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Being A Piano Teacher In Singapore – Is It A Good Career?

If you are thinking of becoming a piano teacher in Singapore, stop whatever you are doing now and read this article only. You do not want to make the wrong decision when it comes to your future financial life and career in Singapore.

Are you wondering whether becoming a private home piano tutor in Singapore is a good choice for you in 2018 going into 2019? You are at the right place.

Let us discuss your career prospects as a piano teacher in Singapore.

It really depends on what you define as a good career. Some people define it as having stability. Others define it in terms of monetary rewards. Others define it as job freedom. In our opinion, being a private home piano teacher (i.e. self employed teacher), you really get all three of the above. Let me explain.

Even though many conservative people in Singapore think that being self employed is one of the furthest things from being stable, they are wrong. How often do you hear of people working really hard and contributing a lot to their companies for years or decades, only to be fired or retrenched at the snap of a fingers? It is becoming extremely prevalent in Singapore, and any developed countries as wages go up and costs go up, and companies try to cut unnecessary costs. If your boss does not like your face, he or she can give you lots of unnecessary workplace stress by giving you work he or she knows you hate e.t.c. to make you give up and quit or eventually get fired. The danger of working as an employee is that a mistake that is not yours can cause you to be fired and lose 100% of your income immediately. Forget about protecting your kids and family then. However, when you are self employed, you are only affected by actions you take or do not take. You are in control of your life and career.

Second of all, while it is not possible to make a huge income right off the bat, you can start as a part time piano teacher while still a student or working elsewhere. This will give you the confidence boost you sorely need as a self employed person. This is why many teachers join an agency to get the boost in students acquisition at the beginning, and even throughout their careers so that they can get a steady extra flow of students. When you are at least able to get approximately 10 students as a part time teacher, you will be making anywhere between $1300 to $3000 a month. You can then quit and become a full time piano teacher in Singapore. Very soon you will be able to reach for the skies as a piano teacher as long as you are willing to work hard.

Third of all, as a private home piano teacher, you decide your schedule and locations you want to travel to for music lessons within Singapore. Of course, the more stringent you are, the hard it is for you to get students. But at the end of the day, you are free to pick your own schedule and travelling. This is a type of freedom that is rarely (or never) seen in the corporate world (shivers in fear). This is a form of freedom which can only possibly come as a self employed piano teacher in Singapore.

Should You Take Piano Lessons At Home Or At The Teacher’s Studio?

Are you wondering if you should take piano lessons in the comfort of your own home or travel to your teacher’s studio to take lessons? If so, then you are at the right place. Let us compare the advantages of each way, and you can then make a better and more informed decision.

Advantages of learning at the piano teacher’s studio

  • If a teacher bothers to set up an entire music studio and/or convert one whole room within his or her house to a piano studio, then you can rest assured that he or she is relatively serious about teaching as a full time career. It is not cheap to set up an entire studio. If he or she puts in the effort and money to do so, he or she is probably taking this as a career seriously.
  • If you were to take lessons in  the teacher’s studio, the place will usually be stocked up with lots of equipment and supplies such as music CDs, sheet music e.t.c. If there is the need to access any of that halfway during the piano lesson, then the teacher can easily grab it to pass it to you.

Advantages of taking piano lessons in your own house

  • You will save on transportation costs, as you will not need to travel to the teacher’s studio and back again.
  • There will also be lots of time saved when it comes to home piano lessons. You will need to account for traffic nor travelling time. You can then save a lot of time and use that time for whatever other purposes/things you may want to do. There is no need to risk the MRT breaking down either for those of you taking it to travel to the teacher’s place.
  • If it is your child who is taking the lessons, then you as a parent can monitor your child’s learning progress as well. This way, you will know whether your child is really improving in his or her piano playing. Additionally, it is also safer for your child since your child does not need to travel around – this is especially the case if your child is still really young!
  • When you can learn and practise on the exact same piano, it is far easier for you to effectively grasp the concepts taught to you during the lessons.

As you can see, there are different benefits for each method of learning, and there is no right way. It all depends on what you prefer, and what you value more. Regardless of the type of learning you want, whether it be learning at the teacher’s studio or in the comfort of your house, engaging a good teacher is very important. I strongly recommend that you get yours through an agency such as Getting a good teacher is very important if you want to successfully learn and master playing the piano.

How To Ace Piano Aural Exams For Singaporean Students

The aural segment of the ABRSM piano examinations is the weakness of many local Singaporean students, and some reasons for that is as follows.

Singaporeans tend to be more shy when it comes to singing compared to their western counterparts. Their western friends generally have a very high threshold before they feel ’embarrassed’. This means that most Singaporean music students are shy and do not fully sing out loud comfortably even if they are actually very good at singing. A simple way to overcome this issue is to simply just go ahead with it. Just imagine that the opinion of whoever’s listening does not matter. Then you can easily sing in front of friends (it can be random songs!) or family members. Over time, you would not be bothered by other people’s opinions, regardless of who they are.

Second of all, many Singaporean students tend to be perfectionists. However, it is very difficult to be a perfectionist when it comes to the aural segment for the ABRSM piano examinations. This is why local students tend to put their effort and focus into the exam pieces and scales only where they technically can be ‘perfect’. However, aural examinations is one of the easiest portions to improve in and score well for! It is one thing to put more effort into pieces and scales. It is another thing (and this is bad) if you practise them at the expense of aural segment. Do not forsake the aural segment. It is very easy to score in.

Getting a good private piano teacher from a local teacher-student agency like SG LEARN PIANO is of course very useful as well. Watch the following video and download the official ABRSM aural exam help application to practise so that you can truly be an all rounder in the ABRSM piano exams in Singapore!