For young students (under 10) I typically recommend always starting on a classical (nylon string) guitar for ease on their fingers, while after that age we can look into classical, acoustic or electric guitar. With the different instruments I tend to work with different syllabi - Trinity for Classical, RGT for Acoustic and Rock School for Electric - though the paths are always determined by what will suit the student best.
Areas of Study
Understanding the basic structure and components of a guitar. Maintenance, anatomy, different makes/designs
Good practical ability backed up by theoretical understanding of CAGED chord structure. Right hand strumming/finger style technique
Legato/staccato styles with and without a plectrum
Left hand playing techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs and right hand tapping
From my early days as a Radiohead, Muse and Jeff Buckley obsessive, through to studying the technical shredding of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Paul Gilbert, the guitar has been one of my weapons of choice for 15 years. Having played in many pit bands as both guitarist and bassist, through to live performances (odd highlight being supporting Charlotte Church!) and recordings, I’ve had experience in a wide range of guitar styles.