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I don’t think most kids generally have the ability to match pitch during the early stages of learning to play – especially when there are 25 other kids trying to do the same thing. Like Bill mentioned above, I insist that kids not touch their tuning pegs for the first semester. After a semester of playing, I show kids how to use a clip-on tuner. These work pretty good in classroom settings as long as the guitar is close to in tune already.

When a student has played for a few weeks they can often tell if their instrument is “off” and I’ll tune it for them. It also takes up much less precious instructional time.