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How To Choose A Good Piano Teacher

How To Choose A Good Piano Teacher

How To Choose A Good Piano Teacher. Learning to play the piano is not only soothing to the soul, but can promote positive life-long benefits…so finding the right piano teacher is essential.

Step 1: You Will Need

  • Newspaper
  • Phonebook
  • Internet

Step 2: Follow the Music

Call or visit local music stores. If they sell pianos or sheet music, they usually also recommend experienced piano teachers.

Look in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under "Music Instruction".

Check the local newspaper and internet for classified ads. Of course, personal references from friends and family are often the most valuable.

Step 3: Set Up a Meeting

The right teacher can make or break your learning experience. You need to find a teacher whose style and personality fit well with yours. If you are a beginner, you may also need to learn to read music. This takes patience. If you don't enjoy your lessons, your playing may suffer.

Step 4: Ask for References

Find out how many years of experience a teacher has, and ask for references. An experienced teacher is likely to be committed to teaching, and will continue to offer lessons. Ideally you want to find a teacher who will nurture your growth as a piano student so you won't quit prematurely.

Step 5: Length and Lesson Location

It is important for piano lessons to be convenient. Will you meet at your home, your teachers home or a music school? Ask about the length of each lesson. Beginning piano lessons generally last 30 - 45 minutes. Beyond that may be too long, especially for a child.

Step 6: Practice Philosophies and Expectations

Learning to play piano can be a big investment, between the cost of the instrument and the amount of time required for lessons and practice. Find out how long your teacher expects you to practice. Most recommend daily practice to improve muscle memory and improve sight reading. If students and teachers an not in sync with expectations the students experience may not be positive.

Step 7: Fees and Policies

Find out what the fees are per class and what the teachers policy is for missed lessons. Teachers may not charge for a missed lesson if the student is ill. But it is important to know the teachers fees before signing with them.

Step 8: Schedule Your Lesson

After spending time researching, meeting and finding the right teacher for you, it is time to schedule your lesson. Just remember: Rome wasn't built in a day. Patience and practice are essential components to becoming a pianist.