The beginners coursework for children is deigned to be suitable for kids as young as 7 years old. Children usually have big enough hands, strong enough fingers, and long enough attention spans to play a guitar by this age.
Since children tend to find concentrating a challenge, the structure of the coursework is centered on giving children achievable goals, and awards for their progress, such as ‘free time’ in the last 10 minutes where they can do fun stuff on their guitar.
The lessons for children are designed to kick off from the very basics with songs that start with just one string and one finger. They then progress to add another finger and string at a time until they are comfortable with the guitar and can play simple songs with the correct tempo and accuracy.
Each song in the course work is laid out in a manner so that the students progress can be tracked specifically. This allows children to see the progress they have made and stay motivated. Parents can also clearly see the progress their child is making. The amount of time it takes to play a song the whole way through is recorded. The mistakes are also tracked while they are playing the song. Then, a specific time target and accuracy target is set for the student to reach. This helps children to see that they are making progress, even when it is in baby-steps.
The coursework has a clear structure. It is broken down into beginner and intermediate coursework. You as the parent, and your child, will therefore always have a clear idea of how far along the student is. This clear structure in the coursework helps to reduce anxiety in children, allowing them to see how far they have come as well as knowing how each lesson will go.
Parents are welcome to sit in on lesson if they wish, although it is not necessary. Depending on the child it may help them to stay focused for longer, or it may make them feel under more pressure. It is up to the parent to make this decision. It is however very important that the parent be involved with the child’s practice schedule. A consistent practice schedule is the most important thing for learning an instrument, and children often don’t practice unless it is a rule set by the parents. This is particularly important in the initial stages, but as the habit of practice becomes set, and they begin to make progress, you will notice that they will begin to practice without being told.