If they’re like most people, your students work hard all week at work or at school. They’re interested in the guitar because they love music and they want to express themselves creatively. It’s one of the few times in the week they can look forward to doing something they love to do.
The last thing they need is a teacher who will load them up with all kinds of complicated material to work on and then fuss at them the next week because they didn’t learn it all. That’s a sure-fire way to make a student want to quit. This is supposed to be fun!
As a good teacher, you need to know how to manage the flow of information so your students won’t get stressed and overwhelmed. Nobody likes to drink from a fire hose.
Try to mix things up, inject some humor into your lessons, and most of all MAKE IT ABOUT THE STUDENT. Remember, when you’re sitting in a lesson with someone, it’s not about you!
If you know how to keep things interesting, challenging and fulfilling for your students so that it’s easier for them to stay motivated, stay excited and keep making progress on the guitar…they will stick around longer.
OK…I would love to hear from you. What ideas do you have for keeping your students interested & engaged? Post a comment and let me know!