One Thing All Good Teachers Have In Common


Start Teaching GuitarThink back to some of the teachers you’ve had in the past…not just music teachers. Which one was your favorite? Why did you like them so much?

I’d be willing to bet that one quality your favorite teacher had was that they actually seemed to CARE about you.

You can’t put a price tag on caring. It’s the single most important thing you can do to be a successful guitar teacher.

Want to be a teacher who cares?


  • Take the time to patiently answer your students questions.
  • Take the time to help them find creative ways to overcome the challenges they face on the guitar.
  • ENGAGE with them, CHALLENGE them when they need it, ENCOURAGE them when they need it, and KNOW them well enough to be able to tell the difference.

This is one of the biggest complaints I hear from people about their past guitar teachers…that they just didn’t care whether the students got better on the guitar or not.

A bad teacher will just keep taking money week after week whether the student makes progress or not. A good teacher will CARE enough to do whatever it takes to make sure that doesn’t happen.

I want to hear from you. Post a comment and tell me about a teacher who cared, and the difference it made in your life!

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One Thing All Good Teachers Have In Common was last modified: November 14th, 2012 by Donnie Schexnayder


  • Thinking back, I have only had 2 paid guitar teachers, one of them about 5 years into my playing, that lasted for the semester I was required to take guitar for my degree, and the 2nd I just ended with a few weeks ago after a month.
    Neither of these guys really cared about me.
    But I can say this, I HAVE had guitar teachers over the years that have; friends family, several guitar players at church, and even my Dad who actually didn’t play guitar, but encouraged me and supported me when I began. These were people who cared, and they all wanted me to be successful, and did not expect anything in return.
    We are trying to make a profit with this but I think you said something about a customer receiving 20 times their investment, and if we as teachers truly care about our students and treat them like family and friends, they will be more motivated and they will receive a much greater return!
    Thanks for the article Donnie.

    • Thanks, Austin! The market is WIDE OPEN for a guitar teacher who actually cares and understands what his/her students want…there just doesn’t seem to be very many teachers out there who “get it”. If you do, you can be really successful in this.

  • Anyse1

    The teacher who cared was not a music teacher: he was my biology teacher! I lived most of my life with naysayers and doubters, yet I was able to accomplish so much and, still, the doubters can see no good in what I have achieved. Now, I teach English in Viet Nam! Here I have met the “premiere” guitar teacher who, like other guitar teachers I have met, only wants to show of his “skill” and nothing more! I taught guitar years ago and got phenomenal results. Why? Because I learned so long ago that one has to care about his/her students. This site is propelling me to teach guitar here as well as English! Students here want to learn to play pop music more than folk, which is my area when I performed professionally in California. I can do this. I know. So, I shall begin and I will gather a cadre of students with their 2,000,000 VND guitars (about a month’s salary here in Viet Nam – about $100US) and teach them pop songs as well as English at the same time! What a combination, eh? Thank you for this site. I am stoked!

    • DonnieSchex

      Thanks for the comment!

      I think you’ll have an amazing experience teaching guitar in Vietnam. It sounds like you have the right mindset for success, and that the people there need a guitar teacher just like you…please keep in touch and let me know how it goes. :)

  • MeFree

    I stopped at a music store yesterday to purchase a thumb pick. (I want to learn Chet Atkins style) and the discussion lead to the fact the the guitar repair guy played with a thumb pick but only took very few students, specifically because he was tired of people who didn’t practice. 20 minutes later he offered to teach me. This is not the sort of Encouragement Story you might have expected, but at least I know where he stands, and I know what I need to commit to – practice! If I do my part, I fully expect he’ll do his. (and after purchasing his CD, he’s a great player too!)