How To Choose a Piano Teacher
If you go on Craigslist and search for piano teachers, you will find hundreds of teachers and music schools currently accepting students. Every ad will look basically the same but as we know, not all teachers are the same. How do you find the right piano teacher for your child or yourself??
What is the teacher’s background?
How long have they been teaching? Do they currently have students? You don’t want to be a guinea pig for a new teacher. You want to make sure they have taught students like you before. Ask for references! Any quality teacher will be happy you want to call one of their current students because they know their students will speak highly of them. A good teacher doesn’t need to come from a conservatory of music. But you do want to make sure they are trained on their instrument and know what they are talking about!
What style/method does the teacher use?
Many teachers can teach any style while others are strictly classical or jazz ect. Why do you want to take lessons? If you just want to learn some fun tunes and make a hobby out of it, you don’t want someone who is going to insist you work out of 3 different theory books and technique books and give you stringent practice guidelines. If you’d like your son to be the next Beethoven, then that’s a different story. If you want to learn Jazz, there are teachers out there who will do just that. For parents who want their kids to have a positive 1st experience, find someone fun and enthusiastic who will keep them motivated and inspired.
Where do lessons take place?
If you are signing up for lessons at a music studio, is it a friendly, clean, safe environment? Go check it out. Will you be happy walking in each week? Many studios and companies offer In-Home music lessons. Taking lessons in your own home is ideal for most kids. Mom doesn’t have to drive and kids are in their comfort zone. Again, if a lesson service or school is going to send an instructor into your home, make sure you talk to some of his/her current students and families. Make sure this is someone you want to open your doors for each week.
Does the teacher offer recitals?
Recitals should be part of any music program. It gives students goals a real reason to practice. Performing in front of your peers can be stressful and scary but the rewards far outweigh the stress leading up to the performance. No matter what level students are playing at, completing a recital will be a huge accomplishment and can be very inspirational as you see what others are capable of.