How To Keep Guitar Students Longer When They Don’t Have Big Musical Goals

by Tom Hess

Helping your guitar students achieve bigger musical goals is critical for getting them to become great players. Your guitar students stay with you longer and make more progress when you know how to do this effectively.

To keep them longer, help them move beyond the initial stages of learning chords, random licks or songs. Many students take lessons with the goal of being able to do these things. Then once they can, they think there is nothing left to do. This is where you come in!

As a teacher, it’s up to you to help your students expand their goals and see all the cool things that can be achieved on guitar. For example: a student may initially come to you to learn the chords to a song. Once they are able to consistently play these chords, this is NOT the end of their musical journey.

Talk to them about setting new musical goals early on (before they are at the point of mastering their smaller goals), such as: creating their own chord progressions, writing songs, performing, learning how to play lead guitar, etc. Each of these general goals can be broken down into very specific goals, with specific items to practice. Find what inspires your students most, then explain to them how awesome it will feel once they’ve achieved their new goal.

End Result: Over time, your students grow and develop interests in various different musical goals. Their continual growth as guitar players depends on you consistently motivating them throughout this process. Do this and not only do your students stay longer (meaning more money for you), but they will tell others to take lessons with you as well!

Want to learn more ways to attract new guitar students? Read this article about getting guitar students to learn how to never struggle again to have a full teaching schedule.

Tom HessAbout Tom Hess: Tom Hess is a guitar teacher, music career mentor and guitar teacher trainer. He trains guitar teachers from all over the world how to earn 6-figures per year teaching guitar, while working less than 40 hours per week. 

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