CPTP140: Getting Teen Beginners Fired-Up with Jennifer Eklund

teen beginners

Some teachers really find teen beginners a bit of a struggle. These students come to us from a very different place than our younger kiddos and often with pretty unreal expectations of how fast they’re going to progress.

But these were some of Jennifer Eklund’s favourite students to teach. She’s on the podcast today to convince you that they can be your favourites too, and give you some great tips on how to be successful with teen beginners.

Jennifer Eklund

Jennifer Eklund has just launched a new method book especially for older beginners. Fired Up! uses rich harmonies, duets and backing tracks right from the get-go and is perfect for those teen beginners who want to sound good yesterday.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why teen beginners were some of Jennifer’s favourite students
  • What makes teaching teen beginners tricky for some teachers
  • How we can deal with YouTube tutorials
  • How to approach the first lessons with a new teen beginner
  • What to do with students who want to “sound good yesterday”
  • The value of backing tracks for teenage students
  • Why you should be playing duets with all your students
  • How to get started with improv based on your students’ pieces

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How do you approach teaching older beginners?

Have you struggled to keep your teens engaged? Do you have any tips to share on what worked for you?

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