Tag Archives: teacher

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.

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.