I have a very enthusiastic approach to teaching. The curriculum I like to use varies according to the student's desires. I tend to teach more college and tour band bound students than anything else. Theory and practical application are the foundation, and my approach makes it accessible for all students.
Depends on the student. Harmonic awareness is very important. Know your chords! not every student I've had wanted to learn to read music I'll never force a student to learn, but I push it as a very helpful tool I cover all three aspects of music in each and ever lesson I give. Harmony, Melody, Rhythm!