Teaching guitar becomes easier and less stressful when you avoid spending extra (unpaid) time creating lesson materials for your students.
Here are three ways to do it:
1. Don’t Teach New Stuff To Your Guitar Students Every Lesson
Teaching your guitar students new things all the time quickly overwhelms them and makes them feel frustrated. This is one of the most common mistakes guitar teachers make that causes their students to quit too soon and not end up becoming great players.
Instead of doing this, train them how to master what you’ve already shown them and integrate their skills together. This doesn’t require any real preparation on your part and also helps your students get better much faster, leading to them staying with you longer and telling others about how your lessons get results.
Note: Of course, new material should be taught to students… but not in every lesson. Some students require learning new material at a difference pace than others. Pay attention to each students’ individual learning style to help you create a balance between teaching new things and integration.
2. Anything That Needs To Be Written Out Should Be Written Out In Your Students’ Lesson Time
Writing out tabs and transcriptions requires investing tons of time. Most guitar teachers spend tons of hours in between lessons working on this – greatly limiting the time they have to invest back into other areas of their teaching business. Don’t use your own free time to do this. Make sure you are in control of your time, so you are able to use it to grow your teaching business. Instead, have your students write these things out during their lesson. Writing these things out by hand helps them retain the information more than they would if you wrote it for them.
3. Save The Lesson Materials You’ve Created In The Past
Save and reuse old materials with new students when it is appropriate and in line with their goals and specific musical challenges. For example: scale patterns, chord charts, song tabs, etc. These can be used for anyone, regardless of their specific goals as long as the materials work within the framework of an overall lesson plan you designed for them.
This keeps you from doing manual work over and over while helping you focus on helping the students truly master the material and overcome the specific challenges they may have.