General Information on
Guitar Lessons for Kids
AGE GROUP BOYS AND GIRLS 5 - ADULT
The guitar, during the 20th
century, has established itself as the world's most popular musical
instrument. This instrument is adaptable, portable and attractive.
Its versatility has led to its use in a unlimited number of roles. The guitar is the foundation
in most groups and it can be played solo and still sound
appealing. Whether you play classical or rock, the guitar is
always popular at parties and around campfires. Like the piano, it is
ideal for learning about harmony and it is great to sing along to.
is a musical instrument
having a flat-backed rounded body that narrows in the middle, a long
fretted neck, and usually six strings, played by strumming or plucking.
As a beginner in guitar lessons your child will cover
techniques such as correct hand and finger posture, getting good tone
and proper use of the pick.
What age should my child
The guitar is one of the
most popular instruments and is suitable for students age five and up.
Your child needs to be able to sit through a half hour lesson. The guitar
is physically demanding and the technique is tricky. Kids will
develop calluses on their fingers. You should not expect great
progress for the first year but in this time your child will learn to become
comfortable with their instrument. Success or failure in playing the
guitar depends completely on the effort that is put into it.
for music can be done at anytime, as long as space is available, and
your session will be prorated. Registration can be done in person,
by phone, by mail or fax. In addition, some organizations will
allow you to register on line. Normally these programs are
very popular and space can be limited so don't delay registration or you
may miss out! Music programs are usually 16 -20 week sessions.
practice is necessary?
As with anything,
improving in music takes practice. One of the major problems with
children and music is the drudgery of practicing. There is no set
time, however your child must spend quality time each
day reviewing what they were taught. Practice must be concentrated and focused. Set the same
time every day to practice so that it becomes part of a routine or
habit. For young children 20 or 30 minutes seems like an eternity and
they spend more time watching the clock then practicing.
Instead of setting a time frame, use repetition as your gauge. For
example have your child play each piece 3 - 5 times per day.
The child does not pay attention to the amount of time they are
practicing but knows that they are on the third time and almost
finished. Ideally, your child should have a place to
practice without distractions and it should not disrupt the household.
If the home is small then you should consider the instrument chosen. A very
large instrument or a noisy instrument could be very disruptive and you
may not have the room for it.
Depending on the
instrument and the skill level of the child lessons will run either 30,
45 or 60 minutes per week. Lessons are scheduled on an individual basis.
Your registration reserves you a time slot for the duration of your
instruction period. It is imperative that you arrive promptly for
your lesson. They will normally give you only one make-up lesson
per session and any other that the child misses will be a forfeiture of
Formal and informal
recitals are an important part of the music program. They will offer
your child the opportunity to perform, listen and learn proper recital
etiquette. These recitals are not mandatory but it is to your
child's advantage for them to participate.
The cost of music lessons has four components:
- cost of the
- cost of
- competition or
The cost for lessons
would depend on whether your child is taking private or group lessons,
the length of the class and the qualifications of the instructor.
Music sessions will run
for 16 -20 weeks. As a general indication, most instruments
will be $25 - $40 for a 30 minute lesson, $35 -$50 for a 45
minute lesson and $50 - $60 for a 60 minute lesson. Some
organizations offer family discounts and group rates. Many
students enjoy taking lessons with their family or friends.
The cost of the
instrument would depend on whether you rent or purchase the instrument.
If you rent the instrument it is usually done on a three month trial
basis that will automatically turn into a year contract if the
instrument is not returned. You can pay the cost all once at the
beginning or they will automatically bill your credit card on a monthly
basis. If you choose to
purchase the instrument you have the option of purchasing a new or used
instrument. A used instrument will be substantially cheaper and
many times are like new. Cost information for purchasing or
renting a guitar is provided below in the equipment category.
You will need a strap for
an electric guitar, this is optional for acoustic or classical guitars. A
gig bag is light and easy to handle and will protect the guitar.
Hard cases are preferred if the instrument is being transported often
especially if others may be handling the instrument. Stands are optional
but a good item to have. Tuners are a necessity. Electric guitars
require an amplifier and cord. Steel string acoustic and electric
guitars require picks.
recitals are a wonderful way for your child to show their abilities to
the world and it is extremely exciting for them. However, many
recitals and competitions often have entry fees. You will need to
discuss with child's instructor their philosophy on this subject.
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instrument that your child begins with may not necessarily be the one
that they stay with forever. They are however, learning the
basics of music theory and harmony that can be easily converted to
You will know when your
child is ready to enter competition when he/she feels extremely
confident and is willing to play in front of people. This is the best
sign that your child is ready to go out and be judged for their
Rewards work very well
for children. Be sure to grant an occasional simple reward to help
encourage practice. Stickers are a great way to show approval.
Praise also tends to be a great reward; there is no substitution for a
pat on the back for a job well done.
Instruments are very
delicate and should always be protected from heat, cold and quick
changes in temperature.
It is important to
properly maintain your instrument at all times. It is a good habit to
clean a guitar regularly after use. Strings must be clean in order
to produce a good tone and accurate tuning. Each time the strings are
cleaned wipe the fingerboard with a dry, clean cloth.
device for boosting the signal from a pickup or microphone
||Two or more
notes sounded together
striking the strings held by the right hand. Also know as
a pick or plectrum.
||A round wooden
peg to hold each string on a solid headstock.
||Two or more
different pitches sounding at the same time
EVERY GOOD BOY DOES
||A rule to
remember the lines of a staff by using the first letter of each
for two players.
||A rule to
remember, from bottom to top, the spaces on a musical staff.
||Time set aside
for your child to review what the teacher has taught them during
their normal lessons.
written for one player, often with a piano accompaniment.
||The five lines
and four spaces used for writing music
||The letters A
through G. These are used to name the notes on the staff
in a LINE - SPACE - LINE - SPACE order.