Tom Hess: Why General Guitar Teaching Methods Are Useless And How To Transform Your Students Into Very Good Players
Why General Guitar Teaching Methods Are Useless And How To Transform Your Students Into Very Good Players
By Tom HessA ton of guitar teachers are using generic guitar learning courses or methods to attempt to teach their students. Unless you only teach beginner guitar students, you will struggle with the following problems when working together with them:
1. You will not be able to help your students make fast progress in their guitar playing. The majority of popular guitar teaching approaches were made only to teach musical topics, NOT to help your guitar students achieve specific goals. (Almost no great guitarists became great using these kinds of books.)
2. Your students become very unmotivated once they see that what you are teaching them is no in line with their personal guitar playing goals.
3. When you notice the problems of points 1 and 2 in your guitar teaching, you are in danger of not being able to stop guitar students from quitting lessons.
4. You will have a tough time finding and attracting new guitar students because you have nothing unique to offer that any other local guitar teacher is already offering. This gives potential students no good reason to select you over anybody else.
To contrast all of this, here is how successful guitar teachers teach hundreds of students (and avoid all of the problems I just mentioned):
Step 1: Use a different mindset. Rather than trying to cram information down your students’ throats, focus instead on getting them to achieve the goals you set out for them. This will bring far better results. Remember, you aren’t simply trying to “teach guitar”... it is your job to figure out and solve guitar playing problems, then get rid of any frustrations your students are facing. This is what you must do to truly transform your student’s musical lives.
Step 2: Learn how to spot the subtle and not-so-subtle errors in your student’s playing that hold them back from achieving what they want on guitar. Once you can do this, put together strategy that will help that student achieve his or her unique goals. See how this is done with the best guitar teacher success coaching.
Step 3: Create guitar lesson materials that will get your students to achieve their musical goals as effectively as possible. These types of materials can also be re-used for other students who need to learn similar skills (I discuss more on this concept below).
Step 4: Give classes that focus on helping students improve very specific skills that make up part of a bigger musical goal. Have your guitar students join the correct classes that line up best with the things they want to accomplish in their playing.
Common question: “Isn’t this all going to be a ton of work?” “Do I need to use a lot of my spare time making custom lessons for all the students in my teaching schedule?”
Answer: No in both cases. Don’t confuse guitar teaching materials with guitar teaching strategy. You can utilize the same materials with all students who need to learn a similar skill, but the STRATEGY (meaning: the order and combination of materials used) must be entirely different for each individual.
While teaching group classes, you are in a situation where you are teaching many students who want to improve the same skills. You can easily get results for everyone in the class, even if they all are at different playing levels. I know this is a fact, because I’ve taught countless of guitar teachers how to do this effectively.
By having your students join multiple classes, they will simultaneously reach their goals while you teach less overall hours. Using this approach, you will end up teaching FAR LESS hours than any ordinary guitar teacher who only uses the one on one teaching model.
When you use these guitar teaching strategies in your teaching business, your business will quickly grow in these ways:
1. You will now be able to keep your guitar students for extensive periods of time since you have solved the problems that usually cause students to leave lessons. Check out this free online guide to learn more about how to stop guitar students from quitting lessons.
2. Your new guitar teaching system will help your students reach their goals more effectively, and they will become awesome players MUCH faster.
3. You will gain an excellent reputation as the best local guitar teacher because all your students are quickly becoming awesome guitar players.
4. Your newfound reputation as a great guitar teacher will help you attract tons of new students.
5. You will make a great living teaching guitar and have hundreds of students, since you provide the greatest results.
Read this free online guide to learn how to stop guitar students from quitting lessons.
About The Author:
Tom Hess is a highly successful guitar teacher, recording artist and the guitar player. He helps people from all over the world learn how to teach guitar. Visit his website tomhess.net to get free guitar teacher resources and to read more guitar teaching articles.