Updated: Oct 23, 2019
Learning piano is one of the most popular curriculum in Singapore for children!
Often, many parents look around before they enroll their children in piano lessons.
One of the challenge is where do they go to find a professional and experienced piano teacher?
When planning your child’s musical education there are many issues that should be considered, one of the most relevant is the selection of the piano teacher. This choice will have a very important impact on your child’s piano learning and the way they see the piano in the future. If you select the wrong piano teacher, you may accidentally cause your child to develop an aversion to learning the piano. In Singapore, you should be able to find a wide selection of qualified piano teachers.
Piano learning process takes place over a generally long period of time, possibly for many weeks or even months. It’s important to make the right decision and meet a piano teacher who will have chemistry with your young kid or yourself. It is no easy task to find that special piano teacher, one that can stimulate a child’s commitment to learn. A piano teacher that can keep the student interested as well as have the skills to put together interesting and fun lessons is one that you want to work with.
Chemistry or the Credentials
At first you may think that a piano teacher with a box full of credentials would be a fantastic candidate. However this is not necessarily the case. Many teachers may be fully accredited with years of experience but if they do not like to work with children, they may not have much long term success with your child. If you mistakenly hire this type of teacher, his style may not be one that allows a teacher-student chemistry to develop. If you find a piano teacher that is able to build confidence as well as keep the piano instructions moving towards a constructive goal, that is a great start. Just remember, for the lessons to be fun you don’t have to find a young teacher. Likewise, to find a talented piano teacher with loads of experience and certifications, don’t think the teacher has to be old.
Rates, Locations and Cost
Depending on the piano teacher, the rate of fee here in Singapore will vary greatly. The more certifications and verifiable experience, the more often you will find higher rates, as with anything in life.
Piano teachers know that with kids in Singapore, lessons are more likely to be consistent, often, the lessons will go on for years. Children are more likely to have a higher commitment level as it involves parents who are serious to put their kids to piano exams and achieve a Grade 8. Therefore, with kids, many teachers offer better rates compared to adults. For some adult learners, cost may be higher as many adult learners travel for work, have more unpredictable schedule and may have lesser or shorter commitment as many adults learn piano but may not want to go for piano exams. If you are a committed adult learner, communicate your schedule with the piano instructor so that an agreement can be reached. Location/Distance is also an important factor to take note for sustainable managing of your time for lesson in the long run.
Do not be misled to think that just because someone has years of experience and high fees then they are a superior option. By evaluating the costs of the piano lessons, their schedule for your convenience and the way the get along with your child, you will be more able to see the picture of how this piano teacher will rank for your needs. The next step is definitely a trial lesson.
If you have found a prospective piano teacher, now is the time to setup an introduction or trial lesson, a lesson of about 20-25 minutes usually. This trial lesson will take place at the place where the normal lessons will be conducted, either in your house or at the piano teachers’ studio. You should plan to be there to see how things go with the lesson and see how the student and the piano teacher get along. The benefits of this trial lesson are many: Things to look out for:
1. This shows how the student will respond to the teacher in the learning environment
2. You can see how the teacher will interact with your child
3. If the teaching is at a studio you can inspect the piano teachers’ facilities.
4. You can learn what the teacher expects from your child
Piano teachers are always looking for new students who are passionate about learning. They are expecting you to do your job though also; things like making sure to be on time for lessons and ensure that the young student is up to par with his or her practices are things to keep in mind. By looking for the right teacher with discipline and keeping up on your responsibilities as a parent, your child should be very prosperous in their new piano playing learning.