I offer an approach I call "practical theory application." Playing songs and having fun with it comes first. The understanding of what you've learned as it relates to theory comes second.
I began teaching lessons over 10 years ago in my home studio, and at Mollet Music in Yankton South Dakota for three years. I was the director at The Rock and Roll Academy in Sioux Falls South Dakota for 2 years, and the lesson coordinator at Schmitt Music in Omaha. I'm currently doing instrument repair, and teaching lessons in Omaha.
I was a student and volunteer at a Rock and Roll Academy at a time when TC was an employee. He was by far the best person for the job that we saw there. He was able to share his talents with all of the kids from ages 6-18 in the program, and was able to give excellent 1-on-1 lessons, as well as guiding student bands to success. I would Recommend TC for any job that involves teaching. He’s a great leader, and inspired me personally as a musician. He was very professional, but also was a great friend to anybody there.
The first thing I like to know about a student is what they want to play. When I have an idea of the kind of music they like, and want to learn I build a cirruculum from there. If the student has no previous experience we always begin with proper technique building, and basic chords to get them started. If a student does have previous experience we build on that experience, and make sure that the student understands the theory behind what they are playing up until that point.
I began working with students soon after I finished high school. My teacher studied at UNT College of Music, and I followed his advice; "if all you want to do is gig don't put yourself in debt with school." I followed his advice, and used numerous recourses to learn about my instrument, and later about teaching my instrument. Eventually I had learned enough to take a job instructing music teachers on how to teach.