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The best way to teach is to first assess what the student alreaday knows, and to determine what direction thay wish to take with their lessons.
Oftentimes, a new student will say "I don't know anything, and I don't know where I want to go!"
But, after my asking a few questions, it becomes clear that there is some foundation (they sing, they took piano as a child, they listen to music all the time, they like classical more than rock, etc.) and such a conversation gets us off to a start where the STUDENT'S needs are first peiority, and then the actual lesson orientation can begin.
A teacher cannot take a student to a place that the teacher knows is good for them until the teacher knows WHERE the student is to begin with...
I mave been a professional working musician, recording artist and music teacher for 30 years, performing in the USA and in Europe, and I have a Master's Degree.
I prefer to structure payment by the "month" so that there is a mutual commitment between my students and I that "Mondays in November at 6PM is our time..." That said, my rate comes down to $45 lesson. Since music is my passion and I want all the world to be able to learn, I am open to conversation about rates if there is a special need for a new client...
After several years of performing and being asked "do you teach?", I decided to answer the question "YES!" Then I studied teaching techniques and developed a methodology of my own that combines proven pedagogical theory with an actual practical/experience-based approach.
The age range has been from grade school to senior citizens--novices and people whoalready have some basic and intermediate skills as well...
Around the holidays, I plan a recital for my students where they get to play the pieces they have learned in fromt of an audience of people who love them! Way cool, way fun!
Talk to the teacher to learn what their approach is, and make sure it matches the way YOU want to learn.
Students should think about what kind of music they want to learn, what combination of music theory and playing technique thay want, and what kind of commitment thay are willing to make. Guitar is definitely a fun instrument, but its MUCH more fun when you practiece and start to get good at it!