Think back to some of the teachers you’ve had in the past…not just music teachers. Which one was your favorite? Why did you like them so much?
I’d be willing to bet that one quality your favorite teacher had was that they actually seemed to CARE about you.
You can’t put a price tag on caring. It’s the single most important thing you can do to be a successful guitar teacher.
Want to be a teacher who cares?
- Take the time to patiently answer your students questions.
- Take the time to help them find creative ways to overcome the challenges they face on the guitar.
- ENGAGE with them, CHALLENGE them when they need it, ENCOURAGE them when they need it, and KNOW them well enough to be able to tell the difference.
This is one of the biggest complaints I hear from people about their past guitar teachers…that they just didn’t care whether the students got better on the guitar or not.
A bad teacher will just keep taking money week after week whether the student makes progress or not. A good teacher will CARE enough to do whatever it takes to make sure that doesn’t happen.