I am introducing to you a series of completely free blogs that will be discussing my guitar teaching in Brighton and an account of what makes my guitar lessons work. I am hoping that this series will give budding guitar tutors an insight into the world of guitar tuition and the many things to consider before opening a guitar teaching practice. Throughout this series I also aim to cover my varying approaches to private guitar lessons to highlight the key ways that students like to learn guitar. I will be sharing my lesson plans, success stories and findings as I grow as a guitar teacher based in Brighton. I also hope that anyone interested in having guitar lessons will enjoy finding out about Your Guitar Tutor and whether you wish to try an introductory half price guitar lesson.
To start the series I would like to let you know a little about what Your Guitar Tutor does and the reason I started my own business instead of dismissing it as unachievable.
Your Guitar Tutor started out as an idea whilst at University and has grown and adapted a lot since its original plan. Initially I imagined offering a service to guitar students that was really worth the money and allowed them to take their guitar playing into their own hands when they wish to. I had experienced guitar tuition that was not quite what I had expected as a youngster and I learnt a lot from this and realised how much I wanted to give great lessons right here in Brighton.
Whilst studying at University in Brighton I had the chance to learn about the different forms of guitar tuition and then gave the different approaches a try. First of all I taught one to one guitar lessons and found that you can achieve some great results. I tried teaching guitar to groups in secondary schools, arguably the hardest approach. Finally I gave private group teaching a go, had great fun and had some really interesting findings.
All this experience made me realise the following points:
- The environment affects your guitar lessons massively- in a classroom students will be more inclined to misbehave and seem to be more distracted.
- The amount of students affects the whole approach and outcome of the lessons- basically the more people you teach the harder it is to monitor each students progress and it is easy to let a student slip behind.
- If a student has asked their parent to let them have private guitar lessons they usually are more focused and practise more in between lessons. Guitar lessons in school could also produce some great students but often the student wants to play so they can have something different to do during their day at school.