A Word About Child Protection
Although this article is about how to become a guitar teacher there are other considerations. You will know doubt be teaching young people or at least a good percentage of your pupil roster will be under the age of fifteen. I always ensure that with very young children a parent or guardian is present. This is not only for appearance’s sake, but it gives protection to me as the parent is right there at all times.
With so many child abuse stories now coming to the fore, you need to take this seriously. It may seem silly, but I don’t have any physical contact with any children I teach. For example, if I need to touch a finger to point the child to play on another fret or position on the fingerboard I will use the rubber end of a pencil to do so. This may seem like overkill, however, most schools now have a no contact policy and you should be aware of this.
In Scotland any individual working with or teaching children can apply to Disclosure Scotland which runs the PVG – Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme. After checks you will be certified to teach young people. Most countries now run something similar so it would do no harm for you to find out what your country or state has in place with regards teaching children.
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