A vital component to guitar lessons is homework. It’s important after every class with a Guitar Teacher NYC that the students knows what they need to work on for the week.
It’s hard to remember everything discussed in a lesson. To fully maximize you’re learning it’s more effective to have a list to review. The goal of lessons is not to test if you remember all the topics discussed, but to have a clear plan on you goals for the week.
When you look at a map you want to find the straightest path to your destination. You not only need to know where you’re going and where you started but all the transfers in between.
Guitar Teacher NYC Mark Marshall always keeping an eye on the past, future and present. To help assist with this I include what I like to call “homework” with every lesson.
I know, you’re probably scarred by that term from years of high school history class. For once though this is going to be homework you’re going to want to do. You wont be graded on it. There are no teacher parent conferences you should worry about. Are you getting the idea these things used to make me sweat?!?!
Homework is more of an overview of the material we’re working on. Within this overview from Mark Marshall, Guitar Teacher NYC instruction on how to review, including suggestions on time commitment for each task.
I mention time commitment because a lot students don’t know how to break up their practicing routine. This leads to an unbalanced workout. I’m not talking about adding more time to your lesson and overloading. I’m talking about dispersing time equally to different tasks for the week.
Fries and a Burger
I have seen too many teachers use the drive through fast food approach. A student walks in the room and the teacher asks what song they want to learn that week.
This is a problem because when you’re learning songs on the spot this way you don’t really have enough time to design a proper lesson plan. Out of the microwave and into a box.
As a Guitar Teacher NYC I prefer to know what songs we’re going to work on in advance. This way I can analyze the song. I’m going to consider all the techniques required to play that composition and the best way to get you there.
If it will take some exercises to help you build up required skills I’m prepared when you walk in the room. I think about this with every song I learn. It’s so important to my teaching that I keep a data base of songs and skills used in them.
Upon hello, I’m already thinking about your homework for the week. It’s not a one style burger for all kind of thinking with this Guitar Teacher NYC.
I’ve witnessed a lot of teachers treat classes with a revolving door mindset. In and out. How can you truly assist someone in learning when you approach guitar like this?
On a number of occasions I have had students come to me from other teachers who felt like they never really learned anything in lessons. Those who don’t understand learning are not great teachers.
There will never be a time after one of our classes where you don’t feel like you’ve learned anything or can’t remember what we went over.
Sometimes the stress of feeling like you need to remember everything from a lesson can hamper you’re learning. When you tense up your mind doesn’t remember as effectively as when you’re relaxed.
Homework coupled with my video demonstrations of the lesson from me, Guitar Teacher NYC take all of the stress out of the equation. You don’t have to worry if you’re going to remember the first thing we discussed that day.
You can take a deep breath and concentrate on the present. When you get home you will have an email in your mailbox with the current weeks homework.
I keep a duplicate of each weeks homework. When we meet for our next lesson I’m not asking you what we did last week. Rather, I’m reviewing how your practice went ad making plans for this week.
As a Guitar Teacher NYC I always keep a record of the work we’re doing. I keep notes about what songs we’re working on. What exercises I gave you.Your likes and dislikes. How much time you have to practice daily. And last weeks homework.
There are teachers that subscribe to the every student works out of the same book method. This approach has never worked for me. I do work out of a book I wrote for learning guitar, however it’s a reference book which is different then an exercise book.
I’ve never thought as lessons as a mass production assembly line. Each student is unique. They have different interests… Different experiences.
Being a Guitar Teacher NYC I believe lessons should be individualized. Teachers that teach from a “mass approach book” don’t give comprehensive homework. This is because there is nothing personalized about the information they’re giving you.
Each of my lessons are personalized. I’m always thinking about your experience. After all isn’t that the point of taking one on one lessons as apposed to a large class setting?
I’ve seen cases where students have come to me from other teachers. They feel like they’re not getting somewhere. They feel dumb. As if they just can’t learn guitar. Their old teacher was a good guitarists so it must not be their fault for you not learning.
I find that if a student practices regularly and is still having problems understanding or accomplishing goals the fault lies on the teacher.
A student will never feel dumb from me as a Guitar Teacher NYC . You should be receiving information in a manner that you can relate to. If the lesson is clear and you have a designated route for practice you will see improvement and not be confused.
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