Most guitar teachers just teach “freestyle” and don’t use any kind of formal method with their students, but there’s a lot we can learn by looking at formal music education methods and adapting some of their more effective principles to what we already do as guitar teachers. There are 4 primary formal music education methods in use today and they all have something good to offer us as guitar teachers if we’re willing to take a closer look.
In this episode, I’ll give you a brief overview of the first two of these formal methods, Suzuki and Kodaly, and I’ll cover the other two (Dalcroze and Orff) in part two of this series. Along the way, I’ll explain how some of the key features of each method can be adapted and used in your own guitar teaching studio.
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