Guitar Lessons for Kids & Teenagers in Leeds & Online
A New Approach to Guitar Tuition
Most kids see guitar practice as “more homework”. Learning guitar can be an uphill struggle, especially in the beginning.
I don’t think it needs to be difficult. It can be easy, in fact, if you approach it in the right way. With my programme, children are playing music from day one – but more importantly, kids love coming to lessons! So what makes my lessons different?
The problem with traditional guitar lessons
Traditionally, guitar lessons are taught like this: Teachers teach facts or introduce songs, as well as some scales or exercises, and the student is expected to practise on their own at home.
If the student didn’t understand a concept, or didn’t have a full grasp of the song during the lesson, it’s likely that they won’t feel confident picking the guitar up at home.
If the student doesn’t really like the song, it’s likely that they won’t feel inspired to pick up the guitar at home.
The Practice Problem
As the next lesson approaches, the student might feel stressed or overwhelmed. They might try to cram in a longer practice session before the lesson, only to have forgotten most of what was learned. Or, they might just pick up bad habits. Either way, the next guitar lesson becomes about “fixing mistakes”, and going over the same old song again.
Now, I’m not saying this approach is always wrong, or that teachers who use this approach aren’t good teachers. As a matter of fact, this is pretty much the way I was taught, and I used this ‘traditional’ approach for my own teaching, too! But it can contribute to a problem – the practice problem. Practice feels like homework, and lessons can feel like a test. Ultimately, if this carries on, the student is likely to quit.
My Accelerator Guitar programme is different. After 7 years of trying, I found a better way to teach:
My unique Accelerator Guitar Programme ticks off all five, and I’d love for you to try it.
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I’m Chris Morton, and I’ve been teaching guitar lessons in Leeds for 9 years. I help kids & teenagers play the music they love, while building their skills. With school teaching experience and a unique teaching approach, I’m well-equipped to teach children age 7 and up.
When I’m not teaching, I write & record music. My most recent project Team Picture toured the UK, and our music was played on BBC Radio 6 music, Radio 1, Radio X, BT Sport, and a Netflix series. I’ve also done TV work on acoustic guitar for an ITV series, which aired in 2019.
What ages can join kids guitar lessons?
I teach children aged 7 and up (School Year 3+). I also have teenage students on this programme.
Do you teach Electric or Acoustic Guitar?
I teach both, although I don’t teach “Classical” guitar music. Some students start on electric and some on acoustic – both ways work!
What is Accelerator Guitar?
It’s my unique programme for children & teenagers, designed for faster progress & stress-free learning. It’s the most effective, engaging way for kids to learn guitar (in my opinion, of course).
What credentials do you have?
- 9 years full-time teaching experience
- 22 years experience on guitar
- BA (Hons) Popular Music Studies Degree
- RGT Grade 8 Electric Guitar
- ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory
Do you offer a trial Lesson?
Yes! The trial lesson is free (I take a refundable deposit to secure your slot). For the first lesson, you don’t need to own a guitar. I want you to be happy before committing to regular sessions and purchasing an instrument.
What about safeguarding?
I have a full, enhanced DBS check, which is renewed annually. I’m also certified with a course in Child protection in Education (Music).
My Students Get Results
Here are a few messages from parents whose children passed exams. I don’t see exams as compulsory or essential. Grades shouldn’t be used as a ‘motivator’ for practice. My approach is to have students learn the songs from the syllabus first, then introduce the idea of taking the exam only when they are confident in their playing & motivated to practise.