Adult Music Education - Electric Guitar
These are just some thoughts that have been on my mind for awhile.
One reason an adult would not want to take guitar lessons is because the appearance of most teaching studios look like their main demographic is 5 - 10 year olds who are learning to play the piano. Adults might think they would be taught like 5 - 10 year olds which does not sound appealing especially because most adults who are interested in guitar lessons can already play the guitar. In my experience, adults want something new and different that inspires new musical ideas. I think this is extremely difficult to do in an environment that caters towards kids, and yet, I have not seen any Adult Guitar Studios that I can recall.
An Adult Guitar Studio would have guitars and amps most people can’t have at home. Learning would take place, but it would be more along the lines of applying what the adult student already knows, applying it to new/different equipment that creates both old sounds and new sounds, and finally introducing a new yet simple idea that they can take and incorporate into their own playing which in turn builds on what they know and creates a cycle of improvement and the development of new ideas in an appropriate and effective environment.
There are many reasons adults do not take guitar lessons and this idea is easier said than done. However, the value of learning through experience is significant and having someone (teacher) guiding the process helps too.
This may all sound weird but a “guitar haven” for where adult students can learn while feeling like adults is not something I hear mentioned when music education is discussed. Maybe it should be. Your thoughts?