The Fender Play curriculum structure is based on the following content flow: Path > Level > Course > Lesson
Each path is a complete curriculum that covers the basics, while focusing on a particular style of music. Paths provide ready-made lesson plans with everything laid out in a step-by-step way. We currently have paths in Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Pop for guitar. We also offer a ukulele learning path.
Each path is separated into five levels that contain a series of courses that teach both skills and songs. Skills courses are interspersed with song courses and have been arranged to give students a way to immediately apply what they’ve learned to actual riffs and songs that they learn.
There are five levels in each path. The curriculum design team has paid special attention to writing lessons that increase in challenge as players progress through higher levels.
The first two levels for each path contain the same essential skills for first-time players, from how to hold an instrument to reading chord diagrams, to playing your first chords.
At the end of level 2 and through levels 3-5, the content for each path diverges and is customized to a style, with techniques, rhythm patterns, songs and riffs selected to reflect that style. For example, the Rock path covers power chords while the Folk path covers fingerpicking.
- Introduce players to the essentials of basic playing
- Offer opportunities to learn chords, develop confidence and dexterity
- Practice songs & riffs at a basic beginning level
- Focus on specific techniques and sounds that are signature to a style
- Practice songs & riffs that challenge them progressively depending on the level they are working in