitar for the
Music Educator: Level II

Course Code 7111

Matt Hudson

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions

Successful completion of Guitar for the Music Educator Level I. If you have not completed Level I but already play guitar, please contact to discuss your ability level.

Required Text(s)
Introduction to Guitar for Ensemble
by Joe Sweet (available at

Students are responsible for purchasing all required texts and materials. VanderCook will not have any course materials available for purchase.

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required. 

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Spring 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Feb. 8. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. On the morning of February 8, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

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