Teaching Pre School Guitar Lessons

By: Keith Evans

In Birmingham alone, there are over 2,000 privately owned pre-schools, not to mention all the state-run ones.

That adds up to a gigantic number of little people that would enjoy the experience of listening to, and fiddling with, a guitar.

The quality of their experience will stay with them forever and will influence their musical interests in later life. Hopefully they’ll get hooked on the guitar from an early age.


Pre School Guitar Lessons – Starting Early

My interest in pre-school guitar lessons, and music education first started when a lady rang me wanting guitar lessons: she owned a private pre-school and thought that it would be interesting for the children to watch her play guitar.

When she realised that it would take a while before she could actually play, she asked me to go in and do something with the children.

I did, and now nearly ten years later I spent much of my week attending private day nurseries.

I’m happy to share my experience of guitar in pre-school with other teachers. The most important thing in being able to adapt to this age range, is to treat it as an educational yet fun ‘music session’ rather than a standard ‘lesson.’


Pre School Guitar Lessons – Benefits

The guitar is an instrument ideally suited to convey the main elements of music to a young child:

  • Rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, structure and form.
  • Playing melodic phrases stimulates children to carry on the tune and remember the words to songs.
  • Bass lines and progressions open children’s ears to the concept of harmony.
  • Strummed progressions with strong rhythmic accents make them want to dance.
    The benefits for children of having a tutor come in to play guitar are psychological, personal, social and emotional.
  • There are also clear benefits for the guitar teacher: financial, personal development, musical development and a source of potential private students. In a broader aspect, promoting the guitar in nurseries will help gain a high profile for the guitar amongst babies/toddlers/preschoolers and parents.
  • From the nursery’s point of view, staff will appreciate your involvement and commitment, OFSTED inspections are always delighted to see live performances, and Social Services under- 8s departments are increasingly becoming aware of the positive educational and social impact.


Pre School Guitar Lessons – Potential Jobs

To sustain the work in the long term requires planning, dedication and a close working relationship with the day staff in pre-schools.

I now offer individual /company training for pre-school staff who want to implement the foundation stage music curriculum – as laid out by the DfES.

I hope that this brief article has given you an insight into this, as yet, mostly untapped source of employment for guitar teachers.

Because of the vast numbers of pre-schools all over the country the potential is big.


Do you teach pre school guitar lessons? Share your thoughts and tips on this subject below.

One thought on “Teaching Pre School Guitar Lessons

  1. I don’t teach guitar until Yr 3 (start of Juniors). I would imagine teaching pre-school age children is very hard. If this guy can do it though then hat’s off to him.

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