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Why Do Our Child Students Play Guitar So Well? 

Do you ever struggle to get your child to practice the guitar?

What if they enjoyed playing the guitar so much... that you didn't have to argue... or even bribe them into it...  

I'll tell you exactly how to do that... right after a short story about my first musical instrument as a child (the violin)... 

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“He won’t practice”

Said my mum...

She was talking to my violin teacher...

And I was stood right beside her...

I looked up... wondering where this conversation was going... 

She was at her wits end... 

And I was driving her up the wall... 

See.. I'd been having violin lessons at my school for a few years now...

When each week I dragged my huge violin case into school...

And mum following me behind... 

She sat down on a wooden chair just outside my lesson...

And listened to me squeeking away on the violin for thirty minutes...

It sounded like cats nails screeching down a chalk board...

*EEEK EEEK EEEEEEEK*

After half an hour... I ran out of my lesson... ready to go home...

I was exhausted!

The big smile on my face told mum that I loved my lesson... 

But... then when I got home...

She couldn't get me to practice

If I was enjoying the lesson so much... why didn't I practice?

Why was I causing mum to get so frustrated...

That she was ready to pull me out of lessons...

Forever?...

It wasn't like I never, ever practiced....

Sometimes I did...

But the only way she could get me to practice was at the end of an argument...

Mum would try politely asking me many times to go and practice...

But most of the time I just wouldn't do it...

I wanted to play football... or go watch TV... or do anything else than difficult practice...

And this would lead to an argument... 

Upset... I would go and pick up my violin...

And squeek for a few sad minutes through a song...

Then run back to mum... and say "DONE!"...

See.. I thought I was done... 

Mum knew it wasn't real practice... 

But it wasn't worth the sake of more arguments...

So often that would be enough... I would "get away with it"...

And I wouldn't really learn to practice at all... 

It was exhausting for mum... constantly asking me to play at home...

She just wanted me to practice on my own...

To take some initiative... 

And to want to do it without being pushed... 

Other peoples kids seemed to do it... why wouldn't I?

Well... most children don't have a clue what practice is...

And no one is born with discipline... 

So I didn't understand that I wasn't really practicing... or why it was important...

How could I? 

The truth is that any child that practices well...

Has developed that habit from a young age...

It's been nurtured... 

So mum and dad put their heads together... 

And they came up with a 'cunning plan' to get me practicing the violin...

Dad thought if bought another violin... and started coming to lessons with me... 

He could sit outside and listen to everything i was learning... 

Then at home he could practice along with me home... 

At first... i resisted it...

I didn't want him to play with me...

Because I that meant I had to do more 'boring' practice...

But after a few sessions... 

I realised it was more fun...

I was actually getting better... and I was playing more than ever before... 

Dad realised the secret was in playing more... 

He was already a musician who played guitar...

And he just took his way of practicing... and got me to do it on the violin...

I enjoyed practicing so much...

That I started getting better...

And I started learning what real practice was... (not just 'done' after 5 minutes)...

Eventually when I switched to guitar years later...

I already knew how to practice... And I knew how to be disciplined... 

Because I had learned it by practising with my dad...

It took a lot of learning and mistakes for me to get good at it... 

And that's exactly how all kids are...

No child is born knowing how to practice... 

Every child has to learn how...

(and every parent has to learn how to best support them)... 

So now... when I teach students... I don't expect them to be good at practicing right away... 

They have to learn...

And we teach them exactly what to do in our lessons...

Hi my name is Darryl Powis...

I'm a guitar teacher and musician based in Stratford, London. 

I've been playing music since I was a little boy... And I've made it my mission to create a world-renowned guitar school. 

I've built a small team of incredibly passionate guitar teachers - and we all work together to create the best learning environment and curriculum we can. 

Years ago I worked for other music schools...

I noticed that most children who pick up an instrument don't actually get good at playing it...

It bothered me...

Why is it always so hit and miss? 

After teaching thousands of childrens music lessons (and attending a lot myself as a child...) I've come to some conclusions...

The Top 3 Reasons Why Most Children Struggle To Practice Guitar

#1 Children Aren't Taught How To Practice...

Children have to learn to build the habit of practicing...

It's the number one source of stress I see for parents with their kids... 

And the first thing to understand about it... is that it's normal...

It doesn't mean that they are a bad child... and it doens't mean you are a bad parent...

It's just a starting place... that everyone begins with...

Heck... don't adults also have a problem with habit building? 

How many of us wish we had better habits? 

Whether it's with food... or work... or exercise... 

Building habits is always hard...

So if we want our child to learn to get good at practicing the guitar...

We've got to dig deeper and understand how to help them...

They need to learn how to actually practice their instrument...

Kids often think it's about putting the time in...

"I did it for 5 mins mum, I'm done now"...

And that's because they haven't learned HOW to practice... 

So why don't kids learn how to practice?

#2 Most Guitar Lessons Are Too Short

Most music lessons are traditionally 20-30 minutes long... once a week if you're lucky...

Or often.. its every other week...

The problem with this... is that the lessons are so short... that the teacher is only going to have time to 'show' your child stuff...

