Why is music important? I sat down with a world-class guitarist and music educator, Dave Celentano, to answer precisely that question. During the course of this interview, Dave outlines his philosophy on music education, provides parents with tips for creating music-rich environments and shares his first musical memories.
About Dave Celentano
Dave is the author of more than fifty guitar instruction and transcription books, a graduate of Musician’s Institute, and a guitar instructor for Guitar Tricks. In addition, Dave has released four CDs including his most recent release “Earth, Victory, and Heaven,” available on Spotify. You learn more about Dave at https://davecelentano.com/about/
Dave’s Philosophy for Musical Education
Dave has taught thousands of students over the course of his teaching career, so his philosophy on music education is simple and effective.
- Make it fun. It doesn’t matter if the student is a kid just getting started or an adult who wants to shred. Guitar lessons should be fun!
- Guitar lessons should be student-directed. That’s why Dave believes the best guitar instructors begin with the students’ interests. If a student likes classic rock, that’s the place to start.
- Branch out from there. Imagine music learning as a tree. The student’s interest is the tree trunk, but a great guitar instructor helps a student build a solid foundation while also branching out in diverse but related musical styles.
What Does Music Education Have to Offer Kids?
- It keeps kids busy and away from video games.
- It works in their brains because there is so much going on at the same time, including rhythm, pitch, and synchronization with bandmates.
- It helps students do better in other academics, especially math.
How Can Parents Build a Music-Rich Home?
According to Dave, parents can support their music in some very simple but powerful ways.
- Parents can play a musical instrument.
- Parents can listen to music in the home.
- Turn the TV off.
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