Three Mistakes You Must Avoid If You Teach Guitar
By Tom Hess
Becoming a successful guitar teacher requires not making the same mistakes made by mediocre teachers. These kinds of mistakes keep you from making good money and hold your students’ progress back.
Stay away from these three mistakes to improve your guitar teaching business:
Mistake #1. Imitating Other Guitar Teachers In Your Area
Imitating local guitar teachers leads to poor results because:
- A lot of guitar teachers in your area have no coaching for how to teach guitar effectively. They have poor teaching skills that they’ve built up entirely through guesswork.
- Many guitar teachers do not have high standards. They’d rather earn a few extra dollars than transform their students into excellent guitar players. When you copy them, you can only expect mediocre results like this at best.
Mistake #2. Being Scared To Begin Teaching Guitar Lessons
Being a good guitarist and a good guitar teacher are two separate issues. A lot of guitarists second guess themselves when they think about teaching because they don’t think they are skilled enough on their instrument. Others only teach a small handful of students while charging cheap prices because they don’t think they can offer much value. These fears keep you from becoming successful.
Answer: Begin teaching guitar once your skills move to an intermediate level. Keep working to improve your guitar playing as you build up your guitar teaching experience. Most critically, find a guitar teacher trainer fast. This gives you more confidence and boosts your skills.
Extra tip: it is possible to make a killer living teaching only beginner guitar students even if you aren’t an advanced player.
Mistake #3. Exclusively Teaching One On One Guitar Lessons
It’s a common (incorrect) assumption that teaching students privately is the only way to give them great results and earn a lot of money through teaching. Reality: 1-1 guitar lessons holds back your students’ progress (and prevents you from earning more money). Your guitar students completely skip out on:
- Learning to play music together with other guitarists
- Learning how to play guitar in front of others without getting nervous
- Friendly, yet motivating competition by learning with others. This positive pressure builds students’ motivation to get better at guitar and helps them grow into better musicians more quickly.
Teaching guitar in various different formats is crucial for helping them become great players fast. It is also essential for making good money and building your guitar teaching business to a high level.
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