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Being a Guitar Teacher (The Experienced Learner)

I saw a quote recently: “It is not that the teacher teaches; it is that the student learns”

I thought about this for quite a while.

A survey that I created and sent to all of my current and former students a few weeks ago has given me some interesting feedback. I have always been under the impression that my perception of our lesson time is likely to be different in some ways compared to the student’s experience. I created the survey to learn some of these differences and which were most prevalent.

Question: “What could your teacher do better?”

Survey Said: “Push me harder.” This was the #1 answer.

If one plays music as a hobby, as most people do, I am not quite sure how much pressure I should apply to students. I think it is best if students find their own true motivation. Perhaps I need to create ‘mirrors’ for each student to view their progress.

I do have one idea brewing that may stimulate motivation for most students.

I have would like to make videos of each lesson for each student. I can make each video viewable on YouTube by only me and the student in it. Of course, students may forward the links of their videos to anyone they wish.

Are there any volunteers to test some sessions?

Until next time…

-Justin

http://guitarlessonslynchburg.com/

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Headbanging…against a wall!

I think I have finally solved an issue that has been driving me nuts for the past two years.

I decided in 2007 that I should experiment with making lesson videos.  The idea being an extension of a Yahoo! Group that I created about three years ago as a way for me to develop week-long support for my students.

The Yahoo! Group allowed me to post audio files so students could hear me playing sections of songs at a slower tempo.  Many of which are still available at my SoundClick page.  We could also discuss any subject related to music and learning guitar on the discussion board.

The point now is that I should soon be able to provide week-long lesson support on video.

Here’s to the progress of a snail.  Cheers!

-Justin

http://guitarlessonslynchburg.com/