What are adult guitar lessons like?
We all love music! So why are so many people fearful of, dread or just put off learning a musical instrument? After years of teaching, there are some obvious conclusions...
Personal enrichment, lifelong dream, and sharing with others are common reasons adults begin learning the guitar. However, a few stumbling blocks exists when it comes to taking lessons.
Fear of not being creative enough
Lack of physically and mental capability
Overall fear of failure
What went wrong?
Most guitar lessons focus on the "facts" of music. While these are important, little time is spent on creativity, music appreciation, and overall enjoyment of just making music. Adults need the facts, but benefit from a deeper understanding of how and why. With a clear picture of how and why, the physical challenges for an adult can always be alleviated.
It is amazing when you can tap into the areas of curiosity, creativity, and natural inquisitiveness of a student. It's ok to relax a bit in order to remove any roadblocks that get in the way of reaching a student's full potential.
It is my dream that every student walks away from a lesson inspired by creativity, exploration, joy, and fun.
Learn to read music and rhythm from day one so that they are prepared for playing all types of music
Review and retain all their lessons through creativity and even writing their own music (even beginners!)
Get all the benefits that science has shown music instruction provides including increased mental performance, stress relief, sense of achievement, etc. All of this done in an encouraging and positive environment
Move at a faster than average pace from beginner to intermediate playing
Receive clear direction of their music during their weekly guitar classes so they feel energized instead of lost and confused when they get home