Your Child's Guitar Lessons
Parents should not assume that
their child will be safe during private lessons with a guitar
teacher. Many music stores and music schools that employ or rent
studio space to teachers do not run background checks on their
teachers, so parents should not drop off their child for a lesson
without first getting to know the teacher.
All parents should
be welcome to sit-in on their child's lesson anytime. This gives
parents the opportunity to hear the concepts that are being taught,
and it also allows the teacher to discuss the studentís progress
with the parent. Parents may also be able to share useful
information about their child's learning style.
I require the
parents of young children to be present during every lesson simply
because young children who have their parents with them during the
lesson play the guitar better than those who have not had their
parents sit-in on their lessons.
Most 7 and 8 year old
children are not able to absorb all of the lesson material and then
apply it to their daily practice sessions on their own, even when I
make careful notes on their assignment sheets. I have seen many
young kids feel frustrated and quit lessons simply because their
parents were not present during the lessons and did not help their
child at home.
In order for a child to be successful, she/he
needs to understand the assignments, practice on a daily basis, and
hear lots of encouragement that the physical demands of the
instrument will be met if she/he continues to practice every day.
Parents do not need to be able to play an instrument themselves to
be able to help their child, they just need to show their support
and help their child develop good practice habits.
that a person does not need any kind of degree, certification or
training to call her/himself a guitar teacher, so it is up to you to
find a good teacher for your child.