Rethinking guitar pedagogy
I think we would all agree that the classical guitar has risen to heights never imagined twenty years ago. Along with classical guitar being recognized by the leading music schools and conservatories throughout the world, the majority of major concert guitarists are products of these colleges.
One area that has not experienced the same growth is the teaching of amateur players, both pre- and post-college age. Why, in spite of the work being done in this field by a number of dedicated and talented teachers, are we not seeing the same growth and development as in the college area? While there are many reasons, a major one is that we have never fully identified the components that go into successful guitar teaching for all levels and aspirations.