Want to have the greatest guitar students around, have new students constantly at your door trying to take lessons and have all the other local guitar teachers talking about how they wish they could be as successful as you? In order to make this a reality, you have to know how to continually transform OK guitar students into excellent musicians. This means doing much more than just showing them how to play guitar – you must turn them into highly creative and self-reliant musicians. THIS is the one true way to become a top level guitar teacher and is why some guitar teachers make 6-figures per year.
The truth is, the majority of students learning guitar do not have very good playing skills, and will never improve them while taking guitar lessons with most guitar instructors. There is a wide range of reasons for why this occurs, however you can avoid this problem for YOUR guitar students by teaching them the one thing most teachers do not: ‘how to practice guitar’.
Even if you show your guitar students a million different licks, solos or techniques, it will all go to waste if you do not correctly teach your students to practice the things you show them. It is absolutely CRITICAL that you learn how to do this if you want to succeed as a guitar teacher and give your guitar students the results that they are paying you for.
The fact that you are reading this article right now means you are currently unsatisfied with how much money you are earning as a guitar teacher. With this in mind, you are certainly not alone. Here is the bleak reality for most guitar teachers:
1. Many guitar instructors have a hard time making ends meet in their guitar teaching business and make less than 35k annually.
2. The overwhelming majority of guitar teachers achieve little success and only teach for 1-2 years before quitting to work in a different profession altogether.
On the other hand, there exists a small percentage of highly successful guitar teachers who:
1. Make a minimum of 6 figures each year in their guitar teaching businesses.
2. Quickly turn their guitar students from mediocre players to highly skilled players.
3. Generally work no more than part time hours every week.
The number one mistake that the majority of guitar instructors make is “teaching too much”. This develops out of an incorrect belief that their primary job is to provide students with “exercises and practice items”. Because of this, they overwhelm their students with new practice items in every single lesson and they don’t feel like they’ve really been a good teacher unless the student is given a big variety of new stuff to practice. This is the typical result of such an ineffective methodology:
Your students never really master the majority of the things you teach them. Yes, you are making your students feel great within the moment when it comes to learning “more” things in every lesson, however, as far as having the ability to apply the things they know, they experience totally helplessness. Whenever your students “feel” like beginners even though they stopped being beginners years ago, this kills their enthusiasm and it is dangerous for YOUR status as his or her guitar teacher.
Now you should be totally on board with the idea that teaching guitar students how to practice is a crucial part of teaching guitar. I’ve shown you the way that guitar teachers fail to teach this, now here are the solutions that will help you get your guitar students to practice effectively and make better progress:
When you teach your guitar students something new, spend a significant amount of time showing them how to practice it. Do not show them a ton of new stuff without helping them learn how to actually practice it.
Don’t fall into the trap of making assumptions for your students. You are the expert for guitar, so naturally you will understand exactly why something doesn’t sound right, or what needs to be done in order to fix this or that issue. However, your students are NOT experts. You must show them precisely what to look and listen for when they practice guitar so that they do not forget. Additionally, write all of this information down for them so that when they get home they can easily identify all important steps and instructions.
Many guitar teachers feel pressured when they are trying to show their guitar students how to practice and the student says something like “OK I get… can we talk about X already?” Don’t cave in when your guitar students try to take control of the lesson like this. Make sure that your students truly ‘get it’ 100% so that when they get home they don’t realize that they really don’t ‘get it’ and end up practicing wrong. Remind them that by learning how to properly practice guitar they will reach their guitar playing goals much faster.
You must both SHOW your guitar students how to practice and WATCH them do it in front of you. Don’t make the mistake of expecting them to remember how to practice based on your words alone. Some guitar teachers feel uncomfortable with spending so much time having their students practice during the lesson rather than learn ‘new things’. If you have the same mindset, think about this: In the end, your guitar students really only want a great result from you when they come to you for lessons.