5 Things That Constitute an Excellent Guitar Teacher

by Daniel Patterson


5 Things That Constitute an Excellent Guitar Teacher

Teaching is considered to be one of the most important professions, and this lies in their ability to educate people on different topics. Many of the world’s greatest and most successful people attribute their development to a teacher of some sort. These instructors are not necessarily the ones you find in schools, but they may also manifest in the form of mentors you had growing up.

On the contrary, a teacher’s influence may also play a role in a student losing hope in learning altogether. Bearing this in mind, teaching is a profession that holds the utmost importance in ethics because the power they have over shaping the minds of students is unlike any other. 

Teaching how to play the guitar is no different from any other form of teaching, as the educators are shaping the way the youth perceive the world of arts. Music is a form of art that almost everybody subscribes to and has arguably made the world a different place. If you want to know how to succeed in music education, every great guitar teacher holds these traits:


In the process of teaching a new instrument, students are bound to struggle with knowledge on musical terms, chords, and know-how. In order to build a lasting base of students who are willing to keep coming back, it is important to note how it was when you were first introduced to the guitar. Try to remember how hard it was for you, with the frustrations of failing and making mistakes. 

Being impatient with your students is a surefire way of scrapping their music dreams, which is something you do not want to happen. Each guitarist has their journey with music. Who knows? Maybe one day, a student of yours will gain traction and make it to the world stage, and you’ll be thanked big time.  

Belief in success

There is no doubt that in your career of being a guitar teacher will attract many kinds of learners. Some may be hungry to learn, while others may feel forced into it or on the fence about it. Either way, they are still seeking your expertise, and it is your job to develop their skills. 

A great educator would go into mentoring with the notion that their student will be successful. Should their dreams not come true, you can always rest easy knowing that you taught them a valuable skill they can be proud of. 

A positive approach to learning

Having a positive attitude when going into guitar teaching is important because this energy rubs off on the students. This energy will allow them to absorb what you are teaching because the passion you have for the subject will show them your love for the instrument. Passion is what keeps the energy flowing, and this will attract more students to your classes. 


Being flexible is important because it helps you manage your time and business. You should be prepared to encounter last-minute cancellations and schedule changes without disrupting your income. 

Asides from schedule-based issues and activities, you should be multidimensional in the sense that you are able to accommodate many different styles and genres. If a student wants to know more about playing jazz or rock styles, you should be prepared to teach the basics. Being somewhat of a jack of all trades is an important skill in teaching guitar because each student has their own aspirations that they wish to pursue. 


Being organized is a skill that must be sharpened when becoming an educator. If your student base grows, you will need to perfect your organizational skills. Physical or digital calendars help with this as they allow you to keep important dates and scheduled lessons in one place. Keeping your phone updated with all your clients and meetings is important because that is how you will be contacted. It could also help to make notes of tools you will be using to avoid forgetting anything. 


These traits are important in starting a music business. Even if you have the characteristics of a great guitar teacher, though, you may not know how to start a private music studio. Luckily for you, this is something that Grow Your Music Studio can help with. We have assisted over 300 music teaching businesses in their growth, and we’re happy to add you to the number!

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Daniel Patterson is a private teacher, writer, and marketing consultant for music schools. He began teaching in 2004. He co-founded and led marketing operations for a summer music camp that sees over 200 children each summer.

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