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Pitching Guitar Class: A Look at the Numbers

With tight and fluctuating school budgets, it can feel like an impossible mission to pitch a new idea. This is especially true of arts programming, as music educators know. Interested in starting a guitar program at your school? One way is to sell the powers-that-be on the bottom line: it’s just plain cheaper than other…

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4 Sites That Will Make You a Better Guitar Teacher

You’re a classroom guitar teacher and you’re having trouble planning lessons. Maybe your kids are getting better on guitar faster than you. You want to stay ahead of the curve, but when would you have time to take lessons and where would you find money in the budget? Don’t despair. There are awesome resources out…

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The End Is Near – Time for End-of-the-School-Year Chores

Just like your students, you are counting the days until the last final exam is taken and those sweet guitarists are on their way to summer! In our district it is very difficult to keep the momentum up during the last month of school. The first major interruption was A.P. Tests, immediately followed by S.O….

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3 Super Simple Music Theory Concepts for Guitar Students

It’s time these guitar students learn music theory. Life can’t just be about noodling and trying to figure out, Smoke on the Water. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone – we agree. However, it might surprise you to learn that teaching music theory on guitar is just about the easiest thing in the…

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Classroom Guitar Diaries – The Big Test

Wrap it up! Show me what you know! It’s the day of the big test! I begin by letting kids study with buddies for about 10 minutes of class. They are allowed to ask me any questions and review anything they don’t understand. Students ask about how to tell the difference between the 2 G’s….

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