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The End of Noodling or Take Back Your Guitar Class

When a student has an instrument in their hands, they want to use it. However, making “unwanted” sound can be distracting, slow down a class, and if I hear the lick from “Sweet Child of Mine” one more time, I’m gonna….. It’s important to take noodling in stride, but it’s also important to put an…

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Classroom Guitar Diary – Guitar Sub Plan

The big question… What do I do with a sub? You could pop in a movie… But, I know that when kids come to my room, they expect to play instruments. Also, there are a ton of resources out there that can instruct anyone to do anything. So, here are some options for you… Our…

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Classroom Guitar Diary – Week 7

The G and D chords and learning about a progression. I had a restful two week spring break! And so did most of my students so, I was a little worried about how much they would retain. Back to our regularly scheduled classes! I started this week’s lesson letting students know that we will be…

All You Can Eat Guitar Ensemble Music

Being a musician helps you see patterns. So, after years of teachers telling us that they wanted more guitar sheet music for their classroom guitar programs, we started to see a pattern. Eureka! All you can eat guitar music. Step up to the buffet and start getting some ideas for your classroom. * Steve Kaufman…

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11 Ideas for a Big Guitar Program on a Tiny Budget

You’re a teacher…even better…a school music educator! You have navigated budget cuts and lived to tell the tale, you are used to ambiguity (communicating through dots on a page), and you know you’re going to have to figure out how to run your classroom guitar program in adverse conditions. What to do!?!? First: We’re here…

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