EdBlog Watch: A Reason to Fret

Blogwatch_6Long a symbol of youth, rebellion, and rock ‘n’ roll, guitars captivate the attention of children like few other instruments. A recent article in Edutopia highlights how teachers can take advantage of this interest by using guitar as a classroom tool, a means to engage students with academic material and foster their social skills.

Guitar is also a great way to encourage arts education and get children to pick up an instrument. Rob Hampton’s blog, A Guitar Teacher’s Lesson Book, is a hip, yet down-to-earth, resource for guitar players of all ages and skill levels. He provides comprehensive tutorials, handy tips, chord charts and—for the truly dedicated—an ongoing chronicle of his quest to build a guitar amplifier from scratch. For teachers looking to learn a few chords in hopes of incorporating guitar into their lesson plans or for students eager to learn more about the instrument, Hampton’s blog provides an online repository of useful, well-written instruction.

Visit Hampton’s blog at A Guitar Teacher’s Lesson Book. For more information on how to bring guitar into the classroom, check out Guitars in the Classroom, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting learning through music.

Submitted by Ben Licciardi, a reference librarian in ASCD’s Information Resource Center. Education Blog Watch also appears every two weeks in the ASCD Express newsletter.