Academic or Recreational Music Lessons – What’s Best for You?
Knowing the TYPE of music tuition you are getting, will help you decide how much time your child needs to practice at home. For most families music lessons will slot in as an extracurricular activity. Unless your child is getting music lessons as part of their schooling curriculum, most likely you’ll be taking 30min private music lessons once a week. Aside from the [...]
Understanding How Kids Learn
Our job as educators and parents involves encouraging children to develop a lifelong passion and desire for learning. As everyone’s experience shows, this is easier said than done. This series of articles will guide you through helping your child awaken the desire to learn music. Specifically, we will help your child learn to enjoy regular guitar practice sessions, reapin [...]
Does the brain structure of kids who learn music differ from those who don’t?
Does the brain structure of kids who learn music differ from those who don’t? According to a study done in 2003, researchers found that gray matter volume differed in motor, auditory, and visual-spatial brain regions of professional musicians when compared to a matched group of amateur musicians and non-musicians. The researchers believe that this is due to struc [...]
10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn Guitar
10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn Guitar Have you ever encouraged anyone to take up a new hobby or pastime? Or maybe thought of learning something satisfying for yourself? Playing a musical instrument is rewarding, and here at Gentle Guitar™ we think one of the most rewarding of all is... a guitar! Here are 10 good reasons why everyone should consider learning t [...]
The Benefits of Guitar Lessons for Kids
The Benefits of Guitar Lessons for Kids As parents and educators we try to give our children every opportunity to live a happy and successful life. One of the best ways is to introduce them to the gift of music, and not only are guitar lessons an ideal way to do that, they also provide many benefits. Aside from the well-known benefits such as improved reading and writing [...]
How to choose a guitar for a child
How to choose a guitar for a child Has your 5 to 12 year old just asked for a guitar? Wondering which guitar to buy for your child? Music shops are not always as helpful or reliable as you’d expect when advising customers about guitars for kids. Why? Their main aim is to sell guitars, whatever is in stock is usually the “right” guitar for your kid They a [...]
What do private guitar lessons cost ?
What do private guitar lessons cost? It’s hard to generalize about the price of quality private one-to-one guitar lessons for kids. Costs fluctuate world-wide based on teacher expertise and experience, your country’s economy, and the teacher’s location (whether rural or urban). In some cases it could be in your best interest to find a very good local teacher, while [...]
How to choose the right guitar teacher for your child
How to choose the right guitar teacher for your child Finding the right teacher is the difference between your child thriving and loving the lessons, or losing interest completely. The best guitar teacher in town is wrong for your child if he or she is not experienced with children or doesn’t like to work with them. It’s easy to tell if a guitar teacher is right. Th [...]
At what age can kids start guitar lessons ?
At what age can kids start guitar lessons? There’s a discrepancy among guitar teachers regarding the best age to start lessons. Some say as young as 3, others advise not before 8 or even 10. Why the discrepancy? Not all music lessons are taught the same. There are no world or state standards in guitar tuition: The majority of guitar teachers are part-time mu [...]