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PDFs to print and make your own materials for teaching.
The Montessori Guitar Book.
WHO CAN USE THESE VIDEOS
Montessori teachers who wish to include guitar in their environment.
Guitar teachers who wish to use Montessori teaching principles in their lessons.
Students who wish to teach themselves.
This series of videos shows how to present each of the presentations for the first section of my Book Montessori Guitar Method: Playing single line melodies on the treble strings and basic accompaniment on the treble strings.
Watch each video lesson.
Print out the materials from the PDF
Practice giving the materials until they are totally natural.
Go forth and teach!
Watch each video lesson and do it. You can now play. Go and be creative now.
HOW IT ALL WORKS
A presentation is a lesson. It is usually silent unless the lesson is to teach words or vocabulary (like the names of the strings for example).
The idea is to present one aspect of playing at a time. And then to let the student put these things together in the act of playing.
Each aspect of playing can be presented in different ways. For example, when learning to play open strings the student experiences this while being shown notation, while learning the names of the strings and while imitating the teacher on the guitar. These three lessons would be given at different times and would complement and reinforce each other.
There is no particular order for the lessons, although of course open strings would be before closed strings and simple three note melodies before entire pieces. Some students will like some lessons/pieces and benefit from them and not enjoy others. This is fine.
The teacher’s only job is to give the presentations and then observe the effect. If the student is struggling the teacher gives the presentation again or gives another presentation, usually at another time. For example if the student is struggling to remember which string is which on the notation presentation, it could be beneficial to give the names of the strings presentation at another time, and then return to the notation presentation in the next lesson.
This is NOT a method which uses the “practice makes perfect” philosophy. A perfect presentation at the perfect time (when the student is interested and ready) is what makes perfect. A constellation of perfect presentations absorbed without effort will make a perfect guitarist. Simple.
Most lessons would only last a few minutes and therefore are ideally given within the context of a larger Montessori classroom where children can wander over, have a short presentation, and continue on their way. If given in a guitar lesson the lesson should be short for younger pupils. I find giving one or two presentations per lesson taking about ten minutes is enough to get a young person playing these melodies within about six to eight short lessons.