And not to actually teach them how to practice...

It becomes hit or miss whether kids actually do the practice at home... 

And even more hit or miss (mostly miss) those who practice correctly... 

That's why most kids do not get good at music... 

The drop out rate from most music programmes is incredibly high.... Because they never even get past the first hurdle... 

And I think it's largely down to the failed old model of 30 minute lessons...

See... even if they didn't practice... and just spent a little more time with their teacher... they would get better anyway...

When you start getting better... you start enjoying it more... (and wanting to put in more time at home...)

So my advice to you is to avoid 30 minute lessons like the plague...

Becuase it's very difficult to get improvement in only 30 minutes... and the longer it takes your child to improve, the harder it is to get them to keep playing (or practising)...

We only teach one hour long lessons...

Some people think that sounds like its too long for their child... 

You might be right... But that's normally only true if they are bored for an hour...

I've found that children have no problem working on things for a long time when they are having fun...

Most kids don't struggle to sit still and play a video game for an hour... 

And they love learning guitar for an hour in our lessons.

#3 Most Teachers Don't Use 'Practice Magnets'...

There are two types of motivation... 

Internal... and external...

Kids need a balance of both...

There's a little gem that works well for both...

Getting kids playing in a band...

No matter their age... A group of kids... playing in a little band will ALWAYS get them to practice.

Because they know there's a performance coming up...

Because they know that the other kids will have learned the song... 

Because it's fun...

Most guitar lessons are playing on their own... or with a teacher...

But music is a language... and it needs to be spoken..

Which means if your child can spend at least some of the time learning to play songs to 'rock out' on a stage with other kids...

They will start playing more...

And they will want to practice more...

So we use every trick in the book to make children want to practice at home... 

Amongst our teachers we call them "practice magnets"... It's the little details that make the difference between your child getting really good... 

Or giving up after a few years or months...

Why Choosing A Guitar Teacher Is About More Than Asking "Are They A Good Musician..."

Why do some children pick up an instrument and take to it very quickly... and others seem to struggle?

Is it natural talent?

Well...

Jimi Hendrix didn't arrive out of his mothers womb as a baby being able to play the guitar...

People say Mozart was talented...

In fact, he was considered one of the most talented, child prodigies of all time...

But the truth is... he sat and practiced with his Dad (a master musician himself) every day from a young age...

And by the age of 6 he had done about 3000 hours of high quality practice.

Most of your child's success is going to be based on two things:

How To Find The Right Teacher For Your Child

The right teacher can make all the difference...

In fact... the reason why I play guitar today... and not the violin (my first instrument)...

Is because when my parents moved house I had to change teacher...

They found a very highly qualified violinist to come round our house once a week...

He was an excellent player... and would often be booked to play very prestigious concerts...

But...

I did not get on well with him at all...

In fact, I never looked forward to any of my lessons... 

I couldn't wait for them to finish.

He seemed to make everything about violin miserable for me...

Each week I had a session of 'violin shame'... 

Where he would spend thirty minutes making 9 year old me feel even smaller...

I kept going to the lessons... because I didn't know how to tell my mum I hated it...

But after a few years I plucked up the courage to tell her... and I stopped the violin forever. 

Which is why I think it's incredibly important that you find the right teacher for you and your child. 

A good teacher makes you forget that you're learning...

Because they make studying so enjoyable that you want to just keep going. 

They find ways to make practising fun... and they make you want to become better at your guitar...

Which brings me to the second biggest factor for your childs success:

How Do You Motivate Your Child To Practice Guitar? 

This is the most misunderstood part of instrument learning for children there is... 

See... Most parents think of motivation and determination like this: 

'You've either got it... or you don't...'

They think that their child should practice all the time right from the beginning...

And if they don't...

Maybe their child just isn't cut out for music...

And then they might think that they are wasting their money with music lessons... 

However... 

What's important to know about learning the guitar... is that it basically sucks for the first year... 

I don't mean that the lessons aren't fun (our lessons almost always are)...

I mean that the instrument it's self is very difficult to play. 

And sticking with it is the first test... 

There are so many fine motor skills to learn... and internal musical skills your child has to develop...

That I'm not surprised when children in their first year of learning don't want to practice on their own.

They don't know the benefits of sticking with something long term yet... and keeping going even when it's difficult. 

But... They learn.

And the longer they play... the more determined children get.

They begin to mentally associate hardwork... and 'stickability' with getting better at things...

Which is a pretty good skill to have later in life... 

So with all of this in mind...

I've developed our learning programme for kids...

Our Childrens Guitar Programmes

We have our own custom-built learning programme for children...

With our own curriculum... and easy-to-follow books that any child (or parent) can work from...

The most important part of what our children do though...

Is performing...

What is the purpose of music?

To be performed...

So all of our children learn to perform their songs... 

In fact... right from the very beginning of their experience learning with us...

They learn to perform their pieces right from the beginning.

And you'll get to see them perform what they have been learning at the end of almost of every lesson...

Why?

Because I want to rid them of performance anxiety... 

I want it to be something they don't even remember... 

Most adults place public speaking as a bigger fear than death...

