My teaching style is a blend of "traditional" and non-traditional. By traditional I mean
that I usually do start out new students on a basic reading/theory book such as Mel Bay One
or Ronnie Lee One especially younger students, however my "non-traditional" approach is that I try and get the student to play the instrument right away using EASY TO UNDERSTAND CHARTS AND TABLATURE for both chords and scales. I see no reason or benefit on spending limited lesson time every week on just teaching the new student how to read when there are so many options and ways to learn. Yes reading is important, but it takes many years to become proficient at it. Those months and years can be spent on learning how to play in addition to learning how to read standard musical notation.
For most beginner to intermediate students I use a threefold approach;