What made you want to learn guitar? A student's first inspiration to learn to play the guitar usually comes from hearing a song or a band play in such a way as to motivate them to want to participate in music in the same way.
So it is important to find those special songs that inspire the student and teach the student to play them. Students will put more time into their practice schedule when you give them things to do that further their own goals and nothing does that better than some great tunes of their choosing.
How we do it. Students are encouraged, as their playing skills mature, to bring in songs that they would like to learn whether on individual CD's or their MP3 players, and now even on a netbook! (We have Wi-fi.) The studio sound system is set up to play CD's and also has a hook-up for all MP3 players or netbooks.
In addition, I have a collection of classic and modern songs, already charted out and copied to hand out to students. Artists covered include The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Blink 182, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Red Hot Chile Peppers, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Eagles, Led Zeppelin, U2, Green Day, Guns and Roses, John Lennon, Linard Skynard, Jason Miraz, Police, Rush, Eric Clapton, and more...
So what's your choice? Classic rock, Pop, Blues, Country, Punk, Metal, Ethnic...?