Keep your kids interested in guitar lessons!

Why are kids quitting guitar lessons anyway?

According to several sources children from eight to seventeen years old stop their lessons before the tenth lesson! The reasons range from lack of interest to lack of time but, tons of research notes:

Parents who create a music-centric atmosphere at home, help students stay engaged with their instrument for life.

I think all children deserve the explosive, mindful-experience  that John Iversen describes in his Ted Talk "Does Music Change a Child's Brain?"

Don't you? Well . . .

Here are four tools to keep them going strong!

1. Expectations matter

You understand goals, therefore you understand expectations. Spend time clarifying what your child's expections are for the next lesson. Familiarize yourself with the terminology and seek-out examples to support that information. The better you, the instructor, and your child know the expectations for the next lesson, the clearer the child's progress.

Did I mentions progress has a direct correlation with confidence and that:

Self-confidence is considered one of the most influential motivators and regulators of behavior in people's everyday lives.

Like I said, expectations matter.

2. Capture the lessons

Use your phone to insist on a video recap of the lesson or discuss the lesson with the instructor immediately afterwards. You can even sit-in on the lessons (fly on the wall, no teaching) to understand the expectations for your child.

Very little time is needed to capture the lesson and the benefit is massive!


Film the lesson on your phone. Your child will have a visual/aural support and you will have a clear example of what must happen before the next lesson. Let the instructor know, they'll probably do it for you!

Another option is to have your child teach you! Talk about camaraderie!

3. Speak up

The more you discuss your child’s guitar lesson, the more they perceive the importance of it. A daily check in is best and will promote your child's progress. Here are some ideas help start the conversation:

  1. Discuss their experience not 'what they did'
  2. Establish the expectations for the week everyday
  3. Praise the progress  you see or hear or perceive
  4. Relate the joy of music whenever you feel it


4. Learn yourself

Beyond the benefits for yourself, you and your child will share the experience of learning. You may not know this but, I believe learning is the closest thing to magic I can think of; enjoy the magic together.

Of course, the studio can help with that:

Online Lessons

Group Lessons

Private Lessons

Key take aways

Understand the expectations 

Discuss terminology, understand the goals, the instructor is your partner

Capture the lesson

Film it, sit-in, write a recap - massive benefit

Speak up

Praise the progress, discuss music, check in daily about the guitar lessons

Learn yourself

Compliment your child's learning with your own

If you have any suggestions as a parent, teacher, or student let us know!

Posted in Guitar Lessons, Guitar Professional Development.


  1. Thanks Thomas for this article! It not only stresses the importance of keeping good communication with the instructor but to BE INVOLVED with your child’s learning and like you said “making a music centric atmosphere at home” not to mention how important it’s is for brain development in children!
    I would take this advise not only with learning a music instrument but to other aspects of life as well 😁

    • Well said, Paola! I certainly try to be involved on so many levels that make my home happier. Lately, I’m trying to create unique dates with my wife to allow us some positive alone time that reinforces our relationship. Thanks for writing!

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