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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 https://www.sglearnpiano.com/. Getting a good teacher is very important if you want to successfully learn and master playing the piano.

Are There Benefits To Having Your Child Take Piano Lessons?

A lot of parents think that learning the piano is only for letting their children learn a musical instrument which will have no benefit to the child’s future life other than potentially being a music teacher. Therefore, many parents think that if a child does not intend to become a piano teacher, or if a parent snubs at a piano teacher’s salary, that their child should not learn the musical instrument. However, they cannot be more wrong. There are way more benefits to learning the piano (including material/pragmatic benefits) for your children. Anyway, if you are sold on the idea of getting music lessons for your child, then here are some good local piano teachers you can engage for your child.

First of all, children who learn the piano at a young age tend to develop more grey matter in their minds. The amount of grey matter is directly correlated with IQ, and so if your children learn piano from a young age, they tend to grow up smarter. With a higher IQ, your child will be able to do better in all areas of life, not just academic, as he or she will be able to better critically analyse everything. Remember, while academic results are not the main determinant of a child’s future success, a good and high IQ is still required to succeed in life. This is especially the case in Singapore where everything is expensive. Succeeding in his or her career is of utmost importance to lead a good life.

Second of all, learning the piano allows your child to work out both sides of his or her brain. There is a linguistic/artistic part of the brain, as well as a mathematical part of the brain. When your child plays the musical instrument, he or she works out both hands independently of each other and in doing so, ‘exercises’ both sides of his or her brain. This way, your child can perform equally well academically as well as in his or her future life as an adult in Singapore,  because he or she will be a well-rounded person!

As you can see, learning the piano as a musical instrument is very beneficial for your child. Sure, you can let your child learn the drums or guitar e.t.c. But I think you can agree that most people think piano looks the most cultured as well as sounds the best among all the musical instruments in the world. It is also one of the most versatile ones ever! Imagine if your child wants to perform and be a professional performer in future. Can you imagine him or her as a professional trombone player? That will be just weird and difficult to make a living off. However, as a composer or a professional pianist, if your child chooses so, he or she can make a full time income doing what he or she is passionate about! How amazing would that life be for your child?

Do I Need A Piano At Home To Take Piano Lessons?

Whether you are a Singaporean parent looking to get your child(ren) home piano lessons in Singapore or are looking for piano lessons yourself, you must have heard that most learners have pianos in their own homes. However, is this really necessary?

Buying a piano in Singapore is not the cheapest thing, especially first hand. Therefore, it is normal to ask if you really need a piano of your home to master playing the musical instrument.

Technically, as a private music student in Singapore, you could go to a private teacher studio/apartment to learn your lessons. However, when it comes to practice time, it is where things get more complicated, because you will now probably need to rent a studio at a public music school for each practice session. This is because you cannot simply rely only on practising during the actual lesson itself if you want to truly master it. You will need to practise often. This can be a hassle, and the eventual costs added up may not be cheap at all.

If you are going for graded examinations, you definitely need the most amount of practice. In this case, it is recommended to go for a piano purchase, and even purchase a higher end upright piano, so that it can last you or your child until the higher ABRSM piano grades. If you find it too expensive, then make sure to buy a good second hand higher end upright one instead. If you are thinking of buying a Yamaha piano, then picking the Yamaha U series piano will be a good choice.

If you are not going for ABRSM graded musical examinations, and are just learning the musical instrument for fun, then the choice is not so clear. You can either simply buy a keyboard, purchase a cheap second hand piano, or simply rent studio to practice. However, I strongly recommend the first two – either buying a keyboard or a cheap second hand piano instead. When it comes to mastery of any musical instrument, it is practice that makes perfect. No amount of talent or gift will help you master it magically without hard work.