T E A C H I N G P H I L O S O P H Y
Here are few Philosophies that I have developed throughout my teaching experiences
1. Music lessons have the potential to be a lot of fun; They are a place where the student learns to develop physical technique, relaxation, proper position, and coordination. Eventually, the student will develop proper mental attitudes towards music and how to approach a creative problem. This can only be achieved with dedication and practice on the student's part, and continuous encouragement from the teacher.
2. The younger the student is, the more important it is for the parents to share the enthusiasm with their child and encourage them to practice. Picking up the instrument your self is a great way. Usually students with a family member who also plays the guitar practice a lot more for competition's sake or just to be able to participate in the family atmosphere.
If the family cannot play instruments, simply playing music while performing day-day activities such as driving, cooking, cleaning, or reading a book can help trigger questions and imagination for the student.
3. The more students practice, the better their lessons will be. Students are expected to practice proportionally to their age and objectives. Moreover, I respect students who admit they haven't practiced. Life is busy and sometimes we don't get the time, it is understandable. Once the student commits to the lessons, its a long time goal, a single week is not a problem. However, continuously not practicing would result in a negative lesson environment that eventually leads to the student wanting to quit. it is much better to address that from an early stage.
4. On the topic of tablatures vs music notation, I am a fan of both and would teach both depending on what the student prefers. If you need further explanation, I'd be happy to.
5. Failure is the only way forward. I encourage students to make as many 'mistakes' as possible, and actively learn how to solve their problems. This is the true way of mastering an instrument; learning how to problem solve rather than establish a huge library of songs that you can play.