I focus on equipping my students with skills and theory that apply to multiple songs instead of teaching a single song at a time. I normally begin with 6 lessons that give the basic necessities and then design my continuing lessons on the student’s gifts and interests. I also take into account each student’s long term goals as well and push them to that goal even when short term disinterest in a topic gets in the way of those goals.
i have been playing guitar for 17 years and have been teaching for over 10 years and 75+ students. I prefer to do full 1 hour lessons so there is time to review and learn something new in each lesson. I also can go deep into American music history or music theory, but I work on teaching it in steps that apply to the songs we are focusing on so that it is not overwhelming.
I enjoy seeing my students connect with music beyond their normal tastes and see the cleverness in the music they already appreciate. And occasionally I get to help form a performer. Then for adults I get to see them internalize the music they loved all their lives.
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For brand new students I begin with a set 6 lessons that get the basic necessary skills needed to play songs. Then we choose a path for future lessons based on strengths, interests, and long term goals.
for students with some experience I have a method that both assesses the extent of the student’s knowledge and any gaps while also tying together everything the student knows in a different way.
While I did take college classes in guitar, vocals, and music theory, most of my expertise comes from 13 years of performing and 11 years of teaching.
I normally charge $30 for a full hour lesson each week. Shorter lessons do not give time to review and learn new concepts. There is no reason to have lessons more than once a week because students need time to practice, but also every other week usually leads to too much review and students usually forget information by the next lesson.
Due to the swings I’ve experienced in recent years when multiple students take breaks or cancel last minute for other priorities, I am taking a stricter cancellation policy and ask that students commit and pay a month at a time to lock in the $30 amount.
Originally I was leading a worship team at my church and we were short a full band. Rather than pay outside musicians, I started training the high school students to join the band.
I have had students age 7-70. Young students can have problems with hand strength and size so I am careful with students younger than 9 and make sure they have the right type of instrument. Older students do well with overall concepts but sometimes get frustrated when their hands don’t do as well as their mind thinks they should. I also have some experience with emotional disabilities.
Students should look for a teacher who is good at explaining and not just good at music in general. Especially make sure that the teacher won’t cancel lessons any time they get a gig performing. I personally keep both on separate days so they don’t conflict regularly. Also, make sure they can teach in more than one way. People learn through multiple processes and the combination varies from person to person.