Guitarist, clinician, and teacher Jason Yeary holds undergraduate (B.M.) and graduate (M.A.) degrees from Middle Tennessee State University, achieving an Outstanding Achievement Award from the MTSU School of Music. He has also completed additional graduate work at Eastern Kentucky University and undergone training in the Orff Schülwerk. Yeary has performed across the United States as a guitarist in jazz, country, and rock groups and performed on numerous recordings. He has served as a clinician for universities and school districts in Tennessee and Kentucky. A former elementary music teacher in Nashville, TN, Yeary currently teaches elementary music in Lexington, KY.
I have heard elementary music teachers say, “But guitar is too hard for kids.” I cannot disagree more. Utilizing guitars in the elementary classroom provides a powerful means for teaching music to young students.
Teaching kids to play guitar is a powerful means of promoting life-long learning in music. Traditionally, elementary music teachers have been limited in how they teach chordal accompaniment, but using guitar gives these an extra tool for chordal instruction. Here's a fun, innovative approach to teaching guitar chords.