Amanda T. answered 09/19/21
DMA, MA, and BFA in Music, 15+ years teaching
For younger students (elementary school) I like to start with a set of books including fun songs, technique building, and music theory. I believe young students learn best when they have a familiar structure to their lessons, and clear expectations about practice.
For older students (teenagers and adults) I like to start with a discussion about goals. Then I can recommend specific books that are best in helping them gain the skills they are most interested in.