Which is a shame... because the ability to speak publicly is fantasticly important for everyones lives... 

I've noticed that the more kids perform from a young age... the less they fear public speaking when they are older...

In addition... their mini-performances every week have another incredible benefit.

One of the most powerful things for any child learning an instrument...

Children who perform what they are learning every week...

Learn that they don't need to play 'perfectly' to perform.

This is because they are often playing what they have been learning that day in their lesson...

And it's always a 'work in progress'...

They learn that it's ok to show our 'works in progress'...

How Are Our Childrens Guitar Lessons Different To Any Other Teachers? 

We Don't Like Traditional Guitar Curriculum or "Grades"... So We Created Our Own Curriculum from Scratch...

After teaching hundreds of children the traditional guitar grades... we noticed a lot of problems...

See... while children learn to play pieces of music...

They often miss out on lots of other important pieces of musical education as a result of focusing on the grades... 

Not to mention the fact that a lot of children stop playing all together once they hit a certain "grade"... Thinking they've achieved it all... 

So we made our own unique childrens learning system. Which combines our easy-to-follow books with our in person lessons. 

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All Lessons Are With Professionally Trained Teachers

We have a very small, close-knit team that work together...

Not only are they professional musicians...

They are professional teachers. Which makes a big difference. 

We're not palming you off to a barely-out-of-school teenager who's doing this as a weekend job... 

You'll see the same teachers every week, and they are going to guide you in exactly what you and your child needs.

Your Child Will Learn To Play In A Band... 

All of our children get to experience playing music with other kids during their learning process...

Music is a language... languages are meant to be spoken... (or in this case played)... 

We know that the more your child plays the guitar... the better they will get... and the more fun they will have...

(And the more practice they will do as a result)...

So we get our children guitarists to do a lot of playing together... 

They develop into young performers... Which brings me to the next point...

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Quarterly Open Mics

Invite along your family and friends...

Every 3 months we run open mic performances for children who learn guitar with us...

You'll get to see your child play infront of a big audience... (often 50-100 people).

And you'll get an idea of their progress (3 months is a good amount of time to notice change). 

It's also a great opportunity to make friends with other parents who's children learn with us... 

And swap practice and parenting tips with eachother 🙂 

All Of Our Lessons Are An Hour Long

We don't believe in 30 minute lessons... 

We know that if you want your child to stick with the instrument, make progress...

And enjoy it - they need to get good.

If you are worried that an hour is too long for your child....

We offer a free assessment session to work out if it's a good fit. 

You might be surprised how easy it is for your child to engage in their guitar lesson... 

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The team are super friendly, there is a very strong sense of community. My son has lessons and he has found it truly inspiring. I can’t recommend Darryl and his team enough.

Michael, father of Luca, age 11

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My Daughter has had lessons for 3 years.

I can always see the hard work and commitment the guitar teachers put into their lessons with my daughter.

I now get to play guitar with my daughter which is really special.  

Piotr, father of Nina, age 11

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Kids' guitar lessons here are always fun, engaging and relevant. The guitar teachers take time to get to know the kids and create a great atmosphere. 

I've also seen a huge boost in my son's confidence from attending lessons too!

Red, mother of Jasveer, age 8

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Are Your Childrens Guitar Lessons?

Just so you know... we aren't the cheapest teachers around...

In fact, our lessons are more expensive than most other guitar teachers... 

That's because we put a lot of care and attention into our lessons and provide the very best education we can. 

If you're looking for a ball park figure - I suggest calling us! (the number is +44 203 143 4809)

Since we have several different kids programmes, a few short questions and we can easily give you an idea of price. 

Alternatively you can click the orange button above and fill in the form, we will get back to you shortly.  

Where In London Are The Lessons?

The address is Guitar Tuition East London 8-10 Penny Brookes Street, East Village, London E20 1BN

It's a custom built teaching studio, right next to Westfield shopping centre... 

We are only 5 minutes from Stratford station... or 3 mins from Stratford International station... 

Parking is also not too far away. There are several parking complexes within 5 minutes walking. 

Can You Travel To Me For Lessons?

We don't travel to your home for lessons... 

But... we do also offer online lessons for kids, which is a suitable solution if you want to learn with us from home. 

Are Your Lessons In Groups Or One-to-One?

We do one to one, doubles, triples and larger groups too... 

Because music is a language... it's very important that your child plays a lot...

We place your child in the best environment for them to learn. We can give a recommendation of what is best after a short assessment lesson. 

You can apply for one of those by clicking the orange button below. 

Does My Child Need To Have Their Own Guitar?

You do not need a guitar already to book the assessment. 

We are able to provide a guitar for the very first lesson.

In fact... if you don't already ahve a guitar I would recommend this... because then we can recommend the right guitar for your child.

After the first session you will need to buy a guitar for them to practice on.

We have a recommended list you can buy from. (we don't sell the guitars ourselves.. - we just like making good recommendations.

What Times/ Days Of The Week Are Lessons?

We have lessons running 6 days a week (we are only closed on Fridays)  

The best way to find out if we can fit the time you need...

Is to call us on +44 203 143 4809

Or click the orange button and we can get back to you.