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First off, I try to find out what they already know. Some people can be surprised to find out they may already know more than they thought. If they know little to nothing, that’s totally ok! I just don’t want to waste time teaching anything they already know.
Then within the first lesson or two, I get to know what teaching styles work best for them. Everyone is different. And everyone has different goals. I always gear the lessons towards achieving their goals, mixed with bits of theory and knowledge that is useful on all fronts.
I was raised in a musical environment. Me and my Dad listened to records throughout my childhood instead of watching t.v. I picked up my first guitar at age 15. As soon as I started playing, I knew I had found my calling. I borrowed every book I could from friends and family. By 17 I was in the winning band in my senior year battle of the bands. From there, I also picked up bass and ukulele. Since then I have played bass for a band. I have played guitar for several- writing all of the music for most of them and winning several competitions in the Chicago area. I started teaching at age 24- and I haven’t stopped since (I am 38 now). Other than playing music, teaching music brings me the greatest happiness in life. When I was 28 I opened an all ages music venue/recording studio. We were open for over 8 years. There I met/recorded/and watched perform bands from all over the world. Many of the bands had some of my previous students.
Now I live in Chicago and teach full-time and I love it.
My house (Logan Square, Chicago 60647):
30 min = $20
45 min = $30
60 min = $40
Add $5 if I’m travelling to you within 10 miles. Add $10 if I’m travelling to you 10-25 miles
As for the different lesson lengths, here’s my philosophy/recommendation.
30 min for anyone 9 and younger.
45 min for anyone 10 and older.
60 min for anyone 10 and older and really wants to learn a lot and in a short amount of time and is willing to practice fairly often.
I started teaching at a small music store in a nearby town to where I lived. I began teaching from there at another music store about a year later because the teachers that were already at the first location had seniority and I wasn’t getting enough students for my liking. At the second location, I became the top teacher in about a year (eventually I had around 60 students per week) and I stayed there for over 5 years. I had to cut back when I opened my music venue, but I kept teaching while I could. Since then I have worked for over 10 teaching companies- physical stores/schools and online companies such as this. I’ve loved them all and I still work for several of them to this day.
All types. I have taught 5-year-olds and 70-somethings. Literally all ages and levels.
Well although I’ve been teaching for over 15 years, I still get amazed by my experiences while teaching. And over those years, there hasn’t been a week that’s gone by where I didn’t add a new addition to my technique as a teacher. As I write, tonight I helped an adult student figure out a chord by sheer theory alone. In other words, instead of just showing her the chord I wanted her to play, I utilized recent information I had taught her and she figured out how to play the chord without me having to show it to her. It was an awesome moment and one I plan on re-creating again in the future with my students whenever possible.
Try to find someone who has experience as a teacher- not just experience as a student.
What are your goals? Do you want to just learn some songs to play for family and friends around the campfire? Do you want to write your own music? Do you want to play open mics at cafes? Do you want to start a band some day?
It helps to know where you want to go with all of this so you can start going down the right path. It’s ok to change your goals as you go or not even know what your goals are as well- but it helps to try to figure them out. It’s a great way to keep you motivated. And the right teacher should be able to help you with all of these things and keep it fun as you go.