Guitar Lessons for Kids

unnamed-44I am lucky to share studio space with other good teachers, but it still shocks me when I see parents drop their young children off for music lessons with a teacher who is pretty much a stranger to them. Lesson studios are typically very small private rooms, and a person doesn’t need any special training or certification to call her/himself a guitar teacher. So who is your guitar teacher? Has the school or studio completed a background check on your teacher? Most do not.

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 student’s 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.

I really would like to see more parents come into the studios to meet the the teachers who work with their kids. Building a good relationship with the teacher will help your child be more successful, and it just makes sense to be present when your child is meeting a new adult.



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  • Master the chord tones (arpeggios) in all positions, all keys
  • Learn how to read music and develop good technique
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  • Solo using patterns from the CAGED system (with the jam CD)
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