Junior Guitar Program


Theme’s Junior Guitar Course (TJGC) is a contemporary group guitar learning program for students aged 8 to 13 years, focussed on beginner and intermediate students.

TJGC is a 2 level program based on the concept of performance-oriented learning. Concepts and techniques are taught using examples from popular music, simple yet critical exercises and listening skills, which leads to a holistic guitar playing experience. The focus of the program is purely on playing skills that are built up gradually using relevant music from different genres, utilizing composition and improvisation as essential focus areas from the start.  

Each level of the program is devised keeping in mind the London College of Music Examination/Rockschool/Trinity Rock and Pop benchmarks. Students are assessed through practical and theory examinations that they appear for at the end of each level.

Each level consists of 1-hour teaching sessions, progress analysis classes, recital classes, special performances and concerts and provides every student with an equal opportunity to perform and get assessed at the highest international standards.

Students enrol as beginners entering the program into one of the following three age levels (Entry Points). Each group batch consists of students in the same Entry Point.

Entry Point 1: Ages 8 to 10 years

Entry Point 2: Ages 10 to 13 years

TIGC LevelStarting Age/Sessions in LevelEquivalent LCM Examination Level
Level 1Entry Point 1 / 44
Entry Point 2 / 44
Practical - Step 2
Level 2Entry Point 1 / 44
Entry Point 2 / 44
Practical – Grade 1
Theory – Step Theory

All TJGC lessons are one hour in duration with a maximum of 4 students in the batch. 

Each level has a certain number of buffer lessons included that enable teachers to revise concepts, cover-up missed lessons*, prepare students for recitals and examinations and allocate additional time to all students as required.

All classes consist of structured lesson plans and homework material. A monthly objective report is sent to parents/students detailing class performance and areas of improvement.

Class timings available**:

Weekdays: 3 pm to 7 pm

Weekends: 11 am to 6 pm

(**Subject to slot availability, timings may vary by branch)

Level 1:

LCM Examination Level Practical – Pre Preparatory Guitar

  1. Technique:
    • Proper Handling of Instrument
    • Left and Right-Hand Positions
    • Pivot Exercises, Chromatic Exercises
    • Down Picking, Alternate Picking
  2. Chords:
    • Majors, Minors
    • Open Chords, Barre Chords
  3. Scales and Arpeggios:
    • One octave open and closed positions
  4. Repertoire:
    • Popular and Folk Songs with Backing Tracks
    • Assessment Pieces
    • Playing Exercises
    • Rhythm Studies
  5. Types of Notes and Rests
  6. Time Signatures
  7. Reading Tablature and Introduction to Staff:
    • Introduction to Accidentals
  8. Introduction to Dynamics and Articulation
  9. Introduction to Composition:
    • Composing an 8 bar piece with backing tracks
  10. Fretboard Knowledge
  11. Basic Guitar Tuning Technique
  12. Sight Reading of Tablature
  13. Aural training:
    • Pitch and Rhythm based exercises

Level 2:

LCM Examination Level Practical – Grade 1

  1. Technique:
    • Alternate Picking
    • Hammer-On, Pull Off
    • Introduction to Fingerstyle
    • String and Palm Muting
  2. Chords:
    • Dominant 7th Open Chords
    • Power Chords
    • Introduction to Accompaniment
  3. Scales and Arpeggios:
    • Complete Majors and Minors
    • Introduction to Pentatonics
  4. Time Signatures:
    • Introduction to Incomplete Bars
  5. Eighth Notes and Rests
  6. Dynamics and Articulation
  7. Note Reading (Tablature and Staff):
    • All Types of Accidentals
  8. Extended Fretboard Knowledge
  9. Introduction of Rhythm Styles:
    • Straight vs Swing Rhythms
  10. Introduction to Improvisation:
    • Improvisation over basic chord changes
  11. Sight Reading of Tablature
  12. Continuation of aural training
  13. Basic Musical Markings
  1. Focus on all round musical development, including repertoire work, playing technique, scales, sight reading, aural training and music theory.
  2. Individual class plans charted out for each session. Required practice and homework are treated as an integral part of the learning system.
  3. Concepts are taught through activities and practical work that are constantly innovated upon by the faculty, ensuring an updated curriculum.
  4. Constant feedback and reporting on every student for each session including objective grading as well as subjective teacher feedback. 
  5. Assessments and International Examination syllabus integrated into class plans. 
  6. Focus on using technology as a teaching aid for multiple sections, including repertoire, sight-reading and aural training.
  7. A group ensemble method of learning where all students are of the same age group and learning levels with a student-teacher ratio of 4:1.
  8. Class recitals and testing is integrated into the curriculum as part of a student’s learning goals.

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