Mannes College of Music
40+ years teaching, all ages
Ages 6 through Adults. I especailly like teaching children and beginners.
What do students need to bring to their first lesson?
Their guitar, I will take it from there to reccomend books and accessories.
For the first four lessons the goal should be to establish the correct sitting position and the positions of both hands. As well the proper right hand strokes used and be able to read in the first position on the treble strings. Memorization of the names of the open strings and notes on the musical staff is a goal as well for the beginning lessons.
I use the Royal Conservatory of Music books for technique and repertoire and sometimes other book prior to gettting into those depending on the specific needs and age of the student. Also a guitar foot stool is needed to maintain the proper sitting position through out an a tuner or app to keep the guitar tuned properly.
For beginners, 5 days a week 20-30 minutes a practrice session. As the student builds up endurance the sessions can increase in time. For more advanced students I would double the amount of practice time depending ont he level of difficulty of their repertoire.
Full year private lesson packages are best and I reccomend music theory classes as well.