Recently, I decided it would be a good idea to educate myself on the current trends and products available for class guitar, since this is an area that I am very unfamiliar with. I was actually surprised by the variety of resources and books available for this subject! I came across a couple of really great non-profit organizations that help teachers get started on teaching group guitar, and that also have many great free resources available for current teachers right on their websites. Check them out at http://www.guitarsintheclassroom.org/ and http://littlekidsrock.org/index.html.
Many message boards that I looked at in the process of my research had posts from class guitar teachers saying that they are forced to use books meant for individual students, because there are no class/group guitar materials out there. This is simply not true! Yes, it is true that sometimes the books meant for individual guitar students (like the Hal Leonard Guitar Method or Essential Elements for Guitar) might be best-suited for a particular teacher and their class guitar group, but there are a wide variety of other materials available to choose from in the print music world. Below are just a few options take a look at. We have some of these books in stock at our West Music locations, but if we don’t, we can always quickly and easily special order any these for you! Just stop into one of our retail locations and we’ll help you out with anything you need to get started!
Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Guitar
Guitar Method 1
Jerry Snyder's Guitar School