#007: Making Guitar Lessons Fun with Mario Lattuada

Why is it so important for teachers to make guitar lessons fun? In this episode with Mario Lattuada, an experienced musician and music teacher, we chat about how planting seeds with your students and making guitar lessons fun for them create big ripple effects in their musical journey. Join us as we talk about how this approach has worked for Mario and the benefits it has given his students.


  • Mario gives a brief introduction about himself and his journey.
  • Characteristics they look for in students who audition for music school.
  • The joys of planting seeds with your students.
  • Mario’s approach to teaching people differently than beginners.
  • His thoughts on people who don’t improvise.
  • The importance of nurturing musicians for who they are and helping them discover what they want to be.
  • Advice for people who are looking to get into a music career but don’t know how to make money out of it.
  • Navigating teaching online.
  • Mario shares his current and upcoming projects
  • Books about music that he has read or currently reading
  • One mistake he has made in his teaching career.
  • Final words of wisdom or advice to guitar players or teachers.


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Today’s Guest

Mario Lattuada is a Melbourne-based musician and music teacher with a professional career spanning more than 40 years of experience. Primarily a guitarist, he has performed in a variety of genres, including Classical, Jazz, Latin American, and Popular music styles. As the principal guitarist with the Australian Pops/Philharmonic Orchestra for 23 years, he performed with The Three Tenors, John Williams (guitarist), The Bolshoi Ballet and many other artists. In 2016, Mario also released his own solo CD project entitled, Espiritu Latino – a collection of South American guitar music. He has been a Lecturer and Head of Guitar studies at Box Hill Institute from 1991 to 2021. During this time, he has inspired and been a mentor to many students who are now performers and teachers with their own careers and musical projects.


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