ABOUT CHRIS CUNNINGHAM

 

Chris Cunningham, Director of Guitar Studies, Herndon High SchoolMr. Cunningham began the guitar program in 2002 while serving as Associate Director of Bands (1999–2006). The guitar program has since grown to 170 guitar students and is widely considered one of the finest guitar programs in the county, region, and nation. The Herndon Guitar Ensembles have earned “Superior” ratings exclusively at adjudications and competitions as well as numerous first place trophies.

 

Mr. Cunningham has also served as band director in many of our pyramid schools, including Herndon Middle School, Clearview Elementary School, and Aldrin Elementary School. Prior to coming to Herndon, Mr. Cunningham taught general music at Centreville Elementary School and Groveton Elementary School, and he was the Director of Bands at Strasburg High School and Signal Knob Middle School.

 

Mr. Cunningham earned his Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University in 1997.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham reside in Bluemont, VA, with their six dogs and are anxiously expecting a little baby girl in February 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Herndon Guitar

ENSEMBLES | CONCERTS | FESTIVALS & OTHER EVENTS | GUITAR PURCHASE GUIDELINES

 

 

 

2008 Guitar Festival. Photo by Herndon Guitar Boosters

 

 

Guitar Ensembles

Guitar students are required to bring their guitars for each class day; overnight storage is not currently available.

Guitar 1

Students learn the fundamentals of guitar. Guitar instruction emphasizes basic technique, reading, progressions, and music theory. Instructional literature is selected from classical and contemporary repertoire.

 

Guitar 2

Students continue to develop skills on the guitar. Guitar instruction emphasizes intermediate technique particularly finger picking, reading, progressions, and music theory. Instructional literature is selected from classical and contemporary repertoire.

 

Guitar Ensemble 1 (Guitar 3)

Students in this course form one of the representative performing guitar ensembles for the school. Emphasis is placed on the sequential development of advanced technical skills and on the study of related literature. Based on successful completion of sequential concepts for each level, students will continue as specified in course level. After-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of the course.

 

Guitar Ensemble 2 (Guitar 4)

Students in this course form the representative performing guitar ensemble for the school. Emphasis is placed on the sequential development of advanced technical skills and on the study of related literature. Based on successful completion of sequential concepts for each level, students will continue as specified in course level. After-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of the course.

 

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Concerts

Two guitar concerts are performed during the school year in the HHS Auditorium. In addition, guitar students occasionally are called upon to accompany performers in the HHS music department (choir, etc.).

 

For the 200910 school year, guitar concert dates are as follows:

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Festivals and Other Events

Guitar students will participate in local and regional competitions, as well as perform throughout the community in various events and fundraisers. In addition, advanced ensembles travel out of state to compete in a regional festival. The following are scheduled for the 200910 school year:

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Guidelines for Purchasing a Guitar

An acoustic guitar is required for all classes. Recommended guitars include Yamaha, Epiphone, or Takamine steel string. The standard issue Yamaha c40 is an appropriate classical guitar.

 

Also purchase picks, an extra set of strings matching your guitar, and if possible, a hard shell case.

 

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