Lived in and around London/Surrey for over 25 years before moving to the north of England. Prior to teaching in schools (in Surrey) as a peripatetic music/guitar tutor I worked as an advisor (paid work) in the Citizens Advice Bureau. Although I have interests other than music (gardening, and cooking to name but two) it is music which has been at the forefront of my life - this includes performing as well as teaching.
Approx 35 years private teaching, 8 years as a peripatetic tutor. Age range of pupils I have taught : 6 to over 60 years.
Have also taught guitar (basic, folk, rock, jazz) at adult evening classes - beginner to advanced.
My approach to teaching is firstly to find out some basic information e.g. what the pupil wants to achieve in terms of playing the guitar, the type of music the pupil listens to and would like to learn to play.
I try to make it a priority to ascertain throughout a lesson as to whether the pupil has clearly understood each stage of the contents of the lesson.
In the case of younger (i.e. non-adults) pupils I generally teach the reading of music, including the joys of all the theory, together with the technical aspects involved in learning to play. The benefits, not only in achieving an appreciation of music generally, are immense (e.g you'll have a more thorough understanding of the instrument, be able to participate more easily with players of other instruments, and consequently won't be limited, as the years roll by, to being able to play only the type of music you once enjoyed but may no longer).
Having said that, I don't insist a pupil learns to read music (I may try to persuade him/her, but I don't insist).
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