sage Awards

The SAGE Awards program exists to give recognition to students achieving certain progressive benchmarks in the beginning stages of learning guitar.

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SAGE (Synthesis Achievement in Guitar Education) Awards are organized into three levels:

Principles of Guitar Award - Students understand and can perform the basic physical, mechanical aspects of playing guitar. They can play a basic scale pattern and a few simple chord shapes, as well as mimic rhythmic strumming patterns and read tablature and chord charts.

Guitar Developmental Award - At this stage, you'll be able to demonstrate rudimentary skill related to playing songs, such as the 8 fundamental chord shapes and the ability to move from one to the other smoothly. You can also perform basic riffs, strumming and finger picking patterns in song-playing scenarios.

Guitar Performer Award - When you get this award, you'll able to play a dozen or more simple, sing-along strum songs. You'll be familiar with basic song structures, movable chord shapes, a melody-based solo guitar song, and an additional scale pattern played to a metronome. You'll also learn how to play up to 68 chords. Yup. 68.

Students in our group classes receive these awards at the end of each 8-week session in G1 - G3. Exclusive Premium Content is made available online when you get your Performer Award, so stick with it!