The age when children start taking guitar lessons has seen a constant decrease in the last few years. Today, many children start to play guitar at only 6 years old. This development has essentially been driven by two factors, which also mean that children are coming to lessons with different requirements.
Firstly, the large increase in early musical education has led to a greater demand by children who want to start instrument lessons early. These children have already had their first musical experience and already have their own ideas about what the music lesson will involve. The second factor can be observed more generally: children are being introduced to new steps in life earlier. Children who come to guitar lessons due to this factor haven’t taken an elementary music course, have no prior musical knowledge, and come to their lessons without any preconceptions.
The structure of this book is orientated towards gradual progression, and introduces children to the foundations of music and playing techniques in small steps.
This guitar book for children aims to provide an open plan for lessons. The pupils will be introduced to many different areas (e.g. fingerings, musical expressions) so that they become familiar with the range of possibilities available to them and so that they can develop their independence.
The written explanations therefore only discuss important, fundamental matters. Individual adjustments for posture and techniques need the instruction of a teacher in lessons, in order to avoid any unnecessary confusion.
This book is available in German only.
The musical education for guitar for children from 6 years
After his studies in ‘general music education’ and ‘instrumental teaching – guitar’ and after taking various master classes (with Karl Scheit, Alexandre Lagoya and Hubert Käppel), Ingo Brzoska concerned himself with early instrumental guitar lessons (for children from around 6 years old) and wrote the ‘AMA Guitar Course for kids’ with an age range of 6 and 10 years old in mind.
In short chapters which build on one another, learners will be introduced to the foundation stones of guitar playing (the instrument, sitting position, thumb position and note values, among others). The authors aim was that learners, by the end of this course, would have a basic knowledge of the notes in first position, keys, note values and dynamic elements. What they have learned will be solidified by repeating small segments in a playful way.
This book is excellently composed in a didactic way. With its small and playful warm-up exercises, it is a treasure trove for teachers who can implement this course in small groups (between 2 and 4 pupils). The CD, with a choice of 45 exercises from the book, can also be used as a stand-alone study tool. Several puzzles and quizzes, as well as funny illustrations, perfect learning success and ensure that the necessary ‘fun factor’ is there, so that children don’t loose the fun of learning.
With a choice of songs such as ‘Jingle Bells’ or ‘Ihr Kinderlein kommet’ (arranged for 3 guitars), the pupils will, by the end of the book, learn their first ensemble piece and experience the first feelings of success when performing it for others. With this, pupils have all the tools necessary to keep working with further guitar courses (‘Guitar Playing Fun’ by Ingo Brzoska, AMA No. 610200 or ‘Adventures in Guitar. Vol. 1’ by Jens Kienbaum, AMA No. 610380E).
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Ingo Brzoska, born in 1957, studied at the University for Music in Cologne/Wuppertal, taking the state exams in ‘General Musical Education’ (Prof. Karl-Heinz Zarius), ‘Instrumental Education Guitar’ (Prof. Alfred Eickholt) and the artistic final exam (Prof. Dieter Kreidler), as well as talking part in many master classes. He has taught guitar at music schools and as a freelancer since 1980, became head of a music school in 1989 and since 1990 has been responsible for the organisation and leadership of the state music school in Bottrop. He has worked with early instrumental guitar lessons (from 6 years old) and has been developing a methodical and didactic concept especially for this age group since 1985. He is musically active in chamber groups and as a soloist, leads a mandolin and guitar orchestra, is the author of teaching books and is a lecturer at training events.
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