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Kiasu Singaporean Parents – How To Find Good Piano Teachers?

As a kiasu Singaporean parent, you are probably worried about where and how to find the best private piano teachers in Singapore. I will share with you some of the best ways to look for a teacher in Singapore.

Going through a private piano teacher agency in Singapore

First of all, I strongly recommend that you consider going through a Singapore private piano teacher agency. One of the biggest benefits of going through a Singapore piano teacher agency is the instant access to a lot of teachers all at once. If you were to find your own teacher one by one (which I will talk more later), that is not efficient, and there actually is no real benefit – I will explain why shortly. Agencies usually have access to more than a handful of piano teachers scattered all around Singapore. Whether you want lessons at the teacher’s studio or in the comfort of your own house, you will be able to find the right teacher through an agency. Of course, not all agencies are equally recommended, and a good one I know of is SG LEARN PIANO.

Another benefit of going through an agency is because the way it works is that you never need to pay extra to the agency. The agency only charges the teachers if they get them students. This means that you get the benefits of the agency (e.g. such as time saving e.t.c.) without any downsides or extra costs compared to if you had searched for independent teachers yourself.

If you are a busy and kiasu Singaporean parent, there is no better way to find a good teacher than through an agency. They will not risk destroying their own reputation by recommending you a lousy teacher. On the other hand, individual teachers tend to risk that because they can only recommend themselves. I strongly recommend to find a teacher through an agency for you if you are a kiasu parent.

Finding a piano teacher through online forums

There are mummy forums online throughout Singapore, and you can easily find teachers who are tooting their own horns on these forums. While obviously not all teachers are good, you can read the recommendations of the other forum posters online. Usually, if a teacher is good or bad, you will be able to read reviews of them on these forums.

However, one bad thing about looking for a piano teacher independently is that their adverts tend to be very biased. This is because while an agency can simply recommend you another teacher if they find one to have bad reviews, an independent/individual teacher cannot do so. They will not be able to make any kind of income if they referred you elsewhere. Therefore, they have a higher incentive to lie. Does this mean they all lie? No. But does this mean that the reliability will fall? Yes.

Final tips and thoughts for looking for a piano teacher in Singapore

Regardless of the way you decide to find a piano teacher for yourself or for your child, you should always ask to verify the teacher’s certifications. The agency or the teacher will be able to furnish you with photocopied versions as well as the original on the first lesson as proof of his or her competency.

Additionally, if you choose to use an agency like the way I recommend it above, always request to have a teacher who lives nearby you if possible. This way, you can easily make future schedule changes e.t.c. if required without inconveniencing the teacher too much in the unlikely event that is required. Of course, always make changes only far in advance, and try to steer clear of last minute changes in timing.

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.