I have 12 years of experience teaching young students. I have found that the key is keeping them interested and motivated by giving them clear and achievable goals with precise assignment. Here some details and FAQs:
How old should my child be to start guitar?
I accept students from age 6.
How much will my child need to practice at home?
I suggest at least 10-15 minute sessions, three or four times a week.
What kind of guitar would you suggest for a young student?
I usually recommend a three-quarter size nylon string guitar, but I prefer using the first lesson to assess what guitar is most appropriate. At a very young age having the right guitar is crucial: if the kid isn't comfortable with it, he/she won't have fun playing it!
Where are the lessons located? How long and how much are they?
Please check HERE for details
What else does my child need to bring to the lesson?
Mel Bay Guitar Method Volume One is a book I like my young students to have. Other than that, a staff paper notebook will be enough. I will provide extra material through photocopies.
What can I do to help my child practice at home?
The key to successful learning for young students is motivation. As parents, there is a lot you can do to help them. Sit with them through practice, encourage them, be supportive, play with them (it's very easy at first!). At a very young age parental support is crucial. Once your children start to play their first songs, they will be very excited and will want to play every day. I see this happen all the time.
What do young students learn at the beginning?
We usually start with learning the simplest notes and making simple songs with them. Then they start learning rhythm and notation. In 4-5 weeks they'll be able to pick a song from their book and play it!