Been teaching for about 15 or more years now. I consider myself a pretty good teacher. I’ve had some students for over 8 years. I have a few questions/general bits of discussion on how you guys approach your lessons.
First of all, I live in a fairly rural area of south Louisiana outside of Baton Rouge, which is about 80 miles north of New Orleans. You’d think all that art and music appreciation that’s famously attributed to Louisiana would spill over to my area…but it just doesn’t. 9 out of 10 new students I get are usually just being dragged to lessons by the parent. My first discussion with them always involves asking them what kind of music or artists they are into. Nearly all of them (median age about 10), respond with “I don’t know”. Even when I prompt them with “can you name me a song you like?” Still nothing. I think it’s because we are living in the Tik Tok generation where music has become an even more passive experience. This is always my biggest indicator of the student’s level of interest.
Do you guys have this kind of response from incoming students? And how do you go about trying to get a student who, for all intents and purposes has never really attentively listened to music, interested in music in general?
Do you have any specific approach to getting kids to practice their damn chords and scales? Again, most of my students fall into the above category. I frequently say that my students have never heard of music lol. I honestly don’t think the average guitar student understands what chords and scales are for. Even when I show them the chords to a song they like, I’m not sure if they understand the point of learning chords. Scales? Forger about it. I have to literally force students to practice scales. I CANNOT make them understand that if they can rip through a pentatonic or major scale that it makes learning anything else exponentially easier.
I could go on forever but it’s already too long lol. Glad for any discussion on this.