A kids guitar learning experience should be a happy and fun experience. One of the most important qualities in a music teacher is their ability to inspire interest and passion in their students. Without that, kids guitar lessons are likely to become a chore and a bore with many student’s either giving up or hating it.
These are five tips to consider while teaching kids the guitar:
1. Is the guitar teacher able to stimulate and motivate your child’s interest in learning the guitar?
It’s vital the guitar teacher that you chose, is able to create a positive mindset to overcome the frustration many students feel when they first start guitar lessons. Helping with anxiety issues and getting your child not only to feel at ease, but to make learning an enjoyable experience they look forward to.
By only using positive words such as learning to play is a challenge instead of hard or difficult and encouraging them to think in terms of I will, instead of I can’t.
A good guitar teacher will try and find music that inspires them or songs they love that they can learn to play, not confining them to boring old text book scales
Try and find out about the ways you teacher uses to motivate your child’s interest. Do they try to develop the students’ intrinsic motivation where a student feels a sense of satisfaction and pleasure from being able to play music they love.
Do they also use extrinsic motivation, especially at times when their student shows signs of being discouraged or feels low levels of self-motivation?
· Do they play the guitar to encourage their students?
· Will they use encouraging words like perfect, awesome and you’re doing a great job?
· Practice alongside them to give encouragement
· Give out merit certificates of achievement
· Organise group playing sessions with students of similar levels
· Organise recitals or concerts where there is some goal to practice for
There should be short term, medium term and long term goals set by the students and the teacher
3. Technical Skills versus Teaching Skills
It’s important that the teacher has the right technical skills to play the guitar well, but it’s more important they possess the right teaching skills to be sure the correct techniques are learnt.
You need to understand the difference between a performer and an educator. Just because someone can play well does not mean they can teach well so look for references.
4. Guitar Size
Pick the correct kids size guitar that suits your child’s so they feel comfortable holding and using it. It’s also important that the guitar is set up properly for the player’s hands
5. Type of Guitar
Not only size is important, but learning on the right type of guitar can make a big difference. A student who only likes electric guitar will soon become disillusioned with playing a nylon string acoustic guitar
The most important thing when your kids learn guitar is they’re enjoying the experience. You need a teacher who’s a good player as well as being able to stimulate and motivate them so they look forward to lessons and practice. Providing the right size and style of guitar is so vital.