The Great Wall of Guitars: Organization Tips and Tricks
I won’t lie, when I took my new job I was a little hesitant about having to teach two sections of guitar to middle school students. The tuning, the maintenance, the constant attention they would need…. but enough about the students. The guitars would need lots of help too. Teaching guitar has definitely been an adventure. I realized that the first things I would need to deal with were the procedure of getting the guitars out/putting away, teaching the students how to find their own guitar every time, and keeping guitars accessible yet out of harms way when K-5 waltzed in the door. Here are my tips, tricks, and ideas!
First Step – Organize and Sort the Guitars
The teacher before me had decided to name each guitar with a unique name so that kids could find their guitar every time. I loved the idea but decided to tweak it just a little. The names that she gave guitars were names like “Zeus” and “Ophelia” and “Buddy.” She had started out with the organization scheme of naming one guitar after every letter of the alphabet: “Annie,” “Buddy,” “Connor,” etc. There was one guitar for every letter of the alphabet and then some. She had to double some letters since there were more guitars than letters of the alphabet.
Naming the Guitars after famous Guitarists
Guitar Chord Charts for Student Reference
I’m also working on resources and trying to create new things as I work through how to teach the course. I’m trying to figure out what really does help in this guitar class situation and what things might be beneficial to other teachers. I’ve added the guitar chord charts along with a guitar chord “cheat sheet,” and some other resources. Check them out here.
If you have any other suggestions or ideas for resources, let me know! I’d love to create something that makes teaching guitar easier for you and for me! I’ve started a “Teaching — Guitar” pin board on pinterest and would love to make it collaborative. If you have great guitar ideas, pins, or want to pin to this guitar board let me know and I’ll make you a contributor (email me at MakeMomentsMatter@gmail.com and I can add you to the pinboard). Leave a comment below or shoot me an email with ideas!