Finding a Guitar Teacher
In a previous post I suggested using a guitar instructor as one of the best ways of beginning a journey into playing the guitar. Finding and choosing an instructor is one of the most important decisions in this path. You may be making the choice for yourself or for your child, but it’s not a decision that should be made lightly. The following text is compiled of a few considerations to think about when choosing an instructor.
I’d like to start off with sharing my credentials as a guitar teacher. Let’s pretend as if I were trying to sell you my services in guitar instruction. I’ve been teaching guitar for ten years now and I’m extremely passionate about it. I have taught students ranging from the ages 6 to 80 years old. I’ve been employed at music academies, studios, and I have taught privately in my own home. I hold a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance. During my degree program I studied under a world class jazz guitarist that focused my instruction heavily in modern music theory and jazz improvisation. During that period I had the opportunity to play with a two time Grammy award winner, a handful of professional road traveling and session musicians, and I have had the opportunity to attend master classes with some of the greatest musicians from around the world.
The Real Credentials
There is something unique to some instructors that you may look for in your search. As you look for instructors, you will find tons of players that are teaching on the side to make extra money. However, I know myself and other instructors that consider themselves ‘teachers’ that play on the side to make a little extra money. Teaching the guitar is more than just finding some extra cash for instructors like us. I know that particular inversion may not sound like much, but the important thing to look for is somebody with ‘the heart of a teacher’.In other words it’s important to find somebody with a marriage of patience and knowledge that is interested in showing you how to play the instrument.
As I mentioned above, I have a degree in guitar, but that doesn’t have to be a deal breaker in your search . The attributes that I mentioned above, (the ‘heart of a teacher’) are much more important. The teacher should be very skilled, however, he or she could be playing in a local band, a local public school music teacher, or just someone who happens to have passion in the guitar.
In short, I believe it’s really important to find a teacher that is passionate about teaching. Search for an instructor that has the ‘heart of a teacher’. I hope this guide serves you well as you search for an instructor. I hope you become the best player you can be.