The Rock Dojo is celebrating an awesome quarter of after-school group guitar lessons at ACCESS Academy, Beverly Cleary, Laurelhurst, and Irvington Schools.
Group Guitar Lesson Highlights this Quarter
This quarter, my students brought their A-game to the Rock Dojo after-school group guitar lessons. In particular:
- The ACCESS Academy students spontaneously composed an original song with bass parts, open power chords, and harmonized melodies! Not bad for a group of third graders, some of whom have never played the guitar before!
- One Beverly Cleary group guitar student wrote a computer program designed to help students master note names on the guitar.
- One ACCESS Academy guitar student wrote a complete pop ballad using the ABABCB pop formula.
Lessons Learned & Insights Gained
Too many guitar instructors spend too much time focusing on the technical aspects of playing guitar. While technical abilities are certainly important, kids want guitar lessons that are fun, they want simple tools to unlock their creativity, and they want to rock on the guitar with their friends in after-school group guitar lessons!
In other words, guitar instructors who can deliver fun guitar lessons, teach their students how to compose original music in simple terms, and do it in a way that builds community will continue to enjoy success as the industry changes!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brian Parham is the founder of the Rock Dojo in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches hundreds of kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years-old to play, perform, and compose their own original music on the guitar in after-school group guitar lessons. He’s also the author of three guitar method books including Guitar for Kids: Rock Dojo The Complete Belt System.