Hey guys, I've recently started teaching group beginner (acoustic) guitar lessons through my city's rec centres. It's more-or-less going well so far at this point (3 weeks in) but I'm quickly running a fine line between "running out of things to teach" and "teaching way too much". I've had a student... not so much complain as point out that the theory stuff is getting really quickly too advanced for people trying to focus on basic technique, which I think is valid. So I figured I'd post my "curriculum" here and get some commentary on it, so that I can finish developing it and if necessary reorganize it for the next go around. The structure of the program is 8 weekly 2-hour classes for adults. Ages range from mid 20s to... I'd say mid 70s, with a hard minimum at 18. In each class I'm trying to focus on a bit of theory, a bit of technique, a few chords, and a couple "repertoire" songs using some/all of the new chords (which I'd love mroe recommendations for, I've been yoinking ideas from justinguitar for them). This is what I've got so far: Week 1 Introductions Anatomy of a Guitar and Guitar Accessories Holding the guitar Picking open strings Introduction to reading chord charts and tablature Tuning D, A, and E - One Minute Changes (DA, DE, AE) Week 2 Notes, chords, and scales Musical Alphabet Sharps/Flats What is a Scale What is a Chord The Major Scale Metronome and Rhythm Rhythmic notation Strumming Patterns Using a metronome effectively Repertoire Hound Dog Bad Moon Rising Week 3 Major scale review (as we had a student who missed the previous class and the rest wanted a refresher) Minor scale "Tuning frets" (5th fret = open next string, etc.) Fretting Exercise (5-6-7-8 on each string up and down) C and G Repertoire Miss You Louie Louie Week 4 The Notes on the Staff/Basic reading Fretting Exercise Level 2 (alternating 5-6-7-8 and 8-7-6-5 up and down the strings) New Chords - G and C Repertoire Hey Joe Hey Ya Week 5 Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths String-skipping exercise (5-6-7-8 on E, then D, then A, then G, etc.) New Chords - G7 C7 B7 Fmaj7 Repertoire Save Tonight I Wanna Hold Your Hand Week 6 Recognizing Intervals Hammer-ons and Pull-offs (5h7 up the strings, 8p6 down, then 0h5h7p5p0 up and down) New Chords: A7 D7 E7 Repertoire Blue Suede Shoes Folsom Prison Blues Week 7 Here's where I've kinda run out of material... I'm not sure what would be "too advanced" (ie. modes, chord theory, etc.) New Chords: F B Fm Bm Repertoire House of the Rising Sun Little Talks Week 8 Power Chords Really Got You Some other power-chord-heavy song that I haven't decided on yet I've been using a couple different sources (chiefly Justinguitar and Mel Bay) but most are for vastly different formats, goals, and/or structures so it's hard to adapt it all into this pretty rigid framework I've got to work in. Thanks for the insights, dudes!