Deciding on a Private Piano Teacher
After you have a list of possible piano teachers, try to find out as
much as possible about the teacher before the meeting. Maybe it is
possible to attend a recital with the teachers' students?
a private teacher means there are a few things to consider. When you
call your prospective piano teachers, ask a few initial questions before
you make an appointment. If you hear things you do not like, you can
politely say you will think about it.
Set up an appointment after asking a few questions, like:
- Where is the teaching taking place, in your home, the teacher’s home, a studio or at a music store?
it is in the teacher’s home; are the piano lessons in a designated
studio or in the living room at home? Are family pets or other children
allowed in the room? Ringing telephones, television?
- What kind of instrument is used for the lessons? (A good quality piano is an absolute minimum requirement.)
- What ages are they teaching?
- What levels do they teach?
- What styles of music they teach?
Don't ask about the cost of the lessons at this point. When searching to find a piano teacher, as a general rule; don't settle for “cheap” teachers! It's more important that it must feel like the right teacher for you or your child. With
the right experience, professionalism and personality.
And you need to
meet the teacher for this. Then, and only then, ask for the price of the piano lessons. If they are cheaper than expected, happy news! If
the lessons are more than you can afford and you really like the
teacher, ask for other arrangements, maybe the teacher offers group
lessons, or even a shorter lesson. If you get a good feeling
about the teacher set up an appointment. If the lesson is for your
child, make sure s/he comes along as well.
The teacher may want to
hear you play if you have played before. If your child is transferring
from another teacher, s/he should bring the piano books used previously,
and prepare a couple of pieces for an audition. For a beginner child, a professional piano teacher may want to assess the student’s aptitude for learning with a short lesson.