How to Choose a Classical Guitar Teacher
How to choose a classical guitar teacher? You will want to consider the teacher’s credentials, teaching style and approach, and whether you feel comfortable with that person. You should also ask around to see if anyone you know has had a good experience with a particular teacher. (We recommend you pick teachers whom you can find online or in your local phone book.)
The teacher’s credentials should be the first thing that decides to check out. Ask them for their qualifications and any diplomas, certificates, accreditations, etc. This is very important because if they can’t provide these things their credibility will be compromised—which puts your experience with them at risk. There are several professional organizations that offer certifications for guitar teachers so look these up online or ask other teachers where they got their certification.
Some teachers may not have official accreditation but might still be qualified through personal study and years of experience. If this is the case then it would be wise to call on some former students to find out whether or not they were qualified and if they achieved good results from studying with this person.
In addition to the teacher’s official credentials, consider their teaching style and approach. Is it a serious learning environment or is it more casual? Do they have a lesson plan, website, blog, or another educational resource that gives you an idea about how they teach? There are always different approaches to finding out what suits you best. If you are not comfortable with your teacher then don’t be afraid to let them know so that they can try to improve things for you—this should also serve as motivation for them in developing their teaching skills so that they can gain your confidence in time.
You should always ask around about teachers within the practice community where you live because chances are someone you know has taken lessons with them. There is nothing wrong with asking your friends and family members who they studied guitar with if you don’t want to ask around online. You can also find people related to the guitar community in different ways like through local performance groups, social networking sites, etc.
If you are looking for a music instructor online then check out their website or blog posts—if they have one—to get a better idea of how they teach and educate students. Read through any educational resources that are available for free because this will give you an insight into what you can expect from this teacher’s instruction. If their website doesn’t offer any free content then look up some other teachers who do so that you can make sure the teacher suits you best before you pay any money.
In the end, if you have a good experience with a teacher then it should be easy to recommend them to other people so ask your instructor for recommendations for friends and family members who might want guitar lessons. Word of mouth is an important factor in determining whether or not teachers are successful so being able to give recommendations will also help your own teacher gain more students which can only benefit their career.