What are guitar lessons like for kids and teens?
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...
Kids and teens come to music with a joy to learn and create something new. After the initial few lessons, it turns into view learning a musical instrument as "just more homework assignment." It's another thing to check off the ever growing list of things to get done.
What went wrong?
Most guitar lessons for kids 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. With a clear picture of how and why, the physical challenges for a child can always be alleviated allowing the creativity and enjoyment to flourish.
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, young and old, 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 academic performance, higher IQs, memory enhancement, 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
Intermediate and Advanced Guitar Instruction
Upon reaching an intermediate level of skill, students have many more options to explore. Students have the option to guide their own music choices. They can participate in national exams that certify levels of competency on the guitar and in music. Advanced students are taught how to write music, improvisation, college-level theory, and advanced playing techniques during their guitar lessons.