No matter if your student is looking to take guitar lessons for fun, or take his/her musicianship to the next level with professional goals in mind, our specialized teachers are able to provide professional advice about how to play guitar in a specific genre. Each student will have a guitar teacher who can advise parents on what the next steps should be, and when it’s time to move forward to a new goal.
After almost two decades of teaching students, we know as a school that being able to offer an array of guitar lesson focuses gives our students the advantage of fully enjoying the style of what they listen to on a regular basis, while getting them closer to sounding like artists they admire. Most importantly, we train students thoroughly so that they can consistently achieve a high performance level without the desire to “just sound like someone else.” We monitor progress by offering bi-annual evaluations where we can listen to them perform guitar and provide feedback that promotes clarity and progress (See Young Performer’s Awards under ‘Lessons.’).
Our school’s guitar students can study privately with an instructor who comes to their home, and if they are old enough, may also choose to study via Skype or Online Guitar Lessons with one of our specialists. Classical, Pop, Funk, Reggae, Country, Folk, Blues, Finger Picking Style, Rock, and Metal guitar lessons are all available through our SKYPE Lessons. Just as with piano lessons, all guitar teachers have annual recitals for their studios and they encourage students to take part in our Young Performer’s Awards, Master Classes and Concert Series.To learn more about our Guitar Specialists and lessons with them, click here.
Available to students ages 10 and up who have taken at least one year of lessons.
Guitar Lesson Format
The focus and content of each guitar lesson can be expected to vary from week to week, but the format of a typical lesson will be fairly consistent. Guitar Lessons will usually begin with a brief tuning period for the student and instructor, during which the instructor may need to assist the student. This will usually be followed by a warm-up, which may involve playing scales, a familiar song, or left hand and right hand exercises. After the warm-up, the content of the last week’s lesson will be reviewed, and the student will play the piece that they were practicing throughout the week. After questions have been answered and any issues have been addressed, the focus of the lesson will shift forward to a new piece of music, the introduction of a new technique, or perhaps a continuation of the previous week’s work. As the lesson concludes, the teacher will make sure that the student knows what to work on until the next lesson, and may talk about what will be covered in the next lesson.
Guitars and Accessories
There are several items which can be easily purchased at most music stores for a reasonable price that will make lessons and practice go smoothly for the student. The first of these items is the guitar itself. It may be an electric, acoustic, or nylon-string classical, depending on the preference of the parent, student, and/or perhaps instructor. If the guitar is electric, a cable, strap, and amplifier should also be purchased. The student should be able to easily push down the strings and produce notes without excessive effort. If the student is younger and smaller, they may have difficulty reaching over the body of the instrument and seeing the neck, particularly if it is an acoustic. If this is the case, a 3/4 or 1/2 size guitar is recommended, although the plastic toy guitars sold at common large retailers are to be avoided. An assortment of picks and a spare set of strings are a must have, while a guitar stand and case are optional. A music stand and a tuner are also recommended items. If the student is unsure how to use the tuner correctly, the teacher can demonstrate how to use it properly and then confirm the student’s understanding. Books and other materials may also be recommended for purchase by the teacher.
Pacing and Goals
A first year guitar student can expect to be able to read music, play some of his/her favorite pop songs, and memorize and perform a piece at a recital within the first year of lessons. As the student continues into the second year, they will begin to focus more on music theory, ear training, and more advanced guitar techniques. Emphasis will be placed on developing the student’s musical taste and understanding the varying roles of the guitar within music.
Intermediate and Advanced Guitar Lessons
As a student’s skill level becomes greater, they can expect to be more involved in shaping the content of their lessons. They may want to focus on one particular genre of music, mastering a specific technique, or learning the style of their favorite guitar player. Whatever their interest, the teacher will be as accommodating as possible, while also introducing concepts and techniques that the student may be unaware of that seem aligned with the student’s overall goals.
Benefits of Guitar Lessons With A PLIYH Guitar Teacher
In addition to being able to learn in a comfortable and familiar environment, PLIYH guitar students will benefit from the knowledge and commitment of a great staff of teachers. PLIYH is home to an experienced teaching staff and offers continuing education classes and workshops to encourage the exchange of ideas and approaches between guitar, piano, and vocal teachers. Also, most of our teachers perform frequently as well. On any given night of the week you may find one of our teachers performing at a club, with the symphony, or in church.