Are guitar lessons for children or guitar lessons for beginners (as a child) the same as adult guitar lessons? It is a proven fact that children and adults learn differently. It would stand to reason that a guitar teacher should have plenty of teaching methods in their arsenal.
Pedagogy (pèd-e-go´jê) literally means the art and science of educating children and often is used as a synonym for teaching. More accurately, pedagogy embodies teacher-focused education. In the pedagogic model, teachers assume responsibility for making decisions about what will be learned, how it will be learned, and when it will be learned. Teachers direct learning.
The great teachers of ancient times, from Confucius to Plato, didn’t pursue such authoritarian techniques. Major differences exist between what we know of the great teachers’ styles, yet they all saw learning as a process of active inquiry, not passive reception. Considering this, it is surprising that teacher-focused learning later came to dominate formal education.
Andragogy, initially defined as “the art and science of helping adults learn,” has taken on a broader meaning since first introduced in Germany as early as 1833. The term currently defines an alternative to pedagogy and refers to learner-focused education for people of all ages.
The andragogic model says that five issues be considered and addressed in formal learning. They include (1) letting learners know why something is important to learn, (2) showing learners how to direct themselves through information, and (3) relating the topic to the learners’ experiences. In addition, (4) people will not learn until they are ready and motivated to learn. Often this (5) requires helping them overcome inhibitions, behaviors, and beliefs about learning.
Unfortunately, andragogy usually is mentioned in education terms as the way adults learn. Experts concede that four of andragogy’s five key assumptions apply equally to adults and children. The sole difference is that children have fewer experiences and pre-established beliefs than adults and thus have less to relate.
In the information age, the implications of a move from teacher-centered to learner-centered education are staggering. Postponing or suppressing this move will slow our ability to learn new technology and gain competitive advantage.
For Example: Jimi and Stevie Ray are examining and attempting to play guitar. Each of them has a white guitar. Suddenly Jimi yells, “Listen Stevie Ray, I made an Am chord!” “How did you do it?” asks Stevie Ray. “I put my fingers on the correct notes!” yells Jimi. Other children gather around to watch and ask for a turn. The teacher wonders aloud what would happen if they mixed other notes. She allows the children to explore notes and chords while watching the imagination of the young mind develop.
This is an example of discovery learning or hands-on learning. One child made a discovery about 2 notes and chord variations by experimentation. Many children explored other notes and made new discoveries. They wrote them down and posted the chart so they could use it for a reference. They learned by doing. You see this kind of activity going on daily in quality schools and child care centers around the country.
Research has shown that people remember things better when they learn them by doing.This is even true for adults. Here is an example. You want to learn how to play the guitar so that you can join a band. How will you learn to play?
- Will you:
- 1. Buy a book and read about how to play guitar.
- 2. Watch a video: guitar lessons for beginners.
- 3. Find a qualified teacher who teaches proactively, starting with how to hold a guitar and learn to play.
Which way will help you learn the instrument the best? Choice 2 and 3 is the best combination for most people because they actually get to try the activity and learn the rules as they learn to play. They learn in a hands-on way.
Hands on learning is good for both children and adults. The learner is actively involved instead of just sitting and listening. This is the way we want our children to learn and we know that research backs us up. In order to learn best, children must be actively involved in hands-on activities every day.
There are plenty of hands on activities for kids to learn: from getting dressed to looking at books, and buttoning, zipping, and tying. You will be surprised at how much your child can do and how fast he/she can learn with the proper teaching techniques.
When it comes to guitar lessons for beginners, choosing a guitar program for kids is not much different than choosing an adult guitar lessons program for the first time learner. The best teachers understand everything that has been discussed above. Yes, if you can find a private teacher with the right qualifications, you will have a good advantage in the learning process. Cost is a big issue between buying a comprehensive self study guitar program for a one time fee, and seeing a private guitar teacher at about $100.00 plus dollars every month for a few years.
The problems lies in twofold. One problem is the high cost of private lessons. The other issue is how do you really know who is a qualified teacher until after the fact. It may take months before you can evaluate your instructor. That can waste more money than the cost of the course. If you come to the conclusion many of my readers have come to, just because said teacher may be a good guitar player, in 90% of the cases, the teacher is not necessarily qualified to teach guitar.
The ”Learn and Master Guitar” guitar lessons for children and beginners at home self study course is laid out in bite-sized chunks in a 20 DVD course. Designed for home study, the instructor has an education in delivering guitar lessons on DVD with an excellent instruction manual well suited for anyone with no experience with playing guitar. Buy it one time, use it for yourself and your children. That is a great value. GuitarPlayersCenter.com