If you’re a teacher, you wouldn’t want your kid’s guitar lessons to be dull and uninteresting, because they will soon lose interest and want to give up. Music’s supposed to be exciting and fun, an enjoyable experience, so as a teacher, you need to make your lessons so that your student want to come and learn and play. There will always be some students who won’t respond, but the majority if it’s fun and they are enjoying it, will learn very quickly.
Top ways to help make kids guitar lessons interesting for kids are:
- Tailor the lessons to suit your students
Often when kids are learning the guitar they have their sights set on learning to play a certain style or type of music, often there is one song or tune that inspires them. If they love heavy rock and you’re trying to teach them a nursery rhyme, it very likely they will be bored to distraction.
Ask your students what tunes they like and develop your kid’s guitar lessons around these and similar tunes, even if you simplify them as long as your students hear and feel they are heading towards their goals they will remain enthusiastic and interested
- Make up games and quizzes
Kids love playing games and although every student reacts differently most will enjoy the competitive and challenging nature of quizzes and musical games. Don’t make it too much like regular school and take advantage of the many apps available on tablets, and well as DVD’s and social media.
Inventing games with your students is a great way to encourage their interaction and participation. Games where different students play different notes of the same song or tune, while others try and guess which one can help with an individual’s music appreciation.
Having students play different parts of a scale helps build coordination and a sense of rhythm as well as making them feel they are an active part of your class.
Practicing tedious scales and repetition until your finger-brain-thought process is always part of learning and will come with time, the trick to successfully teaching kids guitar is to inspire them and motivate them into continuing with their lessons and practice.
- Setting realistic goals
Sometimes, the goals you set for your students may not seem important or reachable to them so talk with them and find out what their personal goals are and what they want to achieve.
Offer them the opportunity to set their own goals and find some type of reward for them when they achieve their objectives.
Many young guitar players would like the challenge of performing in front of their peers or creating a music concert. This can be a great way to get your class to work together and encourage each other to do their best. Often a new player can feel they are not getting anywhere without some way of gauging their progress, but in a group, they can easily be reassured.
Making your kid’s guitar class interesting is about showing them the fun side of music and motivating them. Find the type of music that inspires them and they enjoy listening to or that they want to play. Musical games, quizzes and competitions help build enthusiasm and musical understanding.