Tips for teaching adult music students

RCM Staff
Most adult music students take lessons because they want to learn. Perhaps they’ve made a New Year’s resolution to learn an instrument and play their favourite song. Maybe they’ve decided to dust off the guitar that’s been sitting in the back of the closet. Or perhaps they’re looking for a way to stay engaged and challenge themselves. Whatever the reason, teaching adults who are eager to learn can be a rewarding experience. Here are some tips to make the most of your sessions. 